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    Royal Vintage by Martine Micallef

    Royal vintage opens with a synthetic pleasant smelling pineapple accord with an underlying almost red apple-like undertone and a hint of smoky birch. As the scent enters the heart phase the pineapple remains in a slightly more subdued state while the smoky birch increases in strength and becomes the real star of the scent through the rest of its life-cycle. Royal Vintage is completely linear and once the birch appears in full force in the early heart that is pretty much what the scent offers throughout. Projection is very good and longevity is excellent at 12 hours on skin.

    What a complete disappointment. Ignore the inventive list of notes Micallef provides, as this is really very much an obvious Aventus type "me too" release with its synthetic pineapple and smoky birch driven linear tandem. The truth is Micallef does a very good job of capturing the spirit of Aventus, with Royal Vintage tilting more to the smoky birch instead of the pineapple. Royal Vintage also keeps the performance aspects of Aventus relatively well-intact with projection and longevity both not quite as strong, but almost there. Potency is if anything even stronger than Aventus to my great chagrin. The bottom line is as I dislike Aventus primarily due to its smokiness that wears you down over time, it should come as no surprise I really dislike Royal Vintage and Aventus is more balanced and smoother in comparison. This ridiculously redundant similarly priced release of an already barely average scent gets a poor 2 stars out of 5 and an avoid recommendation unless you are an Aventus fan that wants more smoke and does not want to worry about potential batch inconsistencies.

    26th February, 2013 (Last Edited: 27th February, 2013)





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