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    Default Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Another round of blind sniffing is about to start, and this time it is ….the Unabashed Gourmand Experience!
    As usual, one mysterious sample falls in the mass market, one in the department store/designer and one in the niche category. Will it be hard? Not completely….one is easy easy, one is medium difficulty, one is …oh boy! Please describe the colour, the density, the notes, the images, the feelings and everything else crossing your mind!
    Since we have kanutta and jazztweety in Europe and shadesofbleu in the US – in different time zones – I believe they should be allowed a reasonable amount of time to sniff and guess at their own pace.
    Therefore, the non-blind sniffers who think they have identified a mysterious scent during the first day/day and a half of sniffing&guessing should please PM me with their guesses instead of posting directly on the thread …. it will be much more fun for everybody….
    Now…let’s start!
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Ok, I'll start then with sample A.

    The juice is pale yellow, reminds me of a glass of Chardonnay.
    A connoisseur of wine would perhaps describe the color as "straw yellow"......

    I have sniffed the juice of all samples from the vials; and my first impression is that sample A is the one I like best, but will see when the others get on my skin.

    When first applied I get a "boozy" accord, like a liqueur, it calms down fast, but is still here.

    I get liquorice, chocolate, some spice...vanilla...honey?
    Is there some tea in it too perhaps?
    And somehow I smell a little rose jam too...

    It's a rich, creamy scent. Sweet, but not overly so.
    Dark rather than blond, I see purple when I smell it.

    Gender neutral in my opinion, can easily be worn by both sexes.

    It seems the most "nichist" out of the three.

    Ok this is my first impressions, need to let the scent develop more.

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Hello everyone, and thank you Carissima for the lovely goodies and organizing this very delicious sniffing round!

    I am 98% sure that it is a scent i know, love and have. But the 2% of intrigue appeared, when I compared the sample A with my own bottle, which is about 10 years old now, so this might eventually explain the minimal difference, or they are different scents , but then the sample A would be a masterful copy of the scent I'm recognizing. Who knows?

    So now let's talk about the facts: the colour is a light beige, the juice not very oily. Very good lasting power, I think it's Edp/Parfum de Toilette.
    When I took the first whiff out of the vial, a familiar and unique accord hit me:
    a masterful vanilla cloud that is not cloying due to the combination with a very refined light wood note, ambroxan, plum and cola, with a mellow mandarin opening, prominent in a designer scent that has sadly been discontinued and is now terribly missed by the connaisseurs...

    The only thing that confuses me is that Lady_In_Black's sample has a slightly more cocoa/honey like note that the scent I suspect it to be doesn't have as much from my bottle

    If you intended to really intrigue me, you succeded my Dear!!!

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Very good initial impressions, dear ladies!
    Let's wait and see what shadesofbleu comes up with.....
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    I just now applied sample "A"

    My first thoughts were honey, something berry-ish, and chocolate.

    It "feels" like EDP on my skin, if that's possible. I don't smell a lot of alcohol, so that I another reason I think it's EDP. It seems to sit very near the skin, at least this early in the wearing. I just asked my hubby to sniff ... he couldn't smell it

    I'm off to work now, and unfortunately, I don't have internet access at work ... so you guys will have to wait for me to get home to post more thoughts.
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    I'm hungry.....
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Personally I agree with Lady_in_Black that our sniffers should be the first to try their hand and noses in guessing.

    However, if I got a few questions regarding this fragrance, may I ask them here now or is it too early?

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    ...I have already made my guess...but there is still the 2%...I'm very curious!

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    It is three hours since I put on sample A now; the drydown reminds me of Samsara, so I guess there must be sandalwood in it...?

    There was also someting smoky and "tobaccoish" in the heartnotes to my nose; I have never smelled this scent before, I'm quite sure of that.

    It reminds a bit of YR Rose Absolu combined with Tea for two; Samsara and Fumerie Turque, sprinkled with grated chocolate on top!

