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    Default Andy Tauer's new Unnamed Vetiver: 1st Impression

    I was lucky enough to win one of the samples of Andy Tauer's as yet unnamed vetiver scent, and it arrived today.

    The card that was included lists the notes as: grapefruit, black pepper, green clary sage leaves, brilliant lily of the valley, dark vetiver from Java, crisp cedar wood, soft ambergris with of cistus and tonka beans.

    My first impression is of the same smokey note you find in Lonestar Memories, though more subtle and with a prickly green aura. The smoke remains through the dry-down, with some sweetness flitting in and out, and it is an elegant, beautiful scent.

    This is a great counterpoint to Guerlain's Vetiver (though I cannot compare it to any of the other vetivers that are favourites on Basenotes).

    I am looking forward to wearing this more often and getting to know it better - I am also really looking forward to the impressions of other Basenoters.

    I suspect this may be a full bottle purchase...although there is no mention of a release date, never mind a name.

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    Lonestar Memories, Incense Rose, Incense Extreme & L'Air du Desert Marocain seem to all dry down to a certain Tauer-ade likeness in the base. It would be interesting to know if this Vetiver moves in a similar direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanAlways View Post

    I suspect this may be a full bottle purchase...although there is no mention of a release date, never mind a name.
    His blog gives a date of October 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanAlways View Post
    I was lucky enough to win one of the samples of Andy Tauer's as yet unnamed vetiver scent, and it arrived today.
    Talk about great customer service. I emailed Mr. Tauer last Friday for a sample and here is his reply:

    "Indeed, you are very late. But I love your interest in my work.
    I prepared 100 envelops and they are all gone. Then I had plan B and made beforehand an extra of 10 for the late bloomers. They are all gone , too. And then I have plan C. Meaning, I make a little bit more of the fragrance than I needed for this 3 year blogging thing and I printed some extra cards.Thus, we engage in plan C, for you. I poured it, glued it and will send it off in 2 hours. If you get it and have questions about: Just ask. I am at your disposal.
    Fragrant greetings to you.
    Best
    Andy"

    Can't wait to smell it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Talk about great customer service. I emailed Mr. Tauer last Friday for a sample and here is his reply:

    "Indeed, you are very late. But I love your interest in my work.
    I prepared 100 envelops and they are all gone. Then I had plan B and made beforehand an extra of 10 for the late bloomers. They are all gone , too. And then I have plan C. Meaning, I make a little bit more of the fragrance than I needed for this 3 year blogging thing and I printed some extra cards.Thus, we engage in plan C, for you. I poured it, glued it and will send it off in 2 hours. If you get it and have questions about: Just ask. I am at your disposal.
    Fragrant greetings to you.
    Best
    Andy"

    Can't wait to smell it!

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    Andy's a very cool guy. That's why I sometimes feel bad for not being able to admire his more recent releases. Although I'm waiting in hope for something new by him to blow me away, I'm afraid I can only wait so long...

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    I have a similar story, regarding Mr. Tauer, and his kindness.So as a result I also have a sample in the mail.I own,three of his fragrances, and one of his works Orris, may break into my top 5 list.I'm hopeing his Vetiver offering is equally as well blended.So, it would seem that he is concerned about the people that form his customer base.Refreshing in this day, and age,when some couldn't care less about customer service.
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    This is perhaps my most anticipated scent of the year. Couple Andy's kind heart and talent with my love for all things vetiver and....I am excited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Talk about great customer service. I emailed Mr. Tauer last Friday for a sample and here is his reply:

    "Indeed, you are very late. But I love your interest in my work.
    I prepared 100 envelops and they are all gone. Then I had plan B and made beforehand an extra of 10 for the late bloomers. They are all gone , too. And then I have plan C. Meaning, I make a little bit more of the fragrance than I needed for this 3 year blogging thing and I printed some extra cards.Thus, we engage in plan C, for you. I poured it, glued it and will send it off in 2 hours. If you get it and have questions about: Just ask. I am at your disposal.
    Fragrant greetings to you.
    Best
    Andy"

    Can't wait to smell it!
    What a class act. If only some of the major houses were so responsive and in touch with their clientele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    This is perhaps my most anticipated scent of the year. Couple Andy's kind heart and talent with my love for all things vetiver and....I am excited.
    I am really looking forward to this also!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Talk about great customer service. I emailed Mr. Tauer last Friday for a sample and here is his reply:

