Arquiste's fragrance Indigo Smoke evokes the traditional smoking of tea leaves in ancient China, an aromatic landscape of narrow serpentine rivers, blue mountains and incense-filled temples condensed into a complex formula of black tea, woody notes and incense. Rich, sophisticated and long-lasting.
History | May 1646, Wuyi Mountains, Fujian.
For centuries, diligent monks in the Wuyi Mountains have grown tea and indigo plants in neatly terraced plantations. In 1646, their monasteries were attacked by Qing soldiers from the north. As the monks were forced to flee, they smoked batches of tea leaves over pinewood fire to preserve their crops. This would become the smoky lapsang souchong tea. Mixing with the fresh mountain air and the incense from nearby shrines, the intoxicating plumes of indigo smoke captured the colors of the Wuyi Mountains and their dramatic river narrows.
Perfumer: Calice Becker
Notes: lapsang souchong tea, maté tea, mandarin orange, bergamot, apricot, cassia, carrot seed, cedar leaf, vetiver, guaiacwood, incense, pine tar