A gentlemanly leather.
A no-surprise leather with the right doses of sweetness, earthiness and soapiness that drive it right away into classic-masculine territories. I like it but, somehow, I feel like I really have nothing to say about it. Kind of a mild positive reaction that, after several testings during the past bunch of years, still leave me sort of uninspired. I guess I just like it but it's definitely not love.
With that said, if you're up for a well behaved, groomed and moderately complex old-school masculine leather, this is a valid option.
Mahon Leather is an austere and quite simple – meaning “essential” - leathery chypre à la Knize Ten, fairly British for its nostalgic soapy and floral "barbershop" feel, but at the same time “brownish” and earthy, spicy and above all, with a hell haunting vanillic-almond note, slightly boozy too (pretty much like the Amaretto di Saronno taste, if you are familiar with it, although here is more just vanilla and tonka). All posed on a quite exotic woody base of dry, dark and aromatic wood with a warm amber vibe. Basically, a pleasant scent inspired by a sort of “colonial elegance”, as it blends a British powdery-boozy leather reference with a more exotic accord of shady spices, dark woods, sweet-resinous notes. Nothing stunning quality-wise (even if I admit the leather accord is particularly well-crafted, more than the average of niche) and frankly a little bit boring for a while as long as that bold spicy-almond note lasts. Then, once it settles on the drydown and some notes tone down, it becomes actually better for me: warmer, soapier, more tending towards a soft, mellow, sophisticated leather-amber accord with iris and just a (more reasonable) hint of spices. Pleasant, elegant and almost fairly priced for the quality (edit: it WAS almost fairly priced...).
05th November, 2014 (last edited: 10th January, 2015)
Floris Mahon Leather is one of the most distinguished soapy leather chypre I've experienced in my humble passionate career, so enjoyable in its extremely balanced, softly floral and discreetly barber-shop temperament. The leather touch is in here utterly Royal, gentle and neutral in its "Victorian" link with patchouli, laundry soap (musk/labdanum-balmy amber-powder-tonka-honey) and soft floral notes. I detect an hallmarking evanescent soap-like jasmine in the leathery balminess while iris, dry vetiver and saffron provide a general powdery dry fresh radiancy. A traditional hesperides/patchouli/soap/vetiver accord provides that sort of classic Etro-like aristocratic undertone. There is something warm and organic perfectly merged with the skin organic warmth. The final amalgam is a heavenly caress lingering on your skin as an otherworldly organic potion for hours. You can easily detect (especially in the first part of development) points in common with the more renowned Creed Royal English Leather (soapy leather, somewhat spicy-liquorous honey, oakmoss, hesperides, patchouli end more) but while the Creed's one is more stout, more properly leathery and laundry-honeyed-mossy Mahon Leather smells finally more ethereal, powdery floral, "ghostly", sophisticated and subtle. A wonderful example of measured and graceful traditional english class.
P.S= Along the dry down's "long tail" the note of vetiver (an almost aqueous soft un-rooty vetiver) jumps on the stage with all its charge of fresh boise typical fluidity.
A straightforward leather blast freshened up with citrus and vetiver, but less fresh than Creed's Cuir de Russie. a floral component based on jasmine adds softness that is roughened up by a bit of patchouli. Less wild than Knize Ten, but a bit less soft and flowery than Chanel's Cuir de Russie. Wood is in the base and paired with an ambery discrete sweetness. Well blended, very good silage and projection, with four hours of longevity. A valuable addition to the leather-lover's collection.
It opens with a jasmine accord with citrus and a touch of iris, then you get a luxurious plush realistic leather accord like you are in a leather store. After a while this gets slightly powdery and sweet and a little woodier, the jasmine makes a re-appearance here too. Smells very nice and well behaved I like it.