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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    :laugh: I share the same habits as Brian Eno!
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    Re: Has anyone gotten Miyako by Auphorie yet?

    I received it too! :smiley:
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    Re: Has anyone gotten Miyako by Auphorie yet?

    I have had a sample on backorder since April, but haven't had any news yet.... :sad:

    Orchid74 description made me wanting it even more urgently!!!!!!
  4. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    You'll love Grezzo, if you appreciate Tabac. Getting to know DD's work better, I'm starting to find certain red thread in his fragrances and Tabac and Grezzo definitely share the same one- which it's...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Enjoy your socks!
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Sharing your urgency! :smiley:
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Same here!!!! :shocked:
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    :2vrolijk_08:
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 7 March 2016

    Thanks, gimmegreen!
    Sotolone- I love to match a smell with the name of the molecule! :smiley:
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    Re: After buying fragrance, they have you hooked

    Not at all, for me.
    I had to overcome a huge internal resistence in testing- and then buying- Etro fragrances due to my dislike for its being a fashion brand! I can be tempted by make up...
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    Re: "That kind" of Jasmine

    Tawaf, Acampora and Olene are my suggestions, too.

    If you're after an animalic, warm,almost furry vibe- due not to indoles but to rich spices instead- I'd suggest TDC Jasmin de Nuit.
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    Re: Suggestions for Green Florals?

    I guess it passed unnoticed! Chamade is a gorgeous green floral!
  13. Re: How is the current formulation of Guerlain Chamade?

    I have a tiny vintage mini (no idea on the concentration) from the early eighties and bought the recent EdP last year- despite a certain difference in richness and depth, I'm loving it and find it...
  14. Re: Perfume preference/choice and biology: some studies

    Absolutley loved the Materials and Methods section- 150g chocolate bar in reward included! :grin:
  15. Re: Perfume preference/choice and biology: some studies

    Thank you, I'll take some time to read them throughly. One of the subjects I'm most interested in- but too lazy to do proper studies! :smiley:
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 11 January 2016

    :smiley:

    Thanks!
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - January 2016

    Diptyque Orange Chai Christmas candle.

    Happy 2016 :smiley:
  18. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    So true!

    :2vrolijk_08:

    Happy New Year everybody!
  19. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Testing Il Giglio, at last.
    The opening is stern, dark, rooty and slightly boozy- the iris is earthy and carroty, without any prettiness (I'm on a iris feast, lately, having been gifted with Chanel...
  20. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Do you mind if I subscribe every single word- except maybe two out of three of your fragrances of choice?! :smiley:

    I have a 2 ml sample of the original version of Iris di Firenze, never dared to...
  21. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Secret pages, samples of the intriguing Diamondflame fragrance.... :smiley:
  22. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Happy to hear your enthusiasm, Flaneuse! I can relate on the joy when you receive your wooden box... :smiley:

    Now, I must give Balsamo della Mecca a full wearing, I kind of overlooked my 5 ml...
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    Re: Poppies - what do they smell of?

    I once had the chance to spend some time in a botanical garden in Milan with Victoria Frolova from Bois de Jasmin and we smelt very carefully ALL the flowers and herbs, there: poppies are not...
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    Re: Serge Lutens surprise

    Saw them two years ago at Rinascente in Milan- only ISM and FN, actually, and they were also discounted, 30% if I remember right. In the end I decided I didn't like that much ISM, but it would have...
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    Re: What else can one buy after owning Aventus?

    Nothing!

    (Sorry I couldn't help! and second Schnozz- wrong forum!)
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - November 2015

    Diptyque- Myrrhe
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    Re: Any recommendations on my first candle?

    Great fan of Diptyque candles, here. :smiley:
    Besides cacio's suggestions, I'd add Myrrhe- my favourite ever, warm, resinous, balsamic- and Pomander- spicy and ambery.
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    Re: Music and Perfume: BBC Radio 3 this Sat 1PM

    Thank you! Looking forward to listen to it! :happy:
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    Into hibernation... :smiley:
    Too many boring/uninteresting threads, for me, too few good perfumes around lately, a nice collection to enjoy quietly in my den under the snow...
    popping in for SOTD...
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    Re: Esteban better than fine fragrance?

    I agree with you, Esteban makes excellent fine fragrances- complex, multilayered and not banal at all, especially in the "higher" line. I love Jathikai, an India inspired blend that stands proud...
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    Re: Basmati rice notes?

    this! and A Quiet Morning, by Miller et Bertaux
  32. Re: Luca Turin Complete writings 2003-2014 now on Kindle!

