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    Casbah by Robert Piguet

    This is a nice surprise. Nothing like two other Guichard scents I know, Visa and Chinatown, both of which are far too sweet for my tastes. This is austere and dry. Not sure how Moroccan this is, but names don't matter.

    The black pepper opens quite strong, but segues into nutmeg pretty quickly. Casbah recalls 1828 for a little while, but the spiciness of the nutmeg seems perfectly allied with the drier or more astringent notes of incense. This isn't a smoky incense, really - closer to SSS's Incense Pure than to CdG Avignon. Which is lucky for me, since IP is my HG incense.

    The iris emerges pretty quickly and is iris as in Iris Silver Mist. I had expected iris as in Dzongkha; kind of referred to in passing. But this is a full-on, dominant note. And the mix of a rooty iris and a dry incense is a magical study in contrasts. Quite cognitively dissonant.

    I don't get much cedarwood or tobacco - the vetiver is detectable, but mostly the trio of nutmeg, incense and iris just plays out in an undulating and quite beautiful way. Mesmerisinglyly pretty, and profoundly unexpected. Very good indeed.

    30th May, 2012