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    Colin Maillard
    Italy Italy

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    As for many other Lutens', the name fits the scent quite good. A beautiful, dusty, balsamic and spicy opening of tobacco leaves, smooth leather and vanilla, honey notes, a rose heart which eventually becomes more dense and brighter, and as OdilonRedon perfectly suggests below, a "caramelized amber" note on delicate, but still dry patchouli leaves. Polar opposites melt, balsamic heights and gloomy bitter earthy shadows just become one. A woody, smoky tiny old boutique stuffed with herbs and spices – a Lutensian cliché, well developed here as well. What I enjoy the most is the palpable, material dustiness, a hyeratic soul which is at the same time delicate and elegant, with a subtle but beautiful floral-fruity personality. A lot of facets and shades covered in smoke, like looking a mosaic-like coloured glass in an Oriental herbal/chemist laboratory. The smoke eventually vanishes and you get a soothing, calm, relaxing drydown of vanilla, honey, light suede leather and silky tobacco notes, still much dusty, velvety, slightly earthy. It is a really evocative scent, with a great balance of notes. But... all that is also a bit "pale" and light - it feels like they've missed the Volume button. If you do not pay utter attention, the first impression you may get is just of a "decent sweet-floral-dusty-silky-tobacco skin-scent": all the notes are there, you just have to make quite an effort to feel them. I bet an extrait of this would be a masterpiece. For the moment, this is just close to great.

    8/10

    08 April, 2014 (Last Edited: 21st April, 2014)

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    OdilonRedon
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    A tobacco merchant's premises in the depths of the Istanbul Grand Bazaar. Someone is sorting bunches of pungent Yenidje tobacco. Someone else is cutting it. Tobacco is ageing in jars stored on shelves of polished wood. In the outer room, customers are trying out blends in long-stemmed pipes. Next door, the sweetmaker is caramelising a pot of sugar and pouring out trays of honey and rose loukoumi and a tanner is tooling leather across the alley.

    Fumerie Turque opens with a pungent leather and honey with a slight hint of smoke which gives way to a delicious burnt toffee tobacco tempered with dark patchouli. The leather becomes more animalic. The drydown is a caramelized amber with undertones of dark, resinous incense. This is a heavy, fur-lined kaftan of a fragrance: rich, enveloping and luxurious. Absolutely wonderful.

    27 November, 2013

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    Dark honeyed heaven

    The top notes are amazingly dramatic here and I think many people get scared and scrub this off way too soon. And now that I am used to this smoke-honey bomb, I wish those first crazy notes hung around even longer. Smoke, tobacco and beeswax drift in and out in fluctuating measure and keep me fascinated and feeling like I am in some exotic, hookah-smoking den of iniquity from long ago. I hate Chergui (MUCH too sweet) and don't like Borneo 1834 (too Polo-ish), but this, this I love! It reminds me of a smokier Moss Breeches or something rich and devilish and decadent from the 1970s like Yardley's You're the Fire or Coty's Styx. Yummmm...

    If only I could find an actual bottle somewhere, anywhere! For now I'll have to keep buying decants and scouring Ebay for this sexy, smokey beast.

    Pros: evocative and romantic
    Cons: loses its top notes too quickly"

    03 October, 2013

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    surge
    United States United States

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    Finally I got a bottle of this epic juice...I love it!

    Picture this...back to black and tobacco vanille come to a party and hang out -- but wait a minute, there's angel men and japon noir...I dunno how that ends up working, but it does. The rose is great...it's always there, in the backdrop, and as the drydown completes you will see it changes quite a bit from sweet to weathered \ dried rose pedals. Love love love this one.

    22 March, 2013

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    JackTwist
    United States United States

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    For me this begins with a dark, smoky, almost bitter burst - quite interesting and unique. However, the dry down (which begins with an hour) is that of a lightly smoky amber.

    For those who love amber, this would be a winner as it is not sweet at all, just laid back and very aromatic.

    A very nice oriental from SL.

    22 March, 2013

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    vintage*red
    United States United States

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    This fragrance packs a wallop! It begins more tobacco smoke than tobacco and morphs into the richest brandied rose that I have ever experienced. It conjures up a scene of a gentleman smoking a pipe filled with a sweet cherry tobacco and drinking from a snifter of the finest cognac. Next to him is a kerosene lamp set on a table with a bouquet of red roses. I cannot wear this fragrance but I LOVE it on my husband. Wow!

    18 March, 2013

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