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    Default NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    I just saw this new fragrance on the Imaginary Authors website. Apparently Josh has been sending out samples with other purchases, but it's not yet available for purchase. Has anybody smelled it? As a Louisville, KY resident, I'm really curious about a Mint Julep fragrance. Will it smell like mint and bourbon? Will there be saddle leather and animalic horse notes? We'll see.

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    Default Re: NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    Appreciate the info on this newest release.
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    Default Re: NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    Here's the note list from Josh:

    Sweet Mint
    Tangerine
    Southern Magnolia
    Bourbon
    Grisalva
    Sugarcube
    Crushed Ice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    Here's the note list from Josh:

    Sweet Mint
    Tangerine
    Southern Magnolia
    Bourbon
    Grisalva
    Sugarcube
    Crushed Ice
    Well, the note list certainly makes my prediction sound accurate! I guess the grisalva might suggest a horse-like note. I've never smelled it. The tangerine is a bit of a surprise. I'm looking forward to smelling it and to hearing what others think.

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    Default Re: NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    Here's the note list from Josh:


    Crushed Ice
    Crushed ice has a smell?

    If there's no leather in this, they missed a big opportunity.

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    Default Re: NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    I just bought something from Imaginary Authors! I'm going to go and check to see if there is a sample of this included...

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    Default Re: NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    From the Perfumer's Apprentice website:
    Grisalva
    Base note.
    Animal, Ambergris, Leather
    The character of ambergris captured in a single chemical of remarkable strength. Diffusive and long lasting easier to use than ambroxan.

    Interesting.

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    Sounds great!
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    Sounds interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thediamondsea View Post
    From the Perfumer's Apprentice website:
    Grisalva
    Base note.
    Animal, Ambergris, Leather
    The character of ambergris captured in a single chemical of remarkable strength. Diffusive and long lasting easier to use than ambroxan.

    Interesting.
    This sent me off on a wild goosechase to figure out what in the heck Grisalva actually is. Half the chemical structures out there are wrong or misleading, showing the starting materials or a rearrangement isomer instead of the proper, central aromachemical. IFF themselves settled the matter.

    http://www.iff.com/smell/online-compendium#grisalva

    Basically, Grisalva is to ambrox, what ethylvanillin is to vanillin. A powerful sidechain homolog of the central component of ambergris, produced by a rather ingenious cyclization reaction. It has an ethyl group where a methyl normally resides, and they leave it as a reaction mixture, which presumably adds further desirable complexity. All in all, the nature-mimetic work of fragrance chemistry at its best. Impressive!
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    The notes make me sound like it'd be along the lines of Guerlain Homme. Has anyone smelled this yet?
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    Patiently waiting for someone to post a review of this...I'm uber-interested
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Patiently waiting for someone to post a review of this...I'm uber-interested
    I'm dying to try it too, I have a sample somewhere but can't find it...clearly a sign I have too many samples. I bought the 8-pack of samples months ago from the IA website and didn't list any choices, so they give you random picks. Saint Julep was included, which piqued my interest considering at that point they had zero info on the website about it. Now I can't find the entire sample set

    For what it's worth, they no longer list Yesterday Haze on the website, so there might be plans to disco that and replace it with Saint Julep.

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    Oh I hate it when I lose samples too Iso...good luck
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    I found my sample, and I'm actually wearing it right now. I apologize that I don't have the best nose, but here are my first impressions...

    It opens with a sweet mint with a little hint of oak/woods. It is sweet, very sweet. While the mint is there, it is not the star player. It is the sugar, which is a powdered confectioner's sugar. The mint is NOT bracing or mentholated. It's natural, but not quite herbal. It's funny because while this does not smell like gum, it does remind me of Orbit's Sweet Mint flavor. The bourbon is not boozy, but rather take the woodsy oaky notes of an Irish Whiskey and leave out the alcohol, and that's what you get. I'm sure there are other notes (maybe some sort of citrus or flowers), but I don't get any of them from the half squirt I sprayed from my sample.

    The projection is not very big with this one. It sits pretty close to the skin, which is a bit of a downfall. It is not a beast like many of the others from Imaginary Authors, but it fits in nicely with the rest of the line. To be honest, I love pretty much everything from them, so I will probably end up with a full bottle (my birthday is coming up, and this might just go to the top of my wishlist ).However, I need a little more time with it. I'll probably wear my sample tomorrow so I can have a better idea of where it goes and what I think.

    Boozy fragrances are my favorite, and Bourbon is one of my favorite spirits. My uncle and a few cousins live in Kentucky, so while I'm by no means an expert, I've had my fair share of mint juleps. This is not a photo-realistic depiction of a cocktail, but it's a nice blend of notes. Now that I've worn it for about 30-45 minutes, I do see the woods and other notes coming out. I just with it was maybe a little less sweet and had better projection. I don't think longevity is going to be a problem.

