I love the smell of linden blossoms (or basswood, as we call the native North American linden tree). They are perhaps my very favorite scent of early summer, and the honeybees seem to concur. But this perfume doesn't exactly scratch that itch...I get almost no top notes - it goes immediately to rose, neroli, and ylang-ylang, in that order of intensity, which all seem to compete with the linden blossom, brazenly asserting their dominance. During the knock-down brawl of aggressively sweet florals, a stealthy sour/piquant note slinks around the fray. Perhaps something provoked the uglier side of ylang-ylang's personality. Eventually the angrily cheerful flowers tire of trying to demolish each other completely and, if you have the patience to wait for it, the linden smiles a little - a sad, ambiguous, Mona Lisa expression. The other flowers smile tightly, refusing to leave the arena, but a softening melancholy allows a glimpse of the woodsy base, dusted with a spicy-sweet powder. It makes me long for what might have been - a linden sparkling, supported and balanced by an ensemble cast of earthy woods and spice. If anyone discovers *that* scent, get a message to me post-haste.
The opening is bright with tart lemon & bergamot, swiftly followed by neroli & honeyed rose. Shortly after though, l get a strange sour note that l can't explain. l did have this sample for a few months before l got around to trying it, but it was kept in a box well away from heat & light, so l see no reason why it should have turned. After a couple of hours, l get a grassy green note, & after seven hours it all fades out without having developed any further.
l don't recall ever having smelled linden blossom in nature, & so l cannot comment on this scent's similarity to it. The only other fragrance l've tried that lists it as a note is DelRae's Debut, which has a much brighter, juicy greenness to it, although l found it too tart for me. l have read that linden has a grassy aspect, so l guess that's what l'm getting in the drydown.
l have really enjoyed most of the Tauer fragrances that l've tried, but l find this one disappointing, as for me that sour note detracts too much from my enjoyment of it.