Originally Posted by Derbyman
Hey canuck21 - please
hurry back and tell us what you can about this much anticipated juice...!
Availability: The SA told me that they only recieved 4 bottles and she doesn't know if they'll get any more. She said the other Bay stores in my city haven't recieved any at all. Apparently Canada was one of the first countries to recieve the fragrance and we were both puzzled why. Anyhow she said the Pure leather is a limited edition as far as she knows and hasn't received as much anticipation since Pure havane, Pure shot took awhile to sell. The others part of this collection are most likely to be permanent stays in the Mugler lineup. (I also got a Mugler sport bag as a thanks you
Fragrance: Okay, from 2 days of testing here is my personal take: This starts off like the original A*men but without the tar note, it smells more rounded with the amped up patchouli note, a few minutes later the leather starts to come forward. It's not a leather as in TL but it's clearly distinguishable as leather so to say. I get a slight hint of coffee in the top, but you really have to dig to smell it. Soon enough the scent becomes this heavy, thick boozy fragrance that smells so well blended together, caramel mixed with the chocloate dominates and the coffee note plays a strong supporting role in the mid. It smells like a typical gourmand. The leather is much more pronounced and is clearly evident. It works amazingly with the caramel/ chocolate and the coffee. It smells thick and authentic, something really special. Near the end of this fragrance the leather becomes in your face but it's toned down with some of the other notes, the coffee sticks around as does the booziness that the caramel and chocolate gave off. Vanilla take control here and sort of relaxes the whole of the fragrance. All in all a wonderful compostion.
My 2 cents: My second favourite Mugler, Pure havane is still my favourite but it jumps ahead of Pure Malt. I did a side by side comparison with the original A*men just to see the differences/similarities and they are different fragrances and although they do have similarities, they each have their own unique personalities. They're like cousins so to say. Overall, a great release by Mugler after the apparent 'disappoinment' with Pure shot. They went back with what they do best, unique authentic gourmands with a twist. It's a different take on a leather and I like that. If you guys get a chance, please grab this as it is quite amazing. Just my take though and you have to test for yourself