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A rather dry, green, slightly astringent masculine chypre with herbal and spicy notes predominant in the first phase. The development progresses to a woody-spicy vibe with overtones of muscatel wine. The drydown is mostly woods and musks, with coumarin and incense for added interest. Not too easy to find these days. It has decent projection and quite good longevity on my skin. Itís just a tad too bitter to seem elegant to my taste, but quite a well-constructed and interesting scent in its own right. I would say itís not quite a gem, but rather perhaps a baroque pearl: lustrous, but slightly farouche and irregular ó in a good way, of course...
29th January, 2011