    I remember reading them- one a day- on the tramway, in the early morning of very hot summer days, getting to a school in the Northern outskirts of Milan where I was doing the final exams... The...
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    Re: Urban Smellscapes // The Guardian Article

    Thank you, very interesting read!
    As an urban smeller myself, I deeply enjoy sniffing and keeping notes of the smells I perceive while walking, at home or abroad.
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    Re: Diptyque Oud Palao

    Thank you- I expected it, though...
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    Re: Diptyque Oud Palao

    Please tell me- how much camphor in it? I'm a total sucker for camphoraceous notes in fragrances... :smiley:

    Waiting for your opinions!
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    Re: Other options for home fragrance?

    Some houses- Esteban for one- propose tiny beads or stones or hanging objects (generally made with wood or clay) you can soak with a fragrance you like and just leave diffusing- the smell will be...
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    Re: Is Skin Chemistry Psychological?

    Totally agree.
    Having studied Chemistry at University, I would add that even evaporation rates, adsorption, absorption are not chemical phenomena- they are physical ones, as they don't involve the...
  38. Re: Vanilla as a man-trap? Some light Sunday reading

    Funny read, thank you.

    I once had a revealing experience at my working place- a teachers' staff room. I was telling a bit to a (male) colleague about my love for fragrances and my preference for...
  39. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Alaia Paris and Miu Miu

    "I cannot imagine why a woman would want to smell like her soul has been incinerated, unless she is a dentist’s assistant in white scrubs and clogs trying to convey the eradication of microscopic...
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    Re: The dark history of CHANEL MISIA

    Totally agree.

    And I find the line "As for that “special friendship” with Misia Sert that Chanel talks about, it was “special” indeed. Misia was allegedly Coco’s lover at times " really narrow...
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    Re: Shipping perfume from Italy

    Learning that Poste Italilane is THE ONLY reliable mean for safe sending makes me smile- they have such a- often deserved!- bad reputation! :-)
    Thanks Colin for the infos, I've always put off...
  42. Re: Read any books you want to wear as a fragrance? Here is one...

    Nice thread! (Though, as an Italian, I find it quite difficult to associate Gomorra with a wearable perfume! :undecided: Disclaimer- I've only watched the movie, never read the book, but, as I've...
  43. Re: You got to be kidding: Zlatan pour Homme by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    If someone is interested and can read French:

    http://next.liberation.fr/next/2015/06/27/nez-a-nez-avec-zlatan_1337598

    Not many information on the fragrance itself, though.. (not that I'm...
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    Re: Greenish Orange Blossom?

    Hanbury is about calicanthus- a flower that smells quite different from orange blossoms- and musk, and as far as I remember it's not very green...

    A fresh take on orange blossom is L'Artisan...
  45. Re: Forbidden notes; oak moss & vetiver, what are they really?

    Totally agree. And let me add something I read more than one year ago in: Ohloff, Pickenhagen, Kraft "Scent and Chemistry", page 318:

    "In the 1970s almost all chypre notes were based on Evernyl,...
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    Re: female members lacking

    The General Fragrance section is a nice place to discuss fragrances, most of the times. Men, women who think about fragrances in ways other than "what pleases most males/females" or batch numbers or...
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    Re: No mass!

    Lots of interesting points in this thread.

    I'm speaking for myself, but I guess my feeling could be shared by some other members.
    The problem here is not in being a perfumer reviewing other...
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    Re: Vetiver by Guerlain for a woman?

    I am a woman and Guerlain Vetiver is on top of my whislist!

    Enjoy it. :smiley:

    (As many keep saying here on BN- if you like a fragrance and you think you're smelling good, then it is just right...
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    Re: Natural born artist and unnatural born perfume

    Just my two cents- I have no formal art criticism education:

    an artist is an artist because he/she claims to be it?! :huh:
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    Re: No mass!

    I tend to agree with this. Every review is self-explanatory: if I can't get to the end of the line because I can't/am not interested in following another human mind's meanders, I simply drop it and...
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    Re: No mass!

    There's something I keep not understanding- what has mass in the OP to do with all this? :huh:
  52. Re: How do scents change on you from winter to summer?