    The lasting power is good; it's a bit difficult to say anything about the sillage as I didn't put on that much.

    I have no idea of what it might be.

    The drydown is mostly sandalwood and vanilla to my nose...

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Personally I agree with Lady_in_Black that our sniffers should be the first to try their hand and noses in guessing.

    However, if I got a few questions regarding this fragrance, may I ask them here now or is it too early?
    Go ahead, dear! Asking questions always helps!

    I can't give any explicit hints until our shades gets back to us this evening, but one thing is for sure: NO chocolate and NO cocoa among the official notes.....does anybody smell nuts? I do.....but they're also not among the notes
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Already then! Here is what I would like to know about A:

    Forget the Gourmand aspect, is A oriental or floral oriental?Any particular flowers besides rose?
    Any noticeable spices besides anise: cinnamon, cardamom, ginger?
    Any raspberry ot strawberry at all?
    Are they peaches or plums? Or, pineapples and figs?
    Any resemblance to Angel? Any patchouli?
    Does it dry down powdery or stay muted but transparent? Dry?
    If you smell any nuts at all, are they almonds/ toasted almonds/ pistaccios/ cashews/ hazelnuts?
    Any cookies/ biscotti/ pie crust to A?
    Chocolate note without cocoa or chocolate among the official notes, can it be coffee + vanilla? praline? caramel? Is it vanilla at all, or, perhaps, benzoin or tonka bean?
    Is there anything that "bothers" you in A, some slight nuance that you thought the fragrance would be better without?

    Last edited by Twolf; 15th October 2007 at 03:03 PM.

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Wow!
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Whatever A is, it sounds heavenly. My mouth is watering...
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Whatever A is, it sounds heavenly. My mouth is watering...
    If you're a good boy, if you haven't sniffed it, you'll get a sample...
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    I don't detect much flower in it, so maybe an oriental...?

    No nuts but probably some fruit, hence the association with jam that I get, some red berry perhaps..

    Some musk in the drydown perhaps,...a little powdery, yes.

    No biscuits or amandes.

    Caramel rather than chocolate, and no Angel wibes at all. No patchouli.

    It is tonka beans in YR Rose Absolu, and cinnamon too; so it could very well be present in this as well, as it reminds me quite a bit of RA.

    I can still smell it very well after 8 hours, so it must be an edp at least...

    I'll shut up for now at let the two others speak !

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    Kanutta, the association with jam is very, very close to the truth...think about a fruit which is not used to make breakfast jam, but ......
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    Applied again to get the topnotes.....now I know what it is : "Mon cheri " chocolate!
    ( chocolate filled with cherry liqueur, very popular 20 years ago )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    Kanutta, the association with jam is very, very close to the truth...think about a fruit which is not used to make breakfast jam, but ......
    Peanuts????

    The fruit I get is plum, definitely, and a cola accord! I would say it is an ambery vanillic oriental. A typical Vanilla/Tonka/Sandalwood base. I don't get nuts

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    Ladies, it's time for some hints!

    The house gives its name to only 3 scents. They aren't very generous in giving the notes....those given for Sample "A" are very few, and some quite generic. I have to stick with them, although to my nose (and to others as well) there is indeed more in this scent than is told In particular, there's an "accord" among the notes, meaning many notes form it - spices, mainly

    The fruit is not plum and not peanut and there's no cola note listed either. No
    rose either...unless it is a white rose we're talking about

    I agree with jazztweety on an ambery vanillic base (who could doubt it, she's a great nose!)....but the biggest giveaway has already been disclosed by kanutta in her very first post. I almost felt my hair stand on end when I read it Therefore, I invite you to read it again
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    Bingo!!!!!!!!!! I've got it. This is not Escada Collection, it's from a French house and very often mentioned to be similar to Escada Collection, no wonder I got trapped (but noticed the tiny difference at least).
    Never ever go with notes that are listed - there maybe tons of other things too.
    The key are grapes and some fungus...
    So then this is the niche fraggie, OMG. So I finally got to sniff this jewel

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Ok, I was right about the boozy accord then. I think I know what it is after Jazztweetys post, but I never would have guessed it by myself.

