A beautiful smell of lavender and vanilla with wormwood. This scent is basically a remake of Caron's Pour Un Homme but done with top notch ingredients.
A very nice scent though very pricey.
The opening is a bold, unexpectedly classic lavender-green note surrounded by a thin layer of vanilla and tonka and a dense, slightly dark heart of amber and evernyl (sorry, "oak moss" ...). A decently nice scent indeed, the green and lavender accord is nice and pleasant, and blends well with an unusual balsamic-medicinal accord I detected in many other Kilians' scent, which gives an almost decadent-urine touch to the composition. I don't get what it is due to exactly, but it is nice. A hint of spices and a lively floral note complete the pot-pourri. A pleasant, refined, nostalgic and overall light lavender-based fougère, although quite more delicate, restrained, flat and discreet than "real" old-school fougères (but that's common given nowadays' restrictions on components. and the tight budgets many niche houses decide to allocate for materials). To be honest if it's lavender what you are looking for, there are quite many better lavender fragrances out there, for a funny coincidence I was wearing Oxford & Cambridge when I eventually tested A taste of heaven, they are quite close, but Czech & Speake one is just something else – it's like those family pictures with dad and you as a kid "dressed like dad". No comparison in terms of depth, persistence, quality, elegance. Kilians' – as most of the rest of the line – tends more to a trendy, posh elegance. Cambridge is just pure, majestic, understated heritage elegance. Still, comparisons aside, A taste of heaven is a nice fragrance, and that peculiar ambery-balsamic-medicinal is a nice touch of "uniqueness".
People who say this is very similar to Caron pour un homme are not paying enough attention.
A Taste of Heaven has absinth on it's topnotes, adding an intriguing edge and making it noticeably different up from the start (even the lavender seems of a higher quality and lasts longer), and also has a good dose of oakmoss in it's basenotes, adding much more complexity, depth, and a woodier and darker feeling compared to the Caron, which feels overly simple, much sweeter and synthetic. While the Caron could be used as an usual everyday fragrance, AToH feels more appropriate for more formal events and evenings.
This is perfect in it's construction of a classic fougere-like fragrance, while still maintaning an appealing modern touch.
After a promising start, the lavendar notes leave disappear very quickly. What's left behind is vanilla that reminds me of a Body Shop perfume a girlfriend used to wear in the early 90's. For the price, I was expecting a whole lot more.
This is quite a nice scent, unfortunately with a steep price. The only By Killian I have tried, to date, and a sure winner to me. It is definitley very similar to Caron's Pour Un Homme, but much smoother. Lavender and vanilla are the key notes here. I get a tonka dry down, instead of that nasty cheap mossy musky one from Caron's. Too bad this has to cost so much!