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    gimmegreen's avatar

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    Opus V by Amouage

    After encountering one too many lacklustre orris creations, I was struck by the beauty of Opus V’s opening chord: subtle but insistent like a lover who knows how to go the distance. The union of the soft, pale, delicately sweet orris with the sheerest touch of booze and an almost creamy oud note is divine. Please someone, find a way of prolonging this, bottle it and bring it on the market.
    For Opus V soon goes down another path, which is ultimately less rewarding. The oud becomes brasher and gains in prominence and is preserved in the ‘dry wood accord’ mentioned in the official list. This latter is stuff you will probably have encountered before; it seems to dry out the nasal membranes and has an addictive quality like glue fumes. There is a hefty dose in Opus V which results in a wearing experience a bit like a drugs high, but it does seem a bit of a cheat after the artistry of the top.

    21st September, 2012





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