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Arguably this is Penhaligon's most original and interesting scent. It is certainly their most striking- while the faint and formal Blenheim Bouquet fades into a pleasant recline this strikes you straight away and for some of course this may be a little too much. Yes it is rich, and it does have an alcoholic, almost whiskey-like aroma about it, but this is precisely how it should be treated; aged, appreciating that it is something that has developed over time and has this wonderful air of past about it. Of course to the novice this is much like having their first scotch on the rocks, far too powerful and heady to merit any kind of appreciation. This is certainly a fragrance for someone who is a bit more daring, a little more eccentric or different. It isn't really the rose that is prominent; there is certainly floral connotation yet it much more oriental or woody than anything else, and very powdery giving it a classic clean, barber shop feel.
18 November, 2009