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Narcisse Noir (Caron, 1911-12)

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Narcisse Noir (Caron, 1911-12)

Notes: orange blossom, lemon, bergamot, and petitgrain; rose, jasmine, and jonquil; Persian black narcissus, musk, civet, and sandalwood.

I saw this in a shop today and decided to take a sniff. After smelling Bal Versailles, Ombre Rose, and Caron's justly famous Tabac Blond, I settled on this one. I know I will go back and smell the Tabac Blond again, but this dark narcissus captivated me. It is straightforward without being linear; it seemed just the thing on a warm and sunny spring day.

Dessert is the best part of this meal: the drydown is fantastic. The animal notes of civet and musk meld with sandalwood, and the faded remains of the bright florals keep the freshness alive to the end. Definitely worth waiting for!

Updated 28th December 2008 at 11:57 PM by JaimeB

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