This one caught me completely off guard.
A cheap add-in to an order turns into an eye opening first impression.
It starts out with a classic, musty/tart combination of bergamot and Amalfi lemon with a whirling dervish of complexity hiding underneath.
Quickly, I pick up on cloves, they’re warm and dry, but have a ton of energy!
Like someone lit a sparkler of cloves at a holiday gathering, the combination of tart citrus and cloves is intoxicating.
After a few more minutes, it settles down and fills in more with Jasmine which gives it a dirty and soft touch. With a little Geranium soapiness.
Oak moss gives it a smoky backdrop and some crunchy, dry vetiver makes up a good chunk of the base with a delicate touch of sweet tonka.
There is something in this composition that gives it a chewy, near unctuous touch.
Tough to describe it, but I think the indolic part of the Jasmine is playing a role in that.
To me this smells like a warm embrace in the winter with a friend you haven’t seen in a very long time.
So, what is this thing? Fougere? Woody Aromatic? Woody spicy?
Its tough to pin down. Whatever it is, 125ml for under $30, its worth owning for anyone that appreciates warm subtlety with unique complexity.
8 hours longevity, settles in to an arm’s length of gentlemanly projection.
Explosive cloves with a smoky, woody, earthy base and jasmine petals filling in the gaps.
A stunning, timeless (maybe not ageless) composition worthy of every man’s cool weather cabinet.