By Kilian Single Malt was made for Harrod’s in London. I, of course, could never explain why, nor am I guessing anyone cares about that part of it.
What you do need to know about By Kilian Single Malt is it’s a boozier Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, and that is a very good thing. Notes of wheat, plum, vanilla, tolu and cedar are the listed notes I can find. The wheat absolute gives it a nice earthy tobacco’ish bent, but better. Yes, I’m a wheat slut. If anyone ever pairs that with daphne, I will just.die.
Kilian Single Malt opens very strongly boozy vanilla, which is lovely, and it’s those first few minutes that makes it very Tobacco Vanille/Back to Black. Strong vanilla bursts, smoky tobacco. As this starts drying down, the wheat, plum and tolu change it into something else, and the strength of it gives way to those notes, keeping it out of the too much of a clone of either of those. The plummy wheat combination is lovely. Dark, smokey, and earthy grit. I’m not sure I get as much booze in the drydown, but I’m not a malt kind of girl and really don’t know much about any resemblance to that. It has lots of booze on the open, but settles into a lowkey booze for me.
This is one of my favorite Kilians, which is hard to say when I have a lot of favorites in this line.
Winners of the Guerlain le Plus Beau Jour da ma Vie are – Katharine, Tiffanie, JillM, Rachel Luria and Brooke. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog, send me your name and address and remind me what you’ve won. I’ll send you a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it didn’t drop into my spam filter and then get it sent to you.
We will do another sample giveaway for By Kilian Single Malt samples. Just comment with your favorite Kilian or booze fragrance in comments, and I’ll draw 3 winners.