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Portraits : Much Ado About The Duke (2016)
by Penhaligon's

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Portraits : Much Ado About The Duke information

Year of Launch2016
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 13 votes)

People and companies

HousePenhaligon's
PerfumerDaphne Bugey
SupplierFirmenich
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Portraits : Much Ado About The Duke

Conforming to the expectations of his class, Duke Nelson married the most coveted girl in London: the Duchess Rose.

Yet the Duke is eccentric and unusual, his whimsical airs set society tongues wagging. Rumours abound that his marriage is yet to be consummated!

His perfume is as ambivalent as he is: a floral yet masculine woody fragrance.

Fancy that.

Portraits : Much Ado About The Duke fragrance notes

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Reviews of Portraits : Much Ado About The Duke

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A slim and slightly herbal rose greets me - a rose with a touch of slight spiciness. Not a rich rose, more like a young rose before it fully opened up.

The drydown adds a slightly boozy undertone, and the base a nonspecific woodsiness with the occasional whiff of cedars. No real tannin here, but touches of a very soft and faint leather impression towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

An unobtrusive scent for cooler spring days with original touches, but overall a touch too bland to impress; only the rose is nicely done. 2.75/5.
10th January, 2019
This is interesting, it is OK. Fresh, dry rose; framed by pepper and bright juniper notes. Woody pencil-shavings from cumin. Don't get much leather at this point -- no problem as I am not a big fan of leather notes. A delicate, somewhat creamy dry-down. Leather and wood are muted.
30th November, 2018
Another nice “dirty” rose masculine scent that adds gin to make it unique to Rose 31 or Declaration dun Soir. The drydown has a slightly sweet but powdery wood scent that’s very pleasant.

Good performance from this EDP, lasts all day and projects nicely.
08th June, 2018
AntonPan Show all reviews
Russian Federation
From the first sight you could suggest The Duke is a Le Labo Rose 31 clone. In fact, it's not.
I compared them on both of my hands and came to the conclusion the cumin part is the only one that make them similar. Rose 31 smells drier, with a notable oudy vibe and a very little rose. The Duke is sour, with a prominent rose and a boozy accord of red fruits (berries) that you will not find in Rose 31.

As a verdict, the fragrances smell to me as yin-yang: Rose 31 will better suit men, The Duke is better for women. However, that's all depends on the taste - I enjoy wearing both of fragrances
22nd January, 2017
Much Ado About the Duke has a collectible quality bottle design with a brass foxhound portrait "at attention", nose to the wind set atop an otherwise normal Penhaligon's bottle. Nice presentation of bottle, that for some reason does not photograph well at all, but looks great in person. The fragrance is a rose centered fresh outdoors scent that has pepper spiced notes and a mentholated background to give it a solid masculine feel. There is a bracing fresh outdoor quality to this scent. The pepper rose is surrounded by a medicinal juniper touch that together with a slight aroma of cumin reminds me of several other fragrances that do this concept slightly better. The aroma is similar to Creed Royal Mayfair, and could be a distant cousin to LeLabo Rose 31, and also is complimentary to Hylnds Bitter Rose, Broken Spear. Much Ado about the Duke does not have near the quality or strength of character that any of these trend setters possess, but I give Penhaligon's credit for a good try. I like wearing this scent, and enjoy seeing the bottle on my shelf looking back at me. However, the result could have been better. Not sure how, It just misses the mark of greatness by degrees and in a couple directions.
21st December, 2016
The Duke kicks off with rose, which is soon joined by sweaty cumin. Given time, some woods come in, eventually drying down to sweaty, woody leather.

This has a lot in common with Le Labo's Rose 31, though The Duke has much more upfront rose and quieter funk than Le Labo. In all, it's not a bad scent, but it feels quite thin, like a weak EDT as opposed to the kind of luxury concentration I'd want from a $250 boutique exclusive. Worth a sniff if you like dirty florals, but I wouldn't put much energy into searching it out.
29th November, 2016

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