    Think I'll pour me a glass of Baumes de Venice now!

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    sorry to hold up the procedings

    I do get the boozy note at the first, almost amaretto maybe.

    I had a busy day at work, I felt I lost the entire scent around lunch time ... so to me, the lasting power wasn't so great.

    It looks like my fellow sniffers have got it already, but I don't know this one.
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    Is there jasmine is this?
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    My blind sniffing beauties, don't be shy! If you think you have identified the scent, post your guess!

    Correctly, jazztweety compares it to Escada Collection but it is not it

    And shades, I am reminded of almonds and hazelnuts swimming in a clear, golden honey sea, sans the usual heliotrope or almond note! There could well be jasmine in there...although the notes refer generically to "white flowers".

    Kanutta, it's not only your description of a boozy note that impressed me. Read the first lines you wrote! Suffice it to say that in the eyes of the house, it should call to mind a Sauternes

    I fondly refer to her as my Honey Queen .
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    ok I think I have it!

    is it Botrytis by Ginestet?
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Can I take the liberty of declaring an ex aequo for my blind sniffers? Jazztweety and Kanutta PMed me the answer almost in parallel and Shadesofbleu just posted it!


    SO WE HAVE THREE WINNERS!!!!
    And a special mention to my dear friend Twolf who was the first to PM me the right guess and to sakecat who followed, and to all those who graciously PMed me their guesses! Thank you for joining us!

    Botrytis, by the French fine winemaker Ginestet based in the Bordeaux area, is a lush, rich, honeyed fall scent. Perfect for the cold days ahead! Although it is definitely a sweet, gourmand scent, it has quite a following. The bottle is a little gem: grapes and vines acid-etched in the round body, with a satiny golden cap ornated by a grape leaf, enclosed in a deep amber/golden brown silky bag with ruffles.
    The given notes are: honey, candied fruits, quince, gingerbread, white flowers.

    Y'all relax now with Sample B.
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Congratulations to all! Honestly, what helped me most was kanutta's answers to my questions and LIB's comparison to fruit for non-breakfast jam -- of course after about a dozen of incorrect guesses!

    We are all getting so good with describing and guessing! What took us 3 to 4 days in the first couple of rounds is done in one day now, a significant improvement!

    Meantime, I encourage everybody to do yourselves a favor and sniff this marvel of a scent -- I get cola, honey and chocolate too and the full bottle has been on my wishlist for over a year now!

    Thanks for keeping us on the toes! Is B going to be a breeze then?

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Since I work around X-rays, I wear a heavy lead apron at work ... Sometimes, wearing that apron can do interesting things to scents, it tends to keep the fragrance warm and close to the skin until the apron is removed, and then it is released with a vengence! I had my apron on this morning for a few hours, and when I took it off, the Botrytis took a very sweet turn and little whiffs of honey and what I think was jasmine kept swirling around my nose.

    And in hindsight, it probably did smell more like hazelnuts rather than almonds. Isn't there a hazelnut liqueur?

    I didn't know this one, but I did a little snooping around after reading the clues
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Quote Originally Posted by shadesofbleu View Post

    And in hindsight, it probably did smell more like hazelnuts rather than almonds. Isn't there a hazelnut liqueur?
    Yeah - Frangelico.
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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    congrats sounds yummy!

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    Default Re: Yet another 3X3 Blind Sniffing Round-The Unabashed Gourmand Experience!

    Quote Originally Posted by kanutta View Post
    Ok, I'll start then with sample A.

    The juice is pale yellow, reminds me of a glass of Chardonnay.
    A connoisseur of wine would perhaps describe the color as "straw yellow"......
    This line helped me - along with knowing that the line has only 3 "wine-themed" scents.

    And, thankfully, this is one I've sampled. Probably won't have a clue about the other 2......

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