So, the official reveal:
The sample C was the last stop in Paris, yes, the Red Line took us all the way there, and we got to the place of luxurious fragrances and purses, the house of Hermes. The time also played tricks on us, since the fragrance from the sample C is not available any more. To sniff a discontinued perfume is a bittersweet experience unique and dear to any perfumista's heart, and for this sniff this experience was generously sponsored by TWolf. By her willingness to share, she made the time stop for you and encapsulated it in the vial. So, sample C is Parfum d'Hermes (1984)
and its newer incarnation bears the name Rouge
which goes together with the Red Line
The handkercheif clue and the greasy stain in the passport clue pointed to the house of Hermes in several ways. Princess Natalia handkerchief bore her initial (which should be N, right?) IN RUSSIAN. And a Russian letter N looks just like... and H! Hercules Poirot saw right into the heart of the matter.
The same incriminating letter H starts the name of countess Helena Andrenyi -- and that was exactly the letter we were trying to point to, while her husband was trying to conceal by planting the greasy stain on her passport and re-gluing the label on her bag so that it covers up the first letter of her name. That left them with Elena -- and us with another clue to the today's in-house perfumer for Hermes.
A letter H in a wreath of laurels is displayed on the top of many Hermes fragrances.
I have two sets of notes for Parfum d'Hermes --Fragrantica
MyrrhNotes from the Perfumed Court:
Aldehydes, bergamot, galbanum, hyacinth,
Egyptian jasmine, Florentine iris, Nossi-be ylang-ylang, Bulgarian rose,
labdanum, Cedarwood, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, spices, incense, myrrh, and vanilla.
Thank you so much, sniffers! You were impressive noses, great sleuths, and total fun! Your playing means everything. Thank you for willing to sniff and extend your knowledge of fragrances even if it does sometimes extend you more than you thought you would enjoy!
Thank you spectators -- the game wouldn't have been the same without you. Your playing in the C round in particular was just marvelous!
And finally, thank you TWolf -- as I mentioned before, I wanted an Agatha Christie theme and Wolfie made it possible with her guidance, generous sharing of ideas, fragrance, time, and patience. Thank you -- I've learned a lot planning this together with you