For some reason, the grapefruit combined with another herby/woody ingredient (not sure if it's juniper) gives it a peach-like smell, which leans it further toward the aquatic. I don't detect the cardamom but the leather is apparent as more of a base note. I haven't noticed much evolution in the dry down. It's certainly a light fragrance that is more geared towards warm weather.
Simply put, I wouldn't reach for it as a summer option. It fits into the fresh and woody subcategories, which, with the grapefruit, creates an odd combination. I enjoy the grapefruit in C.O. Bigelow Elixir White, for example, but in Brooklyn it does't pair well with the other notes. The abovementioned peachy vibe is one I do not find appealing. Despite the odd combination, however, Brooklyn doesn't strike me as unique or outstanding as some of the other Bond No. 9 entries that I like or own, but it does at least seem to speak to the signature freshness with which most of their offerings tend to be associated. Still, I don't see these notes going well together, and both projection and longevity are limited on my skin.
5 out of 10
Smells like a more synthetic version of Creed's Royal Water. It kinda has a citrus, juniper, gin/tonic thing going on. Does a little more than your average Calvin Klein but not nearly as unique, striking or pleasant as what you would expect for niche quality. Not bad but not good either.
A plain, but cute perfume thingy; you can smell vanillin, a green-floral delicate and silky accord, a tad of cedar (the usual Iso-E "pencil sharpener" thing), and a light spices topping. A white, woody, conventional sweet scent with a dusty and discreet personality, a bit boring but pleasant. After a while the artificial woody side is even more prominent, always supported by vanilla, even more pale and monotone than the beginning. If Gucci pour Homme had a diabetic sister subject to frequent fainting, that would be Brooklyn.
Bond No.9 Brooklyn gives us another average smell and above average quality fragrance with sky high price! something that happens many many times with fragrances of this house (my personal opinion!)
The opening is a fresh spicy and a little green scent with some woods in the background.
At the beginning I can smell a fresh, slightly sour yet juicy grapefruit note with strong dose of pepper that last only for a few seconds and settles down very quick too a smooth peppery aroma plus some cedar completely in the background and some cypress that give the scent a smooth green and a little more natural feeling.
It's pleasant with mediocre quality. it doesn't smell synthetic but neither so natural and high quality!
As time goes by the scent changed completely to a smooth woody, slightly smoky because of leather with some sweetness in the background. I'm not getting citruses that much in the mid.
The base is a very gentle semi sweet musky scent with very weak woods beside it.
Projection is average at the start that dies down to a completely skin scent only after 5 minutes and even yourself can barley smell it!
Longevity is around 5-6 hours on my skin.
All and all it's a pleasant fragrance and you can wear it all year round because it's very smooth and it has a little bit of everything to be a versatile fragrance but as a $200+ fragrance this is a sad joke!
Brooklyn starts off strong, with a thick layer of black pepper over a slug of Iso E Super, supported by Christmas tree pine, dark leather, sweetened with grapefruit and and just a pinch of (to quote jimmyfresno) "the line's favorite chemical, Calone acquatic marine 'accord'". The smell on skin is a vaguely sweet peppery woody leather, but thanks to the Iso E Super, the real fireworks are in the smoky spicy sillage.
The problem with Brooklyn is that, given time, it just sort of thins out, while a rubbing alcohol smell replaces the leather. Eventually, the base is disappointing, just a smudge of "marine" chemicals. Usually Bond doesn't cheap out on the basenotes, so I'm not sure why they let this one go so tepid.
Anyway, I love the first couple of hours, and the base, though lame, isn't as nostril-searing as many cheap "aquatic" bases, so it's a thumbs up, if only barely.