The refined, slightly toasted sapor of tea is one of humanity's best-loved flavors, and its disciples are rarely willing to go a day (or meal, for that matter) without it. If you're part of that merry, caffeine-addicted crew, the scent for you should be profoundly comforting, but with a certain delicacy and lightness as well.
Enter Serge Lutens Five O'Clock Gingembre ($120), which seeks to be the embodiment of everything that's beautiful about tea time. It smells like tea with honey and a gingerbread cookie for dipping. Lots of spice and a touch of sweetness, but never loud or overwhelming.
Those who prefer their tea untrammeled by the niceties of biscuits and milk, however, might want to set their sights on A Rather Novel Collection 1856 Darjeeling ($48), which replicates the scent of cardamom-spiked jasmine tea.