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Duel (2003)
by Annick Goutal


Duel information

Year of Launch2003
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 179 votes)

People and companies

HouseAnnick Goutal
PerfumerIsabelle Doyen
Parent CompanyAmore Pacific
Parent Company at launchTaittinger > Louvre Groupe

About Duel

Duel is a masculine fragrance by Annick Goutal. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Isabelle Doyen

Reviews of Duel

I tried maté in Argentina. It was gross, but the smell was lovely. Duel captures the over-steeped bitterness of the real thing.

Doesn't last long, but a good Eau de Cologne alternative or for someone who wants something quiet and reserved.
23rd May, 2020
Green tea with lemon that at a first sniff feels simple, but when analyzed a bit, I can say that it's not just a straightforward lemon green tea. The notes are very well blended, it is transparent, fresh, elegant and very pretty. It’s a quiet scent, though addictive to me. Petitgrain and a faint leather accord in the background from the mate with a crystallized sugary note in the drydown.
09th August, 2019
First my nose picks up the bitter dry orange-infused petitgrain mixed with an equally dry iris root. I like the darkness and the dryness.

Then the tea notes come in to moderate the effect with a slight bit of sweetness. This comes over a very subdued light leather scent.

The overall effect is quite refined, restrained and subtle. A dry summer cologne of tea and leather. The idea is a welcome one. Goutal seems to be using quality materials here. The effect is quite light and lasts only as long as your typical eau de cologne. I also think a stronger edp version would be welcome for colder weather.

I probably woudn't buy a bottle, but I do like it.
02nd December, 2016
Duel is one of my favourite Annick Goutal fragrances: it is a very unusual blend of tea, lemon, green and subtle spice notes: I find it too complex to identify a lot of the notes. Very elegant and sophisticated. On my skin, the more recent L'Ile au The is very similar (please see my review).

15th November, 2016
The green citric opening here reminds me a great deal of parts of Citron de Vigne by Fresh and Jacomo's lovely Aura for Men. Unfortunately, and I never thought I'd say this about anything, Aura is way stronger and more tenacious. The weakness of Duel's black tea and leather notes makes the composition come off as barely masculine, so I'd say it's a safe wear for anybody. Imagine bringing a warm cup of English Breakfast (no milk or sugar) with a peel of lemon on the rim up to your mouth while wearing new riding gloves - That's Duel. Very pleasant, but this firm should really consider an EDP, as the alcohol content is a longevity-banishing 89%.
28th January, 2016

DUEL is a crisp woods fragrance with an air synonymous with modern masculinity.pure pleasure, tranquility and harmony.not strong or overpowering, the smells is like that of opening a fresh jar of pipe tobacco. Romantic,Fresh,Modern,Woody,Pleasant and Strange.

It contains citrus,iris and nutmeg,which subtly fade into a sensuous richness of tobacco,exotic woods and musk that brings sensuality and sophistication to both men and will get compliments from the ladies.

DUEL is perfect for daytime wear and it works also well at the evening that promise a lot however it is not strong and rich but making a statement without a doubt.This interesting scent is suitable for rainy days in the Spring/Autumn.if you like a tobacco scent,this is the fragrance for you.


Longevity?Average on my skin.

01st June, 2015

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