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A Great Fragrance Overshadowed By Its Even Greater Sister Scent...
Bentley for Men opens with a relatively sweet bergamot and laurel tandem with just a hint of underlying cinnamon. As the composition enters its early heart phase it turns slightly boozy as a fine benzoin sweetened rum joins smooth woods, with the remaining prominent laurel and subtle cinnamon tagging along. During the late dry-down the benzoin driven sweetness tones down considerably with suede leather joining remnants of the smooth woods and cinnamon-laced rum as the composition gently fades. Projection is average, as is longevity at 7-9 hours on skin.
After having such a positive experience with my blind buy of Bentley for Men Intense earlier, the expectations for the regular Bentley for Men by the same perfumer were understandably quite high. Largely Bentley for Men is up to the task and proves another excellent outing by Lorson in 2013. While the two sister compositions are quite similar in structure, there are some differences that distinguish them. Bentley for Men Intense has a much richer boozy demeanor than the lighter all-around style of Bentley for Men. By "lighter" I do not mean watered down, but rather less deep, less boozy and gourmand, less projection and longevity; and at the end of the day somehow a bit less distinctive. If I had not already tried the superior smelling Intense I would be singing this composition's praise more forcefully, calling it one of the best releases of the year (which it certainly is), but the Intense just takes the shared base accord to new heights and is the one most folks will want in their collection. The bottom line is the $90 per 100ml bottle Bentley for Men is an excellent composition, overshadowed by its even better sister scent, still earning an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 rating. If you already own Intense, Bentley for Men probably is not needed, but the reverse does not hold.
Pros: More versatile lighter version of Bentley that still delivers the goods on overall smell.
Cons: Performance metrics are middling and lacks some of the deep boozy sophistication and polish of its Intense sister scent.
28 September, 2013 (Last Edited: 13 December, 2013)