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Ambre Topkapi is a poor excuse for an amber scent. This starts off with some nice fruity and spicy notes, very fresh smelling for an amber but after the initial blast a chypre-ish accord comes to the fore. This seems to dominate the scent never allowing the notes in the amber accord to shine, in fact the amber notes seem weak and insipid, especially when compared to classics like SL Ambre Sultan. The longevity was less than 4 hours and it had no appreciable sillage. Even when snuggled up with my wife she could not really smell it unles she buried her nose in my chest. While the idea of creating a masculine amber is intriguing, other ambers are much better executed and more masculine (i.e. Ambre 114).
20th October, 2008