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    Default Thoughts on Black Tea by Murdock

    Im trying to track down this scent and believe i can get it quite close to home in the Northern wasteslands i live in - Edinburgh - but wondered if anyone had tried it and their thoughts. And as a cologne does it have any staying power?
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    I've tried a few of their scents on my hand and some definitely were quite strong and long lasting. I can't remember black tea though.

    But I thought I'd help you out with tracking it down. Some of the larger John Lewis stores carry the Murdock line. I've seen them in Nottingham store for example. You can of course order online from John Lewis or Liberty in London or even Murdock directly.

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    I have a full bottle of this which I purchased online from John Lewis and I love this juice. The following is my review which encapsulates how I feel about the scent:

    It opens with a fresh soft spicyness with clove, basil and nutmeg and smells really good. This is followed by a really wonderful black tea note that makes the scent a bit refreshing. As time moves forward you get some leather mixing in with the masculine spice followed by a musky woodyness. The scent has arm length projection and starts to quiten down after four hours then becoming a skin scent by hour five which is not bad for a cologne as some EDT's have the same longevity.

    The fragrance is of a high quality and the way the leather and spice mix together is good and I'm especially impressed with the strong black tea note which adds a extra dimension to the leather and spice. It is very masculine and a good modern barbershop cologne showing how the barbershop cologne has evolved compared to Trumpers, Floris scents etc.

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    Thanks to you both. John Lewis and the ever wonderful Jenners of Edinburgh would appear to have it and thanks Jack for the review. Just makes me want to seek it out faster. Glad to hear it has staying powertoo. Ill come back with my thoughts when i find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyreekie View Post
    Thanks to you both. John Lewis and the ever wonderful Jenners of Edinburgh would appear to have it and thanks Jack for the review. Just makes me want to seek it out faster. Glad to hear it has staying powertoo. Ill come back with my thoughts when i find it.
    You'll probably be able to test it in-store in John Lewis, before buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDD8 View Post
    You'll probably be able to test it in-store in John Lewis, before buying it.
    Yes i certainly wont doing a blind buy on this one. Ill try it and see if i like it after the storm tries to blast it away for a few hours!
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    its available in harvey nichols in edinburgh. u will find it in the mens clothing section.
    anyone else gets below average performance with this one?

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    Default Re: Thoughts on Black Tea by Murdock

    We can't get it here in the US, but I recently got a nice 10ml decant in a swap with another BN member. Lovely fragrance, very low-key, personal scent really, beautifully rendered. But yes, longevity is not the greatest on this one, maybe 4 hours or so. If you like it, it's probably a good idea to have a small atomizer on you and refresh mid-day to keep the Black Tea notes going - totally worth it, despite the relatively short longevity.

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    It's a really nice scent but it just doesn't last on my skin - it's a real shame as I find myself often reaching for the bottle but deciding against it based on nothing other than longevity

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    It last's longer if applied to your clothing. I usually spray a few shots to my chest and the scent sticks to my shirt and this improves the longevity for me.

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    i sprayed it 10 hours ago on my skin. i can still smell it slightly but i think the projection is not good

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    Quote Originally Posted by joov84 View Post
    i sprayed it 10 hours ago on my skin. i can still smell it slightly but i think the projection is not good
    Agreed. Scent is great but projection wise, 2/10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonghpafu View Post
    Agreed. Scent is great but projection wise, 2/10.
    That's disappointing, was about to blind buy this from amazon. I'll just hold out and save up for The Noir 29.
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    I wouldn't let the opinions of a few outweigh the opinions of many.

    This was a 5 year old thread that someone brought back to life. I'd pay more attention to your thread.

    I wouldn't blind buy, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khuss21 View Post
    That's disappointing, was about to blind buy this from amazon. I'll just hold out and save up for The Noir 29.
    Thé Noir 29 is a much better fragrance (I finally bought a bottle yesterday "for my wife.") I was sent the whole Murdock line when they launched. I wasn't very impressed with any of it. Very basic compositions with little to make them stand out from the competition. The products are about as interesting as the packaging looks; Pleasant, but much, much better available elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    I wouldn't let the opinions of a few outweigh the opinions of many.

    This was a 5 year old thread that someone brought back to life. I'd pay more attention to your thread.

    I wouldn't blind buy, however.
    Been looking at the usual places for any splits/decants/ samples and no luck thus far unfortunately. Could you point me in the right direction?
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    Still need to try this one.
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    I was getting quite excited about this one based on various reviews. Not sure i'll bother if the performance is that bad!!
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    I thought I'd chime in as I'm baffled by the reports of poor performance for Black Tea. I found this to project very well and last at least past the 6 hour mark.

