Inspired by the Chinese symbol Qi (pronounced “Chi”), meaning ‘breath of life’, Ormonde Jayne’s QI is a tribute to the aesthetic taste for delicacy that permeates Chinese culture from top to toe. Never intended to be a showy or dramatic fragrance, Qi instead reads as a light breeze carried from a cultivated Japanese garden, warmed through with hints of clean, tea-like florals and silky osmanthus petals.
Qi opens with the balmy bite of neroli and lemon blossom, a delicately fresh precursor to a heart full of osmanthus, which laces the scent with a juicy, apricot-like aroma as well as the lightly tannic scent of green tea leaves. For a while, the scent floats peacefully along in this faintly peppered and fruited tea vein until a soft, mossy musk blurs the edges of the scent. Traversing all the minute stops between a fruity osmanthus oolong to a dry, green maté, Qi is simply a must try for tea lovers, or indeed for anyone who values translucence and refinement above all.