    "Indeed, you are very late. But I love your interest in my work.
    I prepared 100 envelops and they are all gone. Then I had plan B and made beforehand an extra of 10 for the late bloomers. They are all gone , too. And then I have plan C. Meaning, I make a little bit more of the fragrance than I needed for this 3 year blogging thing and I printed some extra cards.Thus, we engage in plan C, for you. I poured it, glued it and will send it off in 2 hours. If you get it and have questions about: Just ask. I am at your disposal.
    Fragrant greetings to you.
    Best
    Andy"

    Can't wait to smell it!
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    Yeah, a really interesting and generous person with his time and perfume and postage. I like the blog both for what he has to say about frags and for his reflections on work: the ways in the which he takes on the utterly mundane business of gluing labels and filling boxes much in the same spirit as the actual composition. Seems to hold out hope for some kind of unity of the daily with the extraordinary. Love Andy's whole enterprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanAlways View Post
    I was lucky enough to win one of the samples of Andy Tauer's as yet unnamed vetiver scent, and it arrived today.

    The card that was included lists the notes as: grapefruit, black pepper, green clary sage leaves, brilliant lily of the valley, dark vetiver from Java, crisp cedar wood, soft ambergris with of cistus and tonka beans.

    My first impression is of the same smokey note you find in Lonestar Memories, though more subtle and with a prickly green aura. The smoke remains through the dry-down, with some sweetness flitting in and out, and it is an elegant, beautiful scent.

    This is a great counterpoint to Guerlain's Vetiver (though I cannot compare it to any of the other vetivers that are favourites on Basenotes).

    I am looking forward to wearing this more often and getting to know it better - I am also really looking forward to the impressions of other Basenoters.

    I suspect this may be a full bottle purchase...although there is no mention of a release date, never mind a name.
    Was there a dominant vetiver note here? It doesn't sound like the vetiver is a major player. Sounds like an incense fragrance with vetiver among a lot of other things.
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    Default Re: Andy Tauer's new Unnamed Vetiver: 1st Impression

    I smelled this at his appearance at ScentBar (or a version of it) and thought it was just wonderful. I wish I was quick enough to get a sample of it. Oh well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_Frances View Post
    Was there a dominant vetiver note here? It doesn't sound like the vetiver is a major player. Sounds like an incense fragrance with vetiver among a lot of other things.
    That's the funny thing. It is and it is not. You smell vetiver clearly from the beginning and than it goes to the background and the clary sage-lily of the valley accord takes the lead. Sometimes it looks like there is no vetiver in it, but the next second you smell it again. It becomes stronger again and reminds you it's still a vetiver fragrance. A kind of switching play...

    This is the major difference with "uninterrupted" vetiver fragrances like the one from Guerlain, Sycomore, Encre Noire etc. The dark inky vetiver of Andy's has some resemblance with vetiver of Encre Noire. But the clary sage-lily of the valley accord makes it very uniqe - this accord is as strong and prominent as the vetiver itself.
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    Today I am wearing Tauers new Vetiver. Here's my initial impression...

    Its really very astonishing... extremely unisex... my wife and I are both wearing it and singing its praises!
    There is a delicious softness in the opening, but vetiver is also very "present"... there is a beautiful dustiness (cedar) beneath, and the light florals/greens are beautifully juxtaposed against a soft, creamy tonka heart. I wouldn't say I could liken it to any one specific Tauer release... but there is a very distinctive "red thread" running through this, and his other creations.
    There's no incense here (at least, to my nose) as suggested by another user above.

    This is a fantastic addition to Tauer's portfolio. Absolutely top notch!
    I will write a full review later, and post it in my blog.
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    I've put my review in a new thread and later found this one has already begun. Well - let's keep everything in one place. I place it here:

    The perfume opens with a bitter sweet citrus freshness of grapefruit supported by a spiciness of clary sage. And than from the depth of the fragrance comes vetiver. It spills like a pot of black ink filling everything with dark, slightly smokey, earthy and herbaceous aroma. The bitter sweetness of coumarin from Tonka beans supports and emphasizes the aromatic medicinal part of vetiver from one side and from another side it re-echoes with a bitter sweetness of a grapefruit note. White floral and slightly spicy accord of clary sage and lily of the valley jingles above dark vetiver-coumarine ravine. Although the vetiver note is very prominent and present at the background I am not sure if it’s a vetiver fragrance – a very beautiful clary sage accord of this perfume takes a lead on my skin at some moments making the vetiver just to follow and support at the background. At another moments it surrenders to vetiver becoming just a soft part of it. The play between the Clary sage-Lily of the Valley accord and Vetiver is like a dance.

    I have put some more information about the colours and imaginary association with this perfume on my blog - here

    UPDATE: Andy told about the pepper explosion at the beginning. I couldn't recognize it at the first sniff (may be hidden behind the bitterness of grapefruit or what I describe as spiciness of clary sage) - I shall try it again...

