From the name one would expect another challenging tperfume like Lonestar Memories. But it is not. It is a very dry, slightly smoky and phenolic leather, but overall clean and somewhat fresh. There are hints of the West, but just hints. As it goes, one realizes that this is actually closer to certain tyes of vetiver (Indian ocean?), that have a woody, smoky aspect.
Skanky Animalic Leather Cyphre with Rose thrown in..if you are into animalic leathers this is for you...it's for me, anyway!
Received a very generous sample from the dedicated website upon its release. On this occasion, my idea about how the scent SHOULD smell was well off. Expecting a butch smoke filled leather dominant, animalic cowboy on a ranch only made the airy floral even more stunning!
Straight out of the sprayer, I got a kind of classic Chanel female scent: think the sharpness of No 19 along with the floral-aldehyde fizz of No5. In line with such classics, there is at the heart of this a compelling juxtaposition: in this case between clean, pretty florals (a mix of Ion-Ones giving violet, rose, jasmine) against a slightly animalic smoke. To be sure, its mostly (80%) a bright uplifting floral vs 20% dirt. Something here reminds me of walking in the English countryside on a bright spring day - not the picture-perfect countryside, but a working, agricultural scene with some near extinguished bonfire in the distance wafting in and out in the wind.
A sharp opening that assaults the senses leads to unfolding florals, notably a chalky violet, airy jasmine and classy rose (the Iris note being hard to pick out from the medley). It doesn't really dry-down to something animalic or smokey, as those elements are there from the start, becoming more noticeable as the floral noise fades. The smoke is quite clean and at the same time meaty (perhaps the castoreum) - something like the liquid smoke you can buy in a bottle for adding to BBQ meat dishes.
Overall a unique artistic unisex scent. The most interesting part lies beneath the surface and won't scare anyone off, but makes this more than just a well executed floral. I don't get leather but this is compensated for by the smokey animalic undertone. A diversion from Tauers normal style whist remaining arty. I might even call this post-modern, and somehow recall Skai by Comme Des Garcons along with those Chanel classics. Intense projection and longevity that will be noticed.
First off, I do not have a "good nose", I cannot smell individual notes like others and I really have to inhale deeply to get a general idea about the scent I'm wearing.
What usually concerns me is if a UNISEX scent leans a little too much to the feminine side, this does not.
When rose and iris show up on the list of ingredients I have to wonder. This is a good one, can't tell you much about the evolution but I'm just happy with the drydown, it is good.
Don't know about being worth a full bottle purchase but trying out a sample/vial is encouraged.
An interesting exploration into a Western vibe (after Lonestar Memories), Tauer Lonesome Rider is, for me, primarily a mix of suede, powder, and woods, and that is respect, is cold-weather leaning. The iris is powerful and blends well with the leather in creating a mixed leather/iris experience.
In contrast to the green and incense aspects of Lonestar Memories, I get a dry, old book-smelling aspect with Lonesome Rider. It's not smoky, but slightly dirty and spicy, likely due to the vetiver and pepper, respectively.
Lonesome Rider walks the unisex line, as the powder brings it from a masculine-leaning fragrance to something that most adults could wear. It certainly doesn't strike me as something that a young person could or would have any interest in pulling off.
Performance is very good, as expected with a Tauer EDP. Overall, I'd regard this as interesting artistry but not something I would buy or find consistently pleasant.
6 out of 10