Ugh. Can Mugler do something else besides patchouli? It's getting tedious.
Tell Hugo, he isnt boss anymore.
Yes the bottle looks too much like B*Men, can't they make it more distinct?
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1. Creed Aventus
2. A*Men Pure Malt
3. L'instant Extreme
4. Nasomatto Duro
5. CDG - Kyoto
Just sampled this at Macys. Very nice...I agree with Azsmells...toned down...more mature..more dry with cedar maybe. Definitely bottle worthy.
I really want a bottle! Sounds awesome and I really like those bottles. I was a bit tempted in getting a backup bottle of B*Men but should save some room for Malt and Pure Coffee! I hope I can get a bottle during the cold seasons.
I got mine at Nordstrom today.
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There was only one bottle still available in Houston's Nordstrom. I assume these are flying off the shelves. There wasn't a tester available, so I had to buy it blind. As with most Mugler scents, the proof lies in the pudding (pudding being drydown).
Tried it today, almost bought it, but am glad that I didn't. Its initial burst smelled like the other variations, but within 10 minutes, a real strong whiskey note comes on, not unlike the one found in D'Orsay's Le Dandy. If it were to have stayed like this, I think it would have been a purchase. Unfortunately, 50 or so minutes later, it smells like the same patchouli-heavy dry-down as the others. Ultimately, for me, the heart notes were nice... but the rest of it didn't separate itself, nor last long enough, for me to want to buy it.
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[quote=Thebark;1510770]Unfortunately, 50 or so minutes later, it smells like the same patchouli-heavy dry-down as the others. [\quote]
It doesn't smell to be as patchouli heavy as, lets say ICE*Men. Nevertheless, drydown is what I really like about Pure Malt (or most other Mugler fragrances for that matter). I wish some of the niche that sell for triple or quadruple the price would put half as much effort into drydowns (patchouli heavy or not).
Goodness, I've a feeling that many basenoters here are responsible for Amen Pure Malt 'flying off the shelves' in most department stores! This was so much talked about even before its official release.
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I'm still waiting for this to come out in the UK, Ive been keeping an eye out but nothing is showing up in the department stores
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The flask is better looking than in the photos. In the photos, the star looks reddish-- like B*Men. In reality, the star is a golden yellow.
Having tested this for a day, it's really quite different from A*Men. It's not so loud and it doesn't suck the air out of a room. I'm thinking it might show a lot more dynamics when exposed to body heat. Funny thing on the side... I don't really get the famous "tar" note this time, yet something about Pure Malt reminds me of Comme des Garçons Synthetic Series; Tar, so maybe it IS there!
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Plastic star on the Pure Coffee? Mine feels like metal! (a gold star, right??)
If Pure Malt has anything like the drydown of Pure Coffee then I'm sold already. I am thoroughly hooked on PC, and have bought enough to last me a year. I would buy more, but I don't know how long an unopened botlle will keep for before losing it's magic. I havent found anything like PC's drydown anywhere.
Looking forward to trying PM. PC could have been called Pure Havana, because I can smell tobacco in the mix. Cigars and whisky, now that would be an interesting combo.
I spoke with a Mugler Rep today and spoke my rant on why the body products are being discontinued in the USA. She said that Angel Men is lacking sales greatly - the parent company is hoping that the name change to A*Men will help and these flankers will draw in potential customers to the brand.
She also said to look for more A*Men limited editions in the future. Th next is a version to be based on vodka. Personally I think Mugler Perfumes should let the whole A*Men thing go and move into the direction of launching a totally new men's scent - they are killing this fragrance to death and watering down the original concept with all these flanker...
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After some contemplating I bought the last bottle in the valley this afternoon. The first Nordstrom I visited sold out their stock in the first week or it's release. Fortunately for me, they had a tester behind the counter and I got to test it out. Immediately I knew I was going to love it. I already own A*Men and B*Men and like them on rare occasions, but think the Pure Malt will be worn in a top 5 rotation. I love it that much.
From Nordstrom I called Scottsdale location who also said they are sold out. Luckily Neimans had one bottle left and I snagged it. They don't expect another shipment anytime soon.
Supposedly it did so well in sales that Mugler might release it as a regular seller.
My impression of this magnificent scent. It's truly marvelous. What a impressive piece of work Mugler did with this one. It has similar characteristics of A*Men minus all the things I didn't like about it.
The opening is heavy whiskey and vanilla. It really projects on my skin for the first hour and then starts to dry down to a deep gourmand like A*men minus the tar note. It's really something!
Pure Malt won't project like A*Men, but it's bold enough to be smelt in waves of time. When you think it's gone it appears from no where and makes itself heard. Patrick from Notes on a fragrance (youtube) does a fantastic review on Pure Malt that I concur with 100%
Over all, I am completely thrilled about Pure Malt and would love to see this available as a regular seller. For $70, 3.4 oz, it's a steal.
For someone looking for a bold choice, yet more tolerable than A*Men, you have GOT to try this. Don't be fooled by letting someone try to sell you this on a scent strip, you'll be disappointed. It MUST be worn on the skin and given a far enough amount of time to be given a true review. Sadly, A*men has left a somewhat bad impression on many for it's few annoying notes that I can't this would be a wise blind buy. But if I bought this one blind, I am happy to say I would be blown away with my risky decision.
I haven't smelt Pure Coffee, so I can't say I smell a resemblance. Perhaps I will like it if it's similar to Pure Malt.
The Angel/A*Men thing was way bigger than the originals. It's a huge piece of perfume-space that has the Mugler flag flying all over it. I suspect that there are a couple more flankers out there somewhere that will rival even these ones. I agree with Tania Sanchez that you can't do anything in that space that doesn't ape the originals, but - to borrow the phrase from Memento - they do it so well. There almost has to be a variant that you're going to like. I thought I would never wear A*men. Wrong.
The first day I wore the Pure Malt I could smell the opening whiskey for a good hour which I LOVE. But not so much the second time. The second time it started off closer to A*men and dried down to A*men. I'm starting to notice a stronger resemblance.
Either way, the Pure Malt has real depth and will cut through in choice weather. I hope it's eventually released as a regular.