Received my full bottle of KISTE today. Yes the pricepoint is a bit dear-- $160 US-- but the nice matte embossed black box, and the hefty flacon, resembling a hip flask, are rewardingly luxurious.
At first spritz, I immediately noticed that the whole mix rests on a patchouly note, but a patchouly so diluted as to give one an earthy "aura", more than the musky "head shop" note itself.
A whiskey note blooms, and it is scintillating, amber, boozy-woozy, and very dark oaky indeed, like the deep mysterious oakiness of Serge Lutens CHENE. Mingled with the deep ruddy oakiness is a hint of smoldering campfire, a smell I associate with Andy Tauer.
The bold peach accord blooms, and it has a sweet, vivid, rounded quality-- it smells radiantly vermilion in color, like the stone fruit in Michel Roudnitska's NOIR EPICES. It is bewinged with honeysuckle and summery floralcy, and also deeply jammy with sucree strawberry and ripe melon-like fruitiness. This is not the old waxy Aldehyde C-14 peach, but a new one that smells juicy and ruddily vivid, like an achingly ripe plum whose yielding skin you've just pierced with your thumb.
The sweet tea note in the drydown is warm and reassuringly Southern-folksy, not Asian/mysterious.
In drydown you are left with a deliriously fruity, jammy scent with a brandy/whisky vibe, and the hint of distant burning tobacco smoke.
This is a decidedly modern scent, it is not "haute perfumey" like an old French classic, with infinite layers and sly olfactory illusions; rather it is a beguiling, fruit-sweet deliciousness, with a warm, reassuring folksy tobacco base. It has a delirious, euphoric quality, that, as others have said about Slumberhouse, transports you to a halcyon Deep South of the Great Depression era. It is a very *kind*, welcoming, hay-ey smell... It smells honest and forthright, like Jimmy Stewart.
It's not intended to be slick, flash or urbane, though the whiskey, tobacco and patchouly notes instill a real sophistication, and, in their woodiness, prevent the perfume from being considered a true gourmand. (Can a fragrance be deliriously, sweetly fruity... yet not be a Gourmand? KISTE is, I think.)
KISTE uses the note of peach better than any modern scent out there; in fact, it's the nicest peach I know of since the Patou 1930's scents, like QUE SAIS-JE?
In short, an amazing modern Fruity/Woody/Smoky. Unisex. Low sillage (throwing a cloud) but huge substantivity (lasting long on the skin). Suitable for Day or Evening, casual or formal wear. If you have been looking for a good modern fruity for your scent wardrobe, look NO further.