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I was cleaning out some old cabinets this evening, when I came across a mysterious little brown glass bottle of cologne. Interesting. It had no labels, no markings on it whatsoever. I had no recollection of ever buying it. How did it get there?

I figured I would take it as challenge and try to deduce what it was. Isprayed some on my arm. WOW!!! A huge dose of pure, unadulterated, contraband oakmoss. Reminds me a bit of vintage Paco Rabanne, but not quite so green. This must is an older bottle. Makes sense, given that I couldn't remember acquiring it.

Other notes---some cinnamon. leather, patchouli, and musk...maybe a bit of floral. An absolutely gorgeous composition. Well balanced, deep, rich, and round. I'm thinking 80's or early 90's vintage. Probably a powerhouse. Not niche.

Next, I startedreading through the Basenotes "rankings" looking for a matching photo. There it is! Halston Z14!

What a revelation. This was a glorious fragrance in its heyday. I wouldn't even bother sniffing now that the IFRA fascists have effectively banned its key ingredient: oakmoss.

If you want to torture yourself and experience the lost world of truly refined, well-balanced chypres, get a whiff of some vintage Halston Z14. It will make you weep for lost beauty.