I was at Number 10 recently for an elegant afternoon tea hosted Jo Malone to celebrate the launch of Tea Fragrance Blends.
Don’t confuse this magnificent venue with Downing Street though; Number 10 is a beautifully restored Georgian House on Lower Ormond Quay in Dublin 1 and if you haven’t yet discovered it, please take the time to explore the website.
The owner, John Lynch, hires out the opulent first and second floors for “boutique and bespoke” events (Bono and The Edge have partied here with friends), gave us the grand tour and confessed that he actually lives on the top floor.
A bevy of glossy fashionistas and beauty editors turned up for tea; picture the scene: finger sandwiches, warm scones served with clotted cream and homemade jam and miniature pastries, all served on fine bone china.
Guests included Laura Birmingham, Triona McCarthy, Kirstie McDermott and Brenda McCormick. I sat next to Laura Whiston of Whisty Blogs Dublin Fashion, whose style always blows me away. Seen below in a Topshop wide brimmed hat and vintage leopard print scarf, she’s seriously knows how to wear the 70’s trend.
We drank tea by the china cup load and learned about the fragrances which, it turns out, that just as there’s a tea to suit everyone, there’s a Tea Cologne for every style and mood.
Created by “The Oscars of Perfumers” winner Christine Nagel, who also created Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia, Jo Malone has taken the most Irish and English of habits (drinking tea) and injected it with a dose of cool.
Choose between Assam and Grapefruit (warm patchouli, spicy cardamom and almond), Early Grey and Cucumber (with hints of vanilla and musk) or Fresh Mint Leaf (simple and fresh), and then mix them with a dash of Sweet Lemon (a fruity twist of pineapple, peach and fresh green cypress) or a splash of Sweet Milk (a sweet condensed milk smell).
These limited edition Tea Fragrance Blends come in 30 ml bottles only, €42 (£34) at Jo Malone counters in Brown Thomas and the airport from March.Tweet