Blue Escapade is, in theory, the vetiver of the Krigler line. The vetiver is strong on top, flanked by touches of pine and something vaguely mentholated, like some combination of eucalyptus and mint, with a big slug of spicy cumin underneath. Given time, the cumin becomes the star of the show. It's sweaty and strong and likely to turn away quite a few people, though the combination of vetiver and cumin and forest smells, with hints of rum and boozy fig in the background, is quite well done and will likely appeal to fans of Declaration and other artsty woody cumin scents. The base is a perfectly rendered oak tree smell, dirty and smelling of bark, with the lingering pinches of cumin to give it a bit of forest raunch and keep it from smelling like a wine barrel.
In the end, I'm just not a cumin fan, but the combination of the cumin and vetiver and forest smells and boozy fig is excellently put together, and the oak in the base is pretty much perfect, so Blue Escapade really does deserve a thumbs up.
Another very retro strong gutsy fragrance from Krigler, Blue Escapade has a very odd, sharp, strong mid-note that did not appeal to me at all. It's as if the top notes which were pretty nice ran away and the basenotes were hiding out for a change of weather, and this thing....this mid-note, the harsh not was yelling its head off for a good hour or two. I have no idea what it was, but I wished it would have gone away sooner. In the end, this cedar or whatever died down. The rest was, sadly, a bit boring. I was hoping for lot. I got a lot, but not what I was hoping for. In the end I was glad it was gone. I assume this was all due to body chemistry. In my case this was a bit of Blue Funk. This is a strong scent. Approach with caution.