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I-III Russian Tea 2014

I-III Russian Tea by Masque
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7.8 / 10 308 Ratings
According to EssenceVitae Research Team I-III Russian Tea is a popular perfume by Masque for women and men and was released in 2014. Furthermore The scent is smoky-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Submitted by ExUser, last update on 17.04.2024.
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The fragrance is part of the "Opera" collection.

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Leimbacher

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Leimbacher
Top Review 36  
Spherical black tea
"Russian Tea" by Masque is one of the most extraordinary and dark tea fragrances on the market. Luxurious and lush.

Masque has a more than interesting line anyway and "Russian Tea" even had to go straight home with me. The rest will certainly be tested little by little, "L'Attesa" for example, I also find famos. But back to this charcoal cuddly tiger. A black tea from the coldest winter in Moscow. A little plum (or massively dimmed raspberry), a lot of smoke, a lot of cozy fur in front of the fireplace. "Tuscan Leather" meets Bvlgari's "Thé Noir". But in maximum nischig, smoky, high-quality. Still wearable and sexy as if you're lying with a bear. Soothing, warming, level-headed. Not wild, but direct. Leathernecks in sensual. Eroticism goes wellness. Czars. Oligarchs. Homeless around burning barrel. Wide circle, all included. Soft Smoky. Anastasia's Animalic. Heaven and Hell. Like Vangelis calling to teatime. The forecourt to happiness.

Flacon: small and noble
Sillage: dark and dense
Durability: long and high quality (9 hours)

Verdict: a tarry tea scent like no other. Black fire, hot steam, mysterious aura. Overclass thing
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DonJuanDeCat

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Campfire tea
Soo, it's time for tea again. For a tea scent. After many long comments on English, Turkish or Japanese tea scents or tea rituals, I now come for a change to a (yes, yes, also very long) comment on a Russian tea scent.

So, what can we say about the Russian tea culture now? So the Russians are also known for their love to drink tea and it is hard to imagine everyday life without tea. As with many other tea lovers, black tea is the most popular tea, although green tea has become more and more popular for some time now. It is interesting to note that Russian tea was still often smoked, especially back then (when the tea had really arrived in the country). And this wasn't even smoked consciously at the beginning! At that time, many years ago (actually centuries ago), when goods were still being transported around the world (or in countries with such an enormous area as Russia), it took months or even years for the tea to acquire a smoky character during breaks with bonfires, which would later become known as caravan tea, as it was mainly caravans that transported the tea. Yes yes, woe to the one who ran out of tea... not because of the smoky taste, which is quite nice and which became a trademark, but because of the transport time... :D

If you were already complaining today that something you ordered in Amazon, for example, would in the worst case not arrive for a week or two, what would you have said back then? If you ordered tea in Amazon in the 16th or 17th century, you would be shown a delivery time of 16-18 months! :DD
Hmm... it's funny, by the way, that some people who can't do anything with technology would even believe me that online shopping already existed in the 16th century :DD
Or even teenagers who were born with a tablet could be picked up with it, because they think that the internet has always existed and is omnipresent... bah, they don't even know anymore what a video or MC cassette is, even MP3 players are out by now, because you can only listen to music with your smartphone,... *sigh* The poorest probably can't even go to the toilet without Alexa ("Alexa!) One toilet flush please...!" ... oh I'm just waiting for the day when the network will break down and toilets won't have a flush button anymore, because everything will be digital and online only, then the whole thing will stink to heaven, mu ha ha ha ha :DD).

But enough digression! Let's get back to tea. I am glad that I liked this fragrance, because it had been on my watchlist for so long, that I would have been quite disappointed if the fragrance hadn't been so great...

