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Having been disappointed by many of the Bond no. 9 releases that I have experimented with in the past, its great to see that the two recent tries have been thumbs-up worthy...first, New Haarlem, and now Chinatown. Just like New Haarlem, Chinatown is a sweet, almost gourmandy fragrance which has enough variance in its notes so as not to become an overwhelmingly saccharine and cloying fragrance.
Upon initial application, its the peach note which is the most noticeable; Chinatown then incrementally transforms to a sweeter stage after hitting each of the succeeding note levels. The basenotes introduce a floral component but I smell a tangy orange note in the mix too. The base is quite woody and sweet thanks to a cardamom, vanilla, patchoulli and sandalwood mix...but amongst this nectareous syrupy mix, you can still detect the peach and orange notes. Longevity and sillage are great, although the bottle is a little too feminine for my taste. A great warm weather and comfort offering, Chinatown ranks as one of the best from Bond no. 9.
02 September, 2006