High Tea With By Kilian-------
If venti iced Americanos trump teatime in your world, By Kilian’s latest release may just be the shot of gentility you’re looking for. With its two new additions to the Asian Tales collection, the luxury fragrance house sets its sights firmly on the East with a little help from the transportive capabilities of scent. First there’s Sacred Wood, a tribute to Mysore’s infamously scarce sandalwood (no longer used in the production of perfumes). Perfumer Calice Becker created a blend that’s at once comforting and sheer, using notes of polished woods and spices. Slightly carmelized hints of hot milk make for a creamy drydown that should please even those avowed haters of gourmands. Imperial Tea, meanwhile, is a strikingly on-point homage to the delicate florals of a steaming cup of jasmine tea. It’s a masterful blend, with the sometimes-cloying jasmine tempered by the faintly astringent edge of strongly brewed green tea (but rest assured, the divisive flower’s headiness remains firmly intact). The pairing makes for an experience every bit as Zen as a fresh cuppa of sencha—antioxidants not included.
By Kilian Sacred Wood & Imperial Tea, $235 each, available beginning in April at Saks Fifth Avenue