The fragrance:
The scent begins briefly with a citrus scent, which first smells of lemon/mint, but then more of bergamot and only a little later reminds of mint. But then also the black tea smell is used, so that one can smell an unmistakable, black tea. The tea scent, however, appears quite spicy and smoky. The spicy one could come from the pepper, because if you smell it exactly, you can perceive black pepper. The smoky,... well, I don't know where it comes from (incense maybe?)... but it's smoky, so the tea appears smoked. And so it should be, that is the special character of the tea scent here.
There is also a leather note that smells okay, but in my opinion could have been a little weaker. But... a little later the leather actually becomes a little weaker again, but remains smellable.
The tea remains, while the smoky character weakens a little, so that you can smell the citric note again a little bit, so that the tea looks as if there is a slice of lemon in the glass :)
A little later one smells most of the fragrances in about the same intensity, that is the tea, the leather, as well as the incense, which by the way is now also recognized as incense, because it no longer smells like the stronger incense fragrance as in the beginning, but lighter and more resinous. It is accompanied by a small, fine and slightly powdery sweetness. All in all, a beautiful fragrance that will appeal to tea lovers above all.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is good, especially at the beginning the scent is still intense and you leave a scent cloud, which is not soo big, but at least it is a scent cloud :) So I think for a while you'll be reasonably smelly for a while.
The shelf life is quite good, because due to the spicy and resinous nature of the fragrance, it lasts much longer than if it were only citric. Ten hours in, I'd say.

The bottle:
At first glance, the bottle looks like a noble container for precious Chinese scrolls. In any case, the bottle is cylindrical and filled with yellowish scented liquid. The name and everything else was printed directly on the bottle. A metal disc was attached to the neck of the bottle, on which not only the spray head sits, but also the name of the fragrance and even the name of the perfumer can be seen. The solid lid is cylindrical and is composed of three plates and therefore looks like a coil or something. I think it's very well done!

Oh yes, I like I-III Russian Tea. The smoked one at the beginning may seem a little unusual for some, but I think that this smoky one gives this tea scent its speciality, makes it more diversified and therefore represents a bigger difference to other tea scents.

Even the leather, which I felt a little too strong at the beginning, quickly became weaker and adapted well to the rest of the fragrance. Therefore, this fragrance is recommended for all those who like tea very much, no matter if you like to drink tea or only smell in fragrances and inevitably drink coffee instead of tea! :D
But I have to admit that I also had a cup of coffee when I wrote these words at the beginning, but now there is a cup of tea next to me, as well as some biscuits or cookies I got from a dear perfumer and yes, everything is fine and beautiful! Above all the cat sleeps, so he doesn't try to paw my cookies all the time :)
Yeah, the whole thing's a little Christmas party before Christmas! Sleeping cat who is cute to look at, nice warm tea, delicious cookies and a great smell! The only thing that would be catastrophic now is if the internet should fail (again like before) :D

So, this fragrance is due to its smoky and also (slightly) spicy note more a fragrance for colder days, so autumn and winter and is especially usable now in December very great. It's not a party scent, but you can still use it for a "normal" night out! Like I said, I'd recommend a test
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Myhorses

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A wintertime story
Russian Tea is Act I – III wants to be scented memories from a trip to Russia . Actually is a new tea fragrance but tea fragrances usually are light scents with quit short life and low silage which is not pretty much Masque Milano’s style, their perfume having power, along life on skin and impressive silage.
How is it Russian Tea in fact? A dark, versatile creature made out of smoke and tar, a leathery incense fragrance with a strong black tee note.

The opening of the perfume is an olfactory picture of the Russian tea ritual. The strong black tea smell together with green minty notes are dancing in the air like the hot steams when pouring hot water in cups. The fruity raspberry note joins the mint accord creating somehow a cold breeze acting as counterpoint suggesting Russian winter: someone entering into the tearoom leaving the door open for few seconds enough that winter makes its presence inside. There is no raspberry sweetness only the flavor giving some light to the dark black tee accord.
As the scent is evolving, close to the smoky black tea – the perfume’s heart which becomes on my skin as time passes more leathery and woody, a light floral note appears maintaining the lightness brought by raspberry.