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    As promised a little earlier, I have just added a slightly more expanded review of Tauer's "Vetiver Dance" to my blog. Please visit the link in my siggy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Today I am wearing Tauers new Vetiver. Here's my initial impression...

    Its really very astonishing... extremely unisex... my wife and I are both wearing it and singing its praises!
    There is a delicious softness in the opening, but vetiver is also very "present"... there is a beautiful dustiness (cedar) beneath, and the light florals/greens are beautifully juxtaposed against a soft, creamy tonka heart. I wouldn't say I could liken it to any one specific Tauer release... but there is a very distinctive "red thread" running through this, and his other creations.
    There's no incense here (at least, to my nose) as suggested by another user above.

    This is a fantastic addition to Tauer's portfolio. Absolutely top notch!
    I will write a full review later, and post it in my blog.

    I was also lucky enough to get one of the samples, and Ihave to agree, this is really a winner in my book and as soon as I can preorder I will!...The vetiver is present throughout the composition, but I would say it is part of the ensemble and not necessarily the star. To me, it is an impressionistic veitver rather than a realistic one.

    I've only worn it once, but can't wait to wear it again.

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    Default Re: Andy Tauer's new Unnamed Vetiver: 1st Impression

    I wish somebody tells him to start making 100ml bottles as well. Lonestar Memories is probably one of the best scents I have smelled in the past couple of years or so. This vetiver one definitely sounds very intriguing.
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    Default Re: Andy Tauer's new Unnamed Vetiver: 1st Impression

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    I wouldn't say I could liken it to any one specific Tauer release... but there is a very distinctive "red thread" running through this, and his other creations.
    I know exactly what you're talking about Dimitri.

    I saw 'red' when I tested Orris, Incense Extreme and Incense Rose also. It kind of reminds me of the smell of a crushed flower stamen (you know, like lillies have). Maybe it's the iris (orris)?
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    I guess the rest of us fall under plan D for the October release. What a gracious and wise business man is Andy. I'm just starting to get into his line and like it alot so far. Dimitri's review of L'air du Desert Marocain piqued my interest so that I think that I'm gonna be in for a bottle soon after purchasing a decant. Congrats to those who fell under Plans A through C. Lucky dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Talk about great customer service. I emailed Mr. Tauer last Friday for a sample and here is his reply:

    "Indeed, you are very late. But I love your interest in my work.
    I prepared 100 envelops and they are all gone. Then I had plan B and made beforehand an extra of 10 for the late bloomers. They are all gone , too. And then I have plan C. Meaning, I make a little bit more of the fragrance than I needed for this 3 year blogging thing and I printed some extra cards.Thus, we engage in plan C, for you. I poured it, glued it and will send it off in 2 hours. If you get it and have questions about: Just ask. I am at your disposal.
    Fragrant greetings to you.
    Best
    Andy"

    Can't wait to smell it!
    Update - To my pleasant surprise, Mr. Tauer actually sent me a 2.5ml glass sample. Received in a well protected cardboard envelope with a letter ....all for less than a week from Switzerland!
    Agree with what others have said in the previous posts. It is a different take on Vetiver. It is unlike many of the other vetiver scents which starts with a citrusy opening. Vetiver takes a back seat and intermingles with the rest of the notes. It is not loud. However, I did get a strong medicinal/earthy type of smell on the top note for about 5 minutes, perhaps just to my nose. The scent wears close to the skin and lasts quite a long time on me. .
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    I received my sample yesterday as well.

    I have to say that after wearing it last night, that it is not working for me. Maybe it is the Lily of the Valley or Clary sage, I am not sure at this point. I didn't care for the drydown either. This morning I smelled my wrists and it smelled like a sweaty bottom on me. I want to like this one really bad. I will continue to try it, but the first impression is that I wanted more earthy vetiver. I got more sweetness and floral than I wanted and a sweaty bottom smell at the end.

    Hopefully my nose will do a 180 at some point. I am in the extreme minority at this point so maybe my nose is sucking big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    I received my sample yesterday as well.

    I have to say that after wearing it last night, that it is not working for me. Maybe it is the Lily of the Valley or Clary sage, I am not sure at this point. I didn't care for the drydown either. This morning I smelled my wrists and it smelled like a sweaty bottom on me. I want to like this one really bad. I will continue to try it, but the first impression is that I wanted more earthy vetiver. I got more sweetness and floral than I wanted and a sweaty bottom smell at the end.

