Five years after his retirement, Jean Paul Guerlain continues to put his fingerprints on the image of the house. With Spiritueuse Double Vanille from 2007 he once again dwells on the eternal theme of vanilla. This time it's not Metallica's bright, shining vanilla, but a sombre gourmand-vanilla. It starts with tingling alcoholic notes of matured dark rum and continues through tobacco leaves, cedar wood, frankincense, warm spices and the tiniest bit of rose. It makes you travel to colorful, noisy Havana, then to stringent Pierre Hermés' deluxe cake shop in Paris. Its sillage is velvet soft but it's still detectable twenty hours after application.
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9/15/07 at 3:01am