    I live in Northern Italy, which means rather cold winters and hot, humid summers. I generally love to have my seasonal things- food, drinks and scents, of course- and it seldom occurs to me to feel...
  53. Interesting and complex read, thank you. (I...

    Interesting and complex read, thank you.

    (I wonder where the people who know THE TRUTH have gotten their informations. It would have been correct to put some trusted references.)
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    Re: La Via del Profumo

    I second Bokaba, i can't think of something smelling diametrally different from what you listed!
    Anyway, there's a thread in the General Fragrance section dedicated to Profumo fragrances.
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    Re: Who else loves Tonka bean?

    Adore tonka beans!
    Today I wore AbdesSalaam Attar Mecca Balsam and it turned out to be a wonderfully resinous tonka bomb! :smiley:
  56. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    How do you like Ihram, hoschhti?
    I'm testing it right now and I guess I could love deeply its uncompromised woodiness! It shares some aspects with Hindu Kush, I find.

    And, yes Diamondflame,...
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    Re: Fragrance bottle size complaint

    I personally don't care if I spend more- relatively speaking- for a smaller bottle. Given my rotation I can do with 10 ml bottles for years!
  58. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    The sniffing party has already begun! :happy:

    Tawaf is indeed gorgeous, very realistic and indolic! i must transfer the content in a spray bottle and douse myself with it to enjoy it fully.
    Acqua...
  59. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    My precious box has arrived! :2vrolijk_08:
    Mini bottles I had ordered:
    Venezia
    Acqua Santa/ Holy Water
    Tawaf
    Grezzo
    Mecca Balsam

    Plus:
    A complimentary mini bottle of Ihram
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    Re: What do guys like to smell on women?

    I'm not sure I get the point of your question. Does it really make a difference what is the sex of the good smelling? I mean, I once smelt a very beautiful green jasmin in a museum in Rome, followed...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - June 2015

    Natural linden blossoms in the living room, natural jasmin in bedroom and kitchen!

    A rare moment in the year, when the city air is smelling beautiful :smiley:
  62. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    Totally agree with you! I had noticed and I'm glad you brought up the subject, I find all this really poor taste.

    I' ll try to do as mixerscent suggests :smiley:
  63. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Hello, Profumo fanclub!
    Just pop in to share with you- alas not concretely, as nobody has invented the smell button in posts, yet- some impressions.
    I was in Venice for a short break and the city...
  64. Re: Goodbye Zeta (and other looming Tauer discontinuations)

    In this time of the year, when linden blossoms are in full bloom and the air is saturated with their wonderful smell, I'm so sad I've never found a fragrance that could really portray it. I wanted so...
  65. Beautiful interview, thank you. I'm presently...

    Beautiful interview, thank you.

    I'm presently wearing Baiser Volé and love the way she describes her idea of feminine fragrances.

    Also, I must get to know the Heures!
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    Re: Wild grape vine blossom fragrance?

    Never smelt vine flowers! How would you descibe their smell?
    Sometimes orange blossoms have definite grape notes- maybe you could find some similarity.
    :smiley:
  67. Re: Your help please: making a special BN perfume line for women/unisex (acquired tastes)

    Totally agree! I'd love something really cool, not fresh- personally I adore camphor, a note too often overlooked and sometimes dismissed due to the association with bug repellents!
  68. Re: What are some of your favorite Plum fragrances?

    Olfactive Studio Chambre Noire has a prominent plum note on a base of woods, leather and incense.
  69. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Thank you :smiley:

    "the fact that the drydown does not contain anything hideous."- how true!
    And love his musings on white flowers!
  70. Thread: Good taste?

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    Re: Good taste?

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Finally, Aventus Femme will be out this year!

    Hope it doesn't smell as boring as the male version!
    Anyway, I'm not interested at all, none of the Creed I've tested has ever worked for me.
    Maybe some men will love it and, disturbed by the 'for...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Interesting read, nonetheless.
    I appreciate what Trebor says about the religious background of the brand. That's what put me off at the beginning and almost made me skip them at Esxence. Ethics and...
  73. Thread: Steamy South

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    Steamy South

    Though a bit lemony in the opening, I'd suggest Malle's Eau de Magnolia- it's luminous, airy with a chypresque backbone. I wear it in Northern Italy Summers, which can be quite hot and humid and it...
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    Re: best FIG fragrance on the market?

    No trace of fig, here, I'm afraid. :undecided:

    My favourite ones are Premier Figuier and Heeley
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - Mayl 2015

    Tilleul by Diptyque
  76. Re: Anyone wear L`Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier Extreme?

