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I find this a rather restrained and reticent when compared to classic Eau de Colognes, but it does possess the spirit of many of the classics in that genre. Penhaligon's have avoided making the opening too potent, and instead have opted to create something that hits the ground running, and give it plenty of stamina. The citrus opening is a noble and dignified presence, and it allows Castile to slip seamlessly into the middle phase without it being a distinct shift or contrived second stage. The tartness is maintained in the fusion of neroli and rose, and this endures to create an accord of austere beauty. The base lacks a little potency and direction, and it does tail off a little prematurely. Generally, I found the longevity to be adequate, and the projection appropriate for a fragrance of this type. This is in no way ground breaking stuff, but it is awfully good.
17th December, 2009