Gift Guide, Day 16
Monday, December 13, 2010
Fauchon Christmas Tea:
I know proper tea drinkers will look down their collective noses at this. It’s not monkey-picked, or large leafed, or any of the other high-fallutin’ terms that connoisseurs use to make you know that their tea is better than yours. But I can’t help myself; I love this stuff.
When you open the tin, the loveliest perfume escapes into the room. It is cherries and caramel, orange peel and vanilla, with perhaps just a tiny tropical touch of pineapple. I can make a tin last all year, so that even in the heat of summer, I can brew a pot and remember how the air smells when it snows. I love the fact that Fauchon only makes Un Soir de Noel at this time of year, and it is my annual Christmas gift to myself. Occasionally I also buy it for a friend – if I think they'll like it as much as I do.