    I prefer Premier Figuier EdT to the Extreme, too, as I find it greener and less coconutty. A great fragrance for Summer IMO.
    The fig in Caligna is much subtler and drowning in a massive dose of...
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    I do share your concern- maybe because we share the same environment! :tongue:
    I can generally recognize fragrances that I'm familiar with, and as I don't know most mainstream fragrances, most of...
  78. Re: Looking for something that smells like a JUNGLE

    Definitely Fleur de Liane! I've fallen out of love with it, but I use to call it Kurtz- as in Heart of Darkness- for its humid, deep dark and perturbing vibe! :laugh:

    Also the new Jangala by...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    +1!

    Now I feel a bit less inadequate in expressing my opinions on fragrances :cheesy:
  80. Re: The Implausibility of the Vibrational Theory of Olfaction

    Thank you- I confess I read only the abstract :wink:

    And now, let's hear what Luca Turin has to say!
  81. Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Edit- I received a mail from the company from which I desume I had misinterpreted the informations. It's 17,50€ all included, samples set AND delivery.

    Apologies to everyone concerned

    :smiley:
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    Re: Making Mitti Attar Article (The Atlantic.com)

    Thank you :smiley:
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    Re: Heather in fragrances

    I can speak for Barry Lyndon by Maria Candida Gentile- I'm not sure that it's heather I could detect mostly (I would describe the smell of heather in slightly different terms: to me it has certainly...
  84. Thread: Milan - IT

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    Re: Milan - IT

    A few updates.

    La Rinascente is undergoing some renovations and some fragrance counters have changed place or are missing..

    The glorious Profumeria di via Spadari is no more! It closed at the...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    "It should have been called Tom Ford Medium Taupe, but I guess that had less of a ring."

    :lolk:

    Thanks, as usual.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Same here :sad:
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    Re: Santi Burgas: amazing creations

    +1

    His website isn't properly appealing to me.... :undecided:
  88. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    I wish I had read this before going to Esxence!!! I was so put off by their website while I was preparing- I certainly didn't catch the "intelligent mixture of sacre and profane" - I deliberately...
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    Re: Today I bought April 2015

    Chamade EdP, current version.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Based on my personal policy, I would have skipped them too- can't say I love their website, ther are a few things that get on my nerves- but I read Colin's advice before going and trusted him......
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    It was the guy at Unum stand that spelled it "Laus".... :undecided:

    Thanks for your reviews, I'm happy to share my preferences with you!

    One thing I love about LAVS is the slightly soapy,...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Foustie, I'm impressed by the clarity and completeness of your report!!! Yes, too bad I wasn't in town Saturday and couldn't meet you!

    This was my fourth Esxence and I must say I've seen it...
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    Re: Define QUALITY in a fragrance

    I guess one should make a difference between a synthetically reconstructed accord (i.e. gardenia)- and of course there could be different combinations, and hence different smells in the end- and a...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Both fell in my very personal idiosyncratic ban-list: too expensive, J&M; with an offputting- to me- aesthetic the AC website... :undecided:
    Glad you liked them, though!

    And O'Driu... I know I'm...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    So, in the end I went, this morning and in less than one hour I was outside.
    Some stands were already deserted (Le Galion, who was very generous with samples, a friend told me :angry:, and the...
  96. Re: Whats your the most favorite fragrance by Parfum díEmpire

    One of my favourite lines.
    1) Cuir Ottoman
    2) Azemour Les Orangers
    3) Musc Tonkin

    Also like: Equistrius, Osmanthus Interdite
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Agree, Colin. Maybe the only interesting thing I've smelt at Esxence! Thanks for the tip.
    My favourite one is LAVS ( mumsy, it's the Latin way of writing U and V with the same letter, so it's LAUS...
  98. Well, yes- there are several fragrances that...

    Well, yes- there are several fragrances that feature a rubber accord and are very plesant: Gomma by Etro (gomma meaning rubber in Italian) or Bulgari Black, for example :smiley:
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    it must be the beer accord Furrypine refers to- though not Pilsner at all! :grin:. I'll check. Maybe. Very quickly.

    So, thanks to Colin, I'll check very quickly the obnoxious Galion (they are...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Furrypine, ever heard of Malbrum? They appear to be Norwegian- they hint to a certain Norwegian joie de vivre....:smiley:
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