Where I love the tea note most though is in Oolang Infini, one of the five original releases of Atelier Cologne. As I already mentioned in my reviews of Orange Sanguine, Trefle Pur and Bois Blonds, all of which have been a huge hit with me, the idea of a long-wearing cologne is a really great one and makes this line a great addition to the market.
Oolang Infini is a Cologne Absolue concentrated at 15%. Notes include bergamot, Tunisian neroli, Oolang tea, jasmine, blond leather, tobacco flower, gaiac wood and vetiver.
Oolong Infini manages to be light, fresh AND immensely calming and soothing. It is a light blue-grey scent in my color-translating mind. It is diaphanous, gauzy and a bit dewy, it smells exactly like a cloud in the sky would (and maybe does, who knows?).
I smell a lovely dance of bergamot and tea in the beginning. The tea note stays strong throughout the development and later is supported by vetiver and a hint of softest leather. This is ideal for both genders, it would be beautiful on a man, but I find it especially intriguing on a woman.
Oolang Infini is not sweet at all, it moves from dewy and cool to dry and warm, but keeps its character intact through out the journey thanks to the calming and soft tea note. That tea note is “blue tea”, a kind of tea that combines the freshness of green tea and the smokiness of black tea, according to the founders of Atelier Cologne Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel.
I find Oolang Infini to be among my favorites from the line (I have five favorites currently, because I haven’t smelled the new release, Vanille Insensée, yet ;)).
The smell of a cloud, an incredible stillness, a muted-ness, a quiet presence nonetheless, an unexpected tenacity, a humbling perfection.