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Black Tea
by Murdock


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Black Tea is a masculine fragrance by Murdock.

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Oh dear, a "Neutral" against a sea of "Thumbs Up" reviews. Wrecking a perfect score I have to say I sense no tea at all in Murdock's Black Tea, at least in the first few hours. To begin with it is very extroverted, and sadly a very "uni-sex" if not feminine parfum, not unlike the strong smell certain ladies wear along with a long black furs; heavy makeup; and, very red lipstick that imprints itself with deep creases on cigarette ends. Afterwards, but in fairly short order, it takes on a more masculine clove-leather-wood mix that develops into a fairly decent but rather anonymous, i.e., not terribly distinctive, fragrance with a good but conventional structure that we have smelled many times afore. It's nice enough but reminds me of several of the more exotically-named Penhaligon offerings. Perfectly all right surely; polite and capable is the best I can say. A mild "tea" note makes a timid appearance late in the day, by which time the scent has become very much an introverted skin scent, and the tea can only be discerned with the nose close to the wrist. It would be harsh to give a negative review, so I will say "maybe" and try to like it more later, but so far, a month's effort seems to be to be a good length of time to assess a fragrance. Maybe one day I will smell what others smell, who knows?
17th December, 2018 (last edited: 18th December, 2018)
An absolutely stunning men's cologne. Very manly while also being sophisticated at the same time. I would class this one as a fresh spicy. Excellent staying power for a cologne. Top marks!!!
25th December, 2017
It's all been said. This is a pleasure to wear.
22nd December, 2014
It is sharp, crisp, sweet and refreshing all in one go, love it. Stays all day... If only it projected a little morer IMO
13th November, 2014
Tea for two ?

Years ago as a little boy I distinctly remember me and my great grandfather going to the barber....I'm talking old school barbershop...Tightly cropped up the back, meticulous pumping of the chair to get just the right elevation so that my great-grandfather would get the perfect cut....Hair was well blended much like this fragrance...The experience always ended with the "finale" as I called it...My great-grandfather would be tilted back in that squeaky dilapidated chair that had been there for 30 years prior and carefully prepped for straight-razor shave...I can still smell the shaving cream that was carefully whipped up with that authentic Badger haired shaving brush and layered across my great-grandfather's face....The barber would carefully pull the blade across the grain of the beard and did it oh so gently...I can still hear the sound it made which was equivalent to light sandpaper scraping against a slab of wood...

And then there's Murdock's Black Tea.....Now, I've never been to a UK barbershop and don't claim to be an expert in the barbershop arena but this scent smells like my grandfather after a nice, clean shave. Its got "pure gentlemen" written all over it...Clean, fresh, refined....oh and classy....SOOO classy...

It opens up exotic, spicy....but SOOO dry, almost like a gin and tonic with fizziness that tickles your nose with pleasure...fairly linear all the way to the end but so what.....I likey ! According to their website MBT offers top notes of clove from Madagascar, nutmeg from Ceylon, basil from Egypt and pepper from Paraguay… middle notes of the most masculine leathers… base notes of Musty Woods, Musk and Birchtar....Its one of the best tea notes I have ever smelled and I must confess I was a skeptic and for me to drop 170 bucks on something blind, some would say I was an idiot, but I had a gut feeling about this...I don't grab the nutmeg or cloves too much but the basil is outstanding and seems to be the one note, along with the tea note, that my nose seems to distinguish...Its not sweet at all, but dry and lovely...Clearly, you can wear this anytime of the day or season and the only gripe I would add to this review would consist of longevity and sillage...I personally don't get many hours with this amazing fragrance...I want it to last and last but alas, it tends to die before its time...Now it could be due to olfactory fatigue but if thats the case, I want to kick my nose's ass for shutting off way before its time...I could smell this one forever....

I could be the only one in the US that actually has this fragrance, but all I know is if the barbershops over in the UK smell like this, I might just drop 4k on a plane ticket to fly over there to hop into one of their chairs over at Murdock's...Its phenomenal....Do I regret spending 70 dollars to have it shipped over here from the UK? Hell to the "no" ! It was worth every penny and then some...

This one gets two nostrils up...

Pros: Fresh, Refined, delicious
Cons: short-lived"

13th August, 2013
This is my first review on basenotes. Please forgive my ignorance in describing notes, projection, etc. I can simply state that this is a very, very nice clean masculine scent.

I was searching for a refined, clean barbershop scent in the traditional English tradition, only without too much powder or florals I detected when exploring this genre. I was a bit timid in trying something too spicy...but decided to purchase Black Tea "blind" based on a recommendation from someone I trust (no samples are available as of this review) and a rapidly developing "street cred" for this scent. I was very glad I did...

I think the description of Black Tea as a "modern barbershop cologne" is quite accurate. It is sharp, crisp with just enough spice & leather; not overpowering - and a very nice black tea note. No powder or florals here...Very clean & refined...think charcoal grey suit/starched white shirt and no tie. It's refined, but not formal & stuffy.

I will also state that the gentlemen at Murdock's offer terrific customer free shipping to the USA and samples of their facial products with my purchase. All in all a strong thumb's up.
14th December, 2012 (last edited: 21st December, 2012)

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