It's not that there's anything wrong with Juniper Sling. What it does, I like. Despite the crowded notes list, I smell mostly clary sage, with a hint of pine from the juniper berry, a bit of salt to give the illusion of fizziness, and some iso e super smoke. It just sort of hangs around smelling unremarkably herbal and green, eventually ending up as a minimalist version of a chypre base, mostly galbanum and the lingering herbs.
But it's just kind of dull. It wears very thin (though it has plenty of lasting power) and, in my opinion, veers from "minimalist" into "dull". I think it could be argued that Juniper Sling was inspired by Terre d'Hermes, particularly its combination of iso e super and herbs, but while TdH is compelling in its weirdness, Sling keeps things safe, possibly to its detriment. Meh.
Juniper Sling opens with a woody accord comprising vetiver and cedar (Iso E), plus juniper berries, a subtle note of cloves, a dusty base of patchouli, amber and perhaps cocoa beans, with a light animalic/musky note which I can not distinguish clearly but however gives a "carnal" and dark allure to the composition – there may be leather too. A decent, unusual take on a classic chypre, more spicy and less flowery, also less animalic/leathery, but with the same camphor feel, at the same time with a masculine, austere barbershop breeze. As minutes pass it also emerges better a rooty-powdery-soapy side of orris roots, and also the leather note arises more prominently, on a balmy-earthy base. Overall I'd say it's a "not that bad" scent, a nice rooty-spicy-earthy composition with a couple of less-usual accords (juniper), but overall it's also a bit artificial and pale. In other words, a missed opportunity.
The London dry gin idea – juniper berries and citrus rind – appeals to me in its simplicity. My high hopes for the re-release of Lubin’s Gin Fizz collapsed when its juniper and citrus accord turned out to be tantalizingly ephemeral, and I’m sad to report that Penhaligon’s entry in the gin-and-tonic style suffers the same liability. I get five minutes of astringent juniper berry and citrus refreshment, then nothing but a very pale, clean soapy musk skin scent. The only juniper berry scent I recall having any lasting power is Creed’s Baie de Genièvre, but the Creed is a much darker, heaveier composition than Gin Fizz or Juniper Sling, and manages to endure on the skin by substituting a spicy vetiver base note for the effervescent citrus accord that lends the Lubin and Penhaligon’s their short-lived buoyancy.
I’m still waiting for my perfect Tanqueray No. 10 cologne…
I like this one's spring cool refreshing effect with the greatly adapted gin-fizz juniper note but the enjoying is quite short. Very, very short lived one to call even a fragrance. Would never buy but happily finish up if gifted.
The way of the modernity is full of obstacles. This fragrance is basically a vetiver, note initially spicy, woody, watery and aromatic but finally banalized by a conventional woody/ambery sweet accord. At the beginning i catch nothing than dust, i mean sweet prickly spices (cinnamon, cardamom, may be nutmeg) and pepper. In a while a classic citrusy and aromatic vibe (juniper) starts enveloping the spices with a prominent orangy (airy) undertone. At this point the vetiver hangs out aqueous and aromatic, half Encre Noir and half Drakkar Noir. In this phase i find the juice more than pleasant, balanced and aromatic-resinous. Unfortunately the smell becomes with the time more and more sugary and fruity with some floral patterns. I detect the cherries and the sugary-spicy (i think to smell cinnamon) accord with a touch of balsams (benzoin?). Going on with the development a sort of woody ambery (dusty ambergris) chord reinforces the structure and restrains the taste. The dry down is conventional and ambery, masculine but a bit too common and really impenetrable. A (still, afterall) classic kind of juice with a decent temperament.
24th September, 2012 (last edited: 16th February, 2013)