    Hopefully my nose will do a 180 at some point. I am in the extreme minority at this point so maybe my nose is sucking big time.
    You think I would like it? L'Air is so totally unlike anything that I hvae laid my nose on (well, the burnt rubber note of Bulgari Black qualifies). that I would want to try this. I have had problems with Vetiver in the past. Either too soapy - Creed Original Vetiver - or too earthy - the Guerlain Vetiver that Mando Christo gifted me about 4 or 5 years ago was like raw damp earth. Vetiver Extraordinaire was okay, but the chocolate predominated. Id be interested in revisiting this, as Tauer seems like the guy who has a vision, and does not want to come out with say 16 scents all at once, but to get the one scent right. That is why I have not tried Tom Ford, because one day, he is designing clothes, the next day, there are like 15 scents under his name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finsfan View Post
    You think I would like it? L'Air is so totally unlike anything that I hvae laid my nose on (well, the burnt rubber note of Bulgari Black qualifies). that I would want to try this. I have had problems with Vetiver in the past. Either too soapy - Creed Original Vetiver - or too earthy - the Guerlain Vetiver that Mando Christo gifted me about 4 or 5 years ago was like raw damp earth. Vetiver Extraordinaire was okay, but the chocolate predominated. Id be interested in revisiting this, as Tauer seems like the guy who has a vision, and does not want to come out with say 16 scents all at once, but to get the one scent right. That is why I have not tried Tom Ford, because one day, he is designing clothes, the next day, there are like 15 scents under his name.
    You are more than welcome to try it finsfan. I have the sample. Let me know...my gut feeling is that it is not your cup of tea though.

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    Well, Jock, after you have finished it, if there is enough to put on the wrist, yeah, some day Id like to stop by and try it out. But no rush, and if you use it up, no biggie. Despite not wanting to accumulate bottles, I have gotten Tangerine Verte, Scent Intense and now Piper Nigrum (love it, but got the smaller size).

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    Quote Originally Posted by finsfan View Post
    ....Despite not wanting to accumulate bottles, I have gotten Tangerine Verte, Scent Intense and now Piper Nigrum...
    Ah... it begins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    I received my sample yesterday as well.

    I have to say that after wearing it last night, that it is not working for me. Maybe it is the Lily of the Valley or Clary sage, I am not sure at this point.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    I will continue to try it, but the first impression is that I wanted more earthy vetiver. I got more sweetness and floral than I wanted and a sweaty bottom smell at the end.
    I think that anticipation of a dark earthy slightly mossy and woody vetiver is what may cause disappointment. It's not a vetiver as expected and learned from "classic Vetiver" fragrances. It was difficult for me too to abstract from the idea of expected Vetiver fragrance and accept the Vetiver Dance as it was - a fragrance where Vetiver is a major, but not the only leading component.

    Another problem point may be caused by Clary Sage - it gives a sophisticated twist to the whole fragrance. But it's a tough one - flowery from one side, but medicinal herbal from another. It's pretty good tamed by Andy, but still can turn too medicinal on someone's skin.

    In your particular case it looks like floral Lily of the valley - Clary Sage accord is more prominent than expected and dominates the Vetiver note. I think here is not much to do about. Except - try this perfume again as NOT-vetiver fragrance - just a kind of new perfume you don't know anything about - no expectations, no prejudices - just total nirvana ;-)

    I am surprised about dry out on your skin - sweet? I defenitely had a dry out very similar to L'air du desert marocain... I hope you'll get something similar too on your skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AromaX View Post
    I think that anticipation of a dark earthy slightly mossy and woody vetiver is what may cause disappointment. It's not a vetiver as expected and learned from "classic Vetiver" fragrances. It was difficult for me too to abstract from the idea of expected Vetiver fragrance and accept the Vetiver Dance as it was - a fragrance where Vetiver is a major, but not the only leading component.

    Another problem point may be caused by Clary Sage - it gives a sophisticated twist to the whole fragrance. But it's a tough one - flowery from one side, but medicinal herbal from another. It's pretty good tamed by Andy, but still can turn too medicinal on someone's skin.

    In your particular case it looks like floral Lily of the valley - Clary Sage accord is more prominent than expected and dominates the Vetiver note. I think here is not much to do about. Except - try this perfume again as NOT-vetiver fragrance - just a kind of new perfume you don't know anything about - no expectations, no prejudices - just total nirvana ;-)

    I am surprised about dry out on your skin - sweet? I defenitely had a dry out very similar to L'air du desert marocain... I hope you'll get something similar too on your skin.
    I think you are correct on all counts. I should try to wear it next as just a new frag and not thinking of preconceived notions or expectations. The drydown hit me like it had myhrre. Myhrre seems to give me that arse note more often than not, but there is no myhrre listed. Thanks for the insight. I am not giving up on it for sure....
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