Those characteristics pretty much remain in the top notes of this update, now mingling with the added heart and base of rose and soft amber. The signature cardamom of Jean-Claude Ellena blends exceptionally well with the new somewhat warmer accord. The overall impression of the drydown is that of an rare oriental tea with hints of fizzy citrus, astringent herbs and honeyed blond woods. Crisp juniper adds a dry cleanliness. Elegant and somewhat restrained - as most often with this house.
The Hermès copy presenting this as an evening version of the original is quite clever and spot on. Whereas the original with it´s translucent lemon tang and peppery cedar serves as the perfect morning tonic, the intense version with it´s more seamless progression and soft ambery edges would be an ideal companion for a night out with dinner and opera. Both are excellent and complement each other beatifully.
Year of Launch: 2012
Gender Classification: Unisex
Reminiscent of: Editions de Parfums de Frederic Malle Angeliques Sous La Pluie, Penhaligon´s Juniper Sling
Longevity & Sillage: Moderate sillage, above average longevity
Overall Rating: 7/1o