Galaad could have been my favorite new launch from Lubin if were not for its extremely weak power. A cardamom driven woody-balmy thing with spices galore that while showing incredibly refined and sophisticated accords, leaves somewhat disappointed because of its shyness. Potentially complex but not completely accomplished.
Extremely good while it lasts but unfortunately too weak to deserve a positive rating.
Galaad opens with a very mild mix of spices driven primarily by a cumin-like cardamom that is deftly implemented to not come off like BO as many others do, coupling with a "just barely there" underlying tobacco note that is easy to miss if you are not really trying. The open is so mild and subtle that at times it is difficult to detect much of anything beyond just the faintest hint of spice. Things do open up in the scent's heart, as Galaad gets relatively sweet with the use of an ever-growing honey note coupling with myrrh incense and the remnants of the opening spice to create a very balmy accord that gives off the appearance of a powdery consistency. As the scent proceeds into the dry-down in its final stages, the sweet honey continues to pick up further steam, turning Galaad just shy of intolerably sweet but never completely crossing the line, with the powdery balmy nature continuing as well, only kicked up another notch. Projection is minimal (especially in the initial stages of the scent's development) and longevity is very good.
The first thing I noticed about Galaad was its open while extremely pleasant smelling seemed heavily watered down. If someone informed me this was an EdP strength scent I would have laughed and bet "big money" that they were wrong, certain Galaad was really an EdC based on the "weak as water" opening I experienced on skin. Then the scent grew more vociferous (well, let's not get too ahead of ourselves here; it went from a major skin scent to a relative skin scent) but that was when things scent-wise got much less interesting for me as the honey was just overdone; and when added to the myrrh it just came off as a bit of a powdery sweet mess and not something I particularly care to wear. I may have been disappointed in the weak strength (power-wise) of the open, but it did not hold a candle to the disappointment felt as to the rest of the scent (fragrance-wise). The bottom line is Galaad is a very average release on the whole and is not recommended for purchase at its $180 a bottle retail despite its incredible looking bottle. 2.5 stars out of 5.