    I hope this helps!
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    Default Re: NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAntagonist View Post
    The notes make me sound like it'd be along the lines of Guerlain Homme. Has anyone smelled this yet?
    Yes...Guerlain Homme is a good comparison! What that does to a mojito, this does to a julep. I'm basing it on the EDT (I've never smelled Guerlained Homme Intense).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRM85282 View Post
    I found my sample, and I'm actually wearing it right now. I apologize that I don't have the best nose, but here are my first impressions...

    It opens with a sweet mint with a little hint of oak/woods. It is sweet, very sweet. While the mint is there, it is not the star player. It is the sugar, which is a powdered confectioner's sugar. The mint is bracing or mentholated. It's natural, but not quite herbal. It's funny because while this does not smell like gum, it does remind me of Orbit's Sweet Mint flavor. The bourbon is not boozy, but rather take the woodsy oaky notes of an Irish Whiskey and leave out the alcohol, and that's what you get. I'm sure there are other notes (maybe some sort of citrus or flowers), but I don't get any of them from the half squirt I sprayed from my sample.

    The projection is not very big with this one. It sits pretty close to the skin, which is a bit of a downfall. It is not a beast like many of the others from Imaginary Authors, but it fits in nicely with the rest of the line. To be honest, I love pretty much everything from them, so I will probably end up with a full bottle (my birthday is coming up, and this might just go to the top of my wishlist ).However, I need a little more time with it. I'll probably wear my sample tomorrow so I can have a better idea of where it goes and what I think.

    Boozy fragrances are my favorite, and Bourbon is one of my favorite spirits. My uncle and a few cousins live in Kentucky, so while I'm by no means an expert, I've had my fair share of mint juleps. This is not a photo-realistic depiction of a cocktail, but it's a nice blend of notes. Now that I've worn it for about 30-45 minutes, I do see the woods and other notes coming out. I just with it was maybe a little less sweet and had better projection. I don't think longevity is going to be a problem.

    I hope this helps!
    Thanks for the nice write-up. This sounds like it should be sampled at least. I'm going to see if I can get my hands on it!
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    Default Re: NEW Imaginary Authors - Saint Julep

    I went in expecting a mint julep smell but I really got more sugar than mint, almost like a light cotton candy to my nose and really didn't pick up boozy accords. It's nice but too sweet for me. I gave the sample to my daughter though and she loved it so I'll probably get it for her.

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    I love the smell of powdered confectioners sugar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Oh I hate it when I lose samples too Iso...good luck
    Found it! It was, no joke, in between my couch cushions. Not Saint Julep, but the entire novel-sized sample set ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Wearing it this afternoon. First impressions, I like it more than I expected to. Far less sweet than I imagined from the pyramid and other comments. It actually smells very similar (DNA-wise) to something else I've tried in the past few months...but what exactly escapes me, it is driving me nuts. Will report back if (hopefully when) I think of what it is and it has had a few hours to do its thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsoESuperman View Post
    It actually smells very similar (DNA-wise) to something else I've tried in the past few months...but what exactly escapes me, it is driving me nuts. Will report back if (hopefully when) I think of what it is and it has had a few hours to do its thing.
    Figured it out, but not a very helpful reference as it is on the obscure side: Anabasis - Apoteker Tepe, from the even smaller US indie house, which I also really like.

    Uses the same kind of mellow, watery fresh mint note, a citrus top, and a deftly made woody/white musk backbone that does a good job of holding it together without being too obvious. Saint Julep is without the shiso, light smokiness (birch is listed), and more pronounced coniferous/cedar notes of Anabasis, and is most definitely sweeter (whereas Anabasis is nearly devoid of sweet, save the citrus, if that counts). All in all, fairly different fragrances, but I'd be willing to bet they share a mint AC or similar accord in common. What I don't smell in Saint Julep is bourbon, but I was admittedly spending more time trying to think of what it reminded me of than intently sniffing it.

    Overall, I do like it. I'm pretty averse to what I consider "too sweet" and this didn't get near that threshold for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRM85282 View Post
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    Boozy fragrances are my favorite, and Bourbon is one of my favorite spirits. My uncle and a few cousins live in Kentucky, so while I'm by no means an expert, I've had my fair share of mint juleps. This is not a photo-realistic depiction of a cocktail, but it's a nice blend of notes. Now that I've worn it for about 30-45 minutes, I do see the woods and other notes coming out. I just with it was maybe a little less sweet and had better projection. I don't think longevity is going to be a problem.

    I hope this helps!
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