The Pentachords trio is about Tauer’s presentation of unusual accords using just five synthetic ingredients each. If Verdant was surprisingly evocative of rain-drenched nature at its most inviting, and White was a study in porcelain aloofness, then Auburn is Tauer coming right up to your nose to blow a mighty synthetic raspberry.
Boy, does he chuck his toys out of the pram with this one, with a perfume that rolls into one bubble gum, frooty scented erasers and those sachets of purple powder that when mixed with water yielded a tongue-tickling concoction the manufacturers chose to label as ‘grape’ (though it tasted like no grape that graces this planet). Tauer takes all this magical childhood tat and presents it to grown-ups. The problem is, it is transportive for a few hours after which it outstays its welcome; one can tire quickly of too much fun.
The main player is a seriously morphed orange blossom note romping about in dayglo nappies which, I suspect, gives the impression of all that manic fruitiness. There’s a rather nice sandalwood glimpsed at the start, which subsides into the background too soon. I get a whiff of cinnamon, next to none of tobacco, and the amber could be anywhere, being an idea rather than a defined scent to begin with.
Worth a go if you can last the course.
This smells like the sweet sherbet of yellow broom flowers. These flowers bloom in mid spring and their fragrance is volatile, radiant and persistent. I usually detect them two blocks away from the plant on a still day. Sweet lolly fun they seem like a burst of artificial fragrance outdoors. I love passing them and sniffing them.
But I do not want to spray it upon my good self and walk about smelling thus for 12 hours (that's how long it lasts spritzers!).
Unfortunately the subtleties of tobacco and ambergris elude me. The late late dry down is very pleasant and balanced, but at the 12 hour mark is also almost undetectable. I want that dry down with a tiny breath of the hilarious sherbet.
Andy Tauer is a fine perfumer, one of my favorites, but this one is so-so. It really gets better and better as it dries down, but it IS rather harsh on application. If you have patience and are just bumming around the garden or something this can be very enjoyable, but I would take basically any of his other fragrances over this one if I was leaving the house.
Forgive me Mr.Tauer but Auburn is surely a no-go for me. Tobacco-Cinnamon flavoured bubblegum with the typical harshness of orange flowers. An immediate scrubber.