At this moment some sweetness can be also perceived announcing that immortelle entered into the stage but not for long time. I can easily define Russian Tea as a dry perfume, its sweetness being like a ghost during the perfume development on skin, possible representation of some nostalgic summer memories while drinking a tea cup in cold January.
The dark black tea accord very well underlined by smoky incense has strong presence from the very first moment when perfume lands on skin and stays around 10-12 hours which is the life of this perfume. The perfumer illustrated well the smoke from the burning fire keeping dry the tea leaves during the long journey in cold Siberia.

Russian tea does not have the delicacy of the fragrances featuring tea but is not either a powerful and intense masculine leathery incense perfume. It has somehow a lightness not common at all for leathery incense perfumes that makes it easy to wear and difficult to forget.
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ScentGrail

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ScentGrail
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A different tea story
As a perfume lover, tea-based fragrances have always had a special place in my heart. Especially those which are masterfully blended. One of the most popular niche tea-forward fragrances is Masque Milano Russian Tea.

TOP NOTES
Russian Tea starts with a camphoric and artificial kick from aroma chemical replacement for mint note which is detectable to anyone who has previously sampled the masterfully done Acqua di Parma Colonia Club.

To be fair, I have nothing against substitutes for natural raw ingredients when they are done in the right way, and even with the inclusion of a sweet raspberry note in the vein of that one found in Tom Ford’s Ombre Leather, and spicy touches of black pepper it is still done in a pleasing way, but don’t expect miracles.

HEART NOTES
As the fragrance starts to settle down and go into the heart notes, I can see the vague resemblance to the ritual of tea drinking.

The smoky black tea accord jumps out, slightly overtaking the initial medicinal nature of mint, and fruits while also being rubbery, but pleasing.

I love this part of fragrance when everything starts to come together, and the lighter tones start to get replaced by floral qualities.

BASE NOTES
As someone who is predominantly a niche fragrance lover, I love when something is done bold, high-quality, and at the same time wearable.

Even with its downsides, the saving grace is found in the dry down. Here is where the leather, labdanum, birchwood, and incense step up to show the real face of this fragrance.

I’m truly thankful that the leather found here is not one of many similar accords found in Tom Fords Tuscan Leather or those we see in Dior’s Fahrenheit.

CONCLUSION
Russian Tea is a fragrance with a couple of faces. From the sharp opening to the pleasant base. The perfume is most likely composed of only aroma chemicals, but in the end, works.

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ScentFan

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ScentFan
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Magnolia Power
Wouldn't expect to have to go to Russia to get an authentic Magnolia note, but that's exactly what lies at the heart of this fragrance. The top is a potent Mint/Pepper combo softened a tad (but not two tads, mind you) by Raspberry, but it's the heart and the thrilling base that appeal to me. My neighborhood is full of magnolia trees. The air is redolent when they bloom. This magnolia is authentic, it's the grandiflora, Strawflower distinguishes it and the black tea makes it rich. These beauties ride on the gorgeous, involving base, all four notes joining hands to dazzle. Where will I wear it? Around the house the livelong day, feeling like Catherine the Great. Where outside? This isn' the sort of perfume made for the opera. It wants to be front row at the Heavyweight boxing championship, at the Preakness, at Mardi Gras, at the Running of the Bulls. It wants to be worn by a woman hanging out with the guys, keeping with them drink-for-drink and trading jokes . It also wants to be worn by a man. I LOVE Russian Tea von Masque.
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RazvanykeRazvanyke 2 years ago
Beautiful aromatic black tea with a hint of fruitiness followed by some dark and smoky birch. Nice scent overall, high quality but expensive
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 3 years ago
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In the opening, a peppery mint and raspberries. Then it gets earthy, smoky, with a slightly animalic leather. The base is smooth and woody.
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EastasiakEastasiak 8 months ago
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it is like smelling the bag of smoked black tea. no hint of sweetness or freshness or versatility. not the cup of tea i want on myself
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 3 years ago
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After an uplifting spicy-green fruity opening, this gently smoky, spicy-earthy Mid season fragrance, settles to a warm leathery-woody base.
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NicheOnlyNicheOnly 10 months ago
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Opening blast of smoky-aromatic tea. Leather ramps over time, soft raspberry fades in an hour. Performance is a dud. Spring-fall, masculine.
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