L'Esprit de l'Eau - Candle - Maître Tseng × Trudon Edition
Maître Tseng × Trudon - The journey of water
L’Esprit de L’Eau (The Spirit of Water) is embodied by a mystical water with the fragrance of incense. Created by Benoist Lapouza, it combines a mineral accord, that of clear water gliding over mountain rocks, with woody notes of cedar and of cypress, as well as spicy notes of pepper and juniper berry. L’Esprit de L’Eau illustrates high perspective and purity, as its name in Chinese suggests: 宋書 or Book of Song (Dynasty) refers to the ascetic philosophy of that time, seeking from nature inspiration for a spiritual life in in solitude and elevation.
Maître Tseng × Trudon : The very begining
It all began with a tea enthusiasts’ dream. Julien Pruvost, Creative Director at Trudon wanted to meet legendary tea master Yu Hui Tseng. Three years ago in Paris, this meeting finally took place at Maison des Trois Thés:
"Master Tseng's presence, her precise handicraft, her beautiful tea utensils, the parchment-like gold of the walls of the teahouse covered with Chinese calligraphy, the warm shine of the room’s wooden furniture, the steam rising from the black clay kettle heated by a flame, the inspiring calm of the liquid as it wraps around precious leaves; everything stirred up deep emotions. I felt the privilege of being invited to become immersed in her universe, not just to drink her tea.
During this tasting, with all the tea prepared by Master Tseng, I felt powerfully transported into hidden inner worlds. The selection of teas, each with their own incredible flavor, acted as subtle media revealing new spiritual depths. Over the weeks, this experience left a lasting impression on me. I felt increasingly convinced that Trudon, with its age-old attachment to the values of refinement and excellence, would be able to create candles which, while they would not claim to reproduce teas’ aromas and flavors, would pay tribute to the richness and beauty of the tea universe lived and embodied by Master Tseng through the stories they tell with scents.”
“Her descriptions of teas are evidence of her tremendous skills, knowledge and memory. Yet, she only speaks of tea as a simple and immediate pleasure.” -Tran An Hung (Filmmaker & Director of The Scent of Green Papaya – Camera d’Or Cannes Film Festival 1993)