An alarmingly precise and slightly off-putting tea scent that privileges verisimilitude over wearability. Although Iím not up to speed on the specific tea that itís citing, this smells very much like a strong, black tea with a notably bitter emphasis to represent the tealeaves themselves. The result is somewhat biting and harsh, and if I spent too long with it, I think itíd give me a headache, but itís a fascinating smell all the same. It seems to be accomplishing much of this effect through the use of berry leaves of some kind with spices and sharp citric notes. But itís so bracing that it smells just a couple of notches removed from a freshly scrubbed sinkóitís almost metallic in its sharpness. From a technical perspective, itís fascinating, but I couldnít be around it for too long. It might sound like a bit of a copout, but Un Crime Exotique by Parfumerie Generale is somewhat similar but far more palatable.
Beautiful opening of sweetened black mint tea. Very herby--becomes sweeter and teaier after 15 min, but retains a trace of mint into the drydown. Very sweet, verging on too sweet for about half an hour, but then the going is good. Really exceptional longevity, like many of the Soivohle fragrances. The drydown reminds me of chinese salty plums, for some reason: licorice and salt. Smells quite a bit like Ava Luxe Moroccan Mint tea, but richer. A bit like AG Duel, but less lemony and not at all smoky.