By Kilian Single Malt

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.

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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.

  • Kevin S says:

    My favorite Kilian, and conveniently my favorite boozy fragrance, is Apple Brandy—the NY exclusive. Also love Straight to Heaven.

    This one sounds great.

  • Jen says:

    Love sweet redemption; with chinatown, my two newish favorites.

  • Finanna says:

    My favourite Kilian (and my favourite boozy frag) is Straight to Heaven. It smells gorgeous on my better half and although he barely ever wears it, that’s the scent I associate with him.

  • March says:

    Ooooh this sounds delicious.

  • Bridget B says:

    I’m not sure this is truly boozy but I love hildi soliani’s orgasmo. That amaretto! Thanks for the draw!

  • Unpalleteable says:

    My favourite booze scent is Ambre Russe by Parfum d’Empire. Though I’ve recently got hold of every sample from the Frapin range, so more contenders in the wings. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • katrin says:

    My favorite Kilian scent is Beyond Love, I find it intoxicating. As for the boozy ones, I’ d go with Lauder’s YDAN. Thanks for the draw!

  • hajusuuri says:

    Thanks for the draw. A favorite By Kilian is Apple Brandy. A favorite boozy scent is Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille.

  • Eloquaint says:

    I don’t have a favorite Killian perfume. Right now the boozy scent that is rocking my world is Slumberhouse’s Kiste. It’s like drunk peach cobbler. Amazing.

    Thanks for the draw!

  • Gwenyth says:

    Somewhat amusing — I don’t drink (no beer, wine, liquor, etc) but I LOVE boozy notes in perfume. I don’t smoke, either, but love, love, love tobacco scents. Go figure…..?

    I love the boozy-ness of Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, the Mugler Liqours (Angel & Alien – aged in Oak casks….yum!), Paco Rabanne XS Extreme Girl (boozy and tobacco), Sonoma Scent Studios Tabac Aurea (boozy and tobacco), Vivienne Westwood Anglomania (Roses and Red Wine), Ginestet Botrytis (honey wine).
    Those are some favorites.

    I’d love to have the opportunity to try this By Kilian. Thanks 🙂

  • dremybluz says:

    I love A*men pure malt.

    • Eloquaint says:

      That was a really interesting scent. It reminded me of chocolate cherries with liquor inside.

  • odonata9 says:

    My favorite boozy scent is the same as my favorite By Kilian – Straight to Heaven. It get mentioned so rarely, but I find it terribly sexy.

  • KVA says:

    I liked Lush’s Voice of Reason for the boozy category.

  • Peppermoon says:

    I love malt! Malted chocolate milkshakes, malt robins eggs for Easter, you name it! Please put me in the drawing for a sample. My favorite boozy scents are Jeke, Kilian Apple Brandy and Queen Latifa.

  • Audrey says:

    Boozy scent, Ore by Slumberhouse. I do like Back to Black, thank you for the draw!

  • Tiara says:

    Note Vanille (now spelled Vanillee–why?!) is