    I actually bought mine online from Lookfantastic, which is an online beauty outlet who have discount codes from week to week (Murdock is a little expensive, so that saving was welcome). They also have a few Czech & Speake, Amouage, and Aramis scents too.
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    If you find it's performance to be lacking go ahead and overspray, it's a pleasure! The smell of a shirt after Black Tea has been on it for several hours is heavenly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyToAssemble View Post
    I thought I'd chime in as I'm baffled by the reports of poor performance for Black Tea. I found this to project very well and last at least past the 6 hour mark.
    That's my experience as well. I bought mine on strawberrynet a few years ago and it's quite strong. I tend to wear 3 sprays and it lasts around 8 hours. I sometimes up it to 4 sprays in winter.
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    I wore this out last night with a few friends. I felt I needed to spray the front of my sweater as well as I wasn't thinking there was a ton of projection. This is one of the ones I must have had olfactory fatigue with...as where I wasn't smelling it the people around me were. I had two friends ask "is that you?" My reply was "uh-oh, that bad?" They were like "NO, it's not bad, smells kind of good actually>"

    This was my first full wear and I like it, but I personally don't smell it that strongly. Just went and smelled the sweater and I can still smell it. Smells nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man Of The World View Post
    I was getting quite excited about this one based on various reviews. Not sure i'll bother if the performance is that bad!!
    The performance is just fine. I'd say at least average, but better than that for me.

    I don't get many compliments on fragrances, but I will say I received one on Black Tea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    The performance is just fine. I'd say at least average, but better than that for me.

    I don't get many compliments on fragrances, but I will say I received one on Black Tea.
    Thanks for that. What other fragrances out there would you compare it to?? Roughly?
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    Default Re: Thoughts on Black Tea by Murdock

    Roughly....? Hmmm... The only other one that is somewhat similar is Russian Tea by Masque Milano.

    I have to say, I love Black Tea and was able to find a bottle a while back (it was not available outside of UK for the longest time), and despite less than average performance, on me anyway - it's not deterring me from wearing and enjoying it. If it bothers you much - simply re-apply every 3 hours and carry on. It's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Roughly....? Hmmm... The only other one that is somewhat similar is Russian Tea by Masque Milano.

    I have to say, I love Black Tea and was able to find a bottle a while back (it was not available outside of UK for the longest time), and despite less than average performance, on me anyway - it's not deterring me from wearing and enjoying it. If it bothers you much - simply re-apply every 3 hours and carry on. It's worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man Of The World View Post
    Thanks for that. What other fragrances out there would you compare it to?? Roughly?
    I'm going to give you a suggestion that, at first, may seem bizarre: John Varvatos Oud. At first, the two scents are wildly different, but as they evolve on skin, there's a really nice clove/pepper/nutmeg/wood accord that comes together and smells kind of like tea. Both have leather that, in my opinion, adds more to how the scents feel rather than how they smell (I don't get much leather from either, but I do think the leather helps to create an accord that's sort of dark... it's hard to explain, but it's nice). Notice how there is no tea in Murdock's Black Tea? That's not a complaint. The scent comes together to have a tea-like smell. Varvatos Oud does too, but it starts and ends in different places. It's no replacement for Murdock Black Tea, but there's enough similarity between them that I can see someone who enjoys one enjoying the other. Black Tea is cleaner. It has an almost barbershop feel. Varvatos Oud ends with an almost Amouage-like base that really clings to clothes in a good way.

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    I have not smelled anything I would consider similar to Black Tea. Oddly, there are other fragrances out there with listed tea notes that don’t smell anything like a tea fragrance to me (e.g., Gucci Pour Homme II), and then you have the Murdock which doesn’t even have black tea listed as an ingredient, yet it’s one of the strongest smelling tea fragrances I’ve smelled. So you just never know.

    Murdock Black Tea is my favorite tea, simply because it’s so friendly and versatile. It’s one of those fragrances I can’t imagine someone really not at least liking, and I can’t imagine someone finding it offensive in any way. It’s just a classy, safe and gentlemanly scent to me, made in the classic mannerly English way. In that regard, it's like something Floris London could have come out with. The dry down is especially enjoyable.
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    Bought a bottle from PalmBeach before he went MIA. Really like the scent, performance isn't great as been noted.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on Black Tea by Murdock

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    I'm going to give you a suggestion that, at first, may seem bizarre: John Varvatos Oud. At first, the two scents are wildly different, but as they evolve on skin, there's a really nice clove/pepper/nutmeg/wood accord that comes together and smells kind of like tea. Both have leather that, in my opinion, adds more to how the scents feel rather than how they smell (I don't get much leather from either, but I do think the leather helps to create an accord that's sort of dark... it's hard to explain, but it's nice). Notice how there is no tea in Murdock's Black Tea? That's not a complaint. The scent comes together to have a tea-like smell. Varvatos Oud does too, but it starts and ends in different places. It's no replacement for Murdock Black Tea, but there's enough similarity between them that I can see someone who enjoys one enjoying the other. Black Tea is cleaner. It has an almost barbershop feel. Varvatos Oud ends with an almost Amouage-like base that really clings to clothes in a good way.

    Varvatos Oud can be found online for one heck of a bargain.
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