The Spanish Island of Minorca (or Menorca, if you'd rather) is famous for several things: Cheese, Gin, Shoes, being the apparent birthplace of Mayonnaise, and also having the second deepest natural harbour in the world. It is also the birthplace of Juan Farmenias Floris (pictured), founder of the house that bears his name (The house was founded in 1730, and today is still family owned and run by descendents of J.F Floris). To celebrate their heritage Floris are launching two Minorca inspired scents, created by in-house perfumer Shelagh Foyle.
Sirena is described as a "sparkling floral marine fragrance with the freshness of a sea breeze". Notes include oleander, peony, rose, summer berries, musks and sandalwood. The fragrance is inspired the bronze mermaid statue in the harbour of Minorca's capital Mahon.
Mahon Leather is a woody fragrance with vetiver, saffron and leather. It is inspired by the leather tack worn by the Minorcan Horse - symbolic of many cultural celebrations and fiestas on the island.
Both scents are available as 100ml Eau de Parfum from early September 2011.