Originally Posted by zztopp
I don't know if a reformulation is responsible for this but I have found many Penhaligon fragrances to be quite top loaded...that is, that the quality of materials is high in the top notes, but the middle/basenotes in most cases are composed of mediocre or at times poor quality ingredients. English Fern is probably the only exception to this.
Now that's interesting. I loved the opening of Castile but it went downhill fast--though I attributed this to wearing it in hot summer temperatures. Luca Turin in The Guide wrote something to the effect that Hamman was a shadow of its original self due to the cost which would be entailed these days to make it properly ( a la 1872?)
I wish I knew. Does anyone correspond with Dr. Turin? How rich would one have to be to commission the original formula?
Anyway, another vote for Blenheim.
I'll give you a Creed analogy:
Vintage Tabarome= Blenheim
Acier Aluminium= Hamman
Polar opposites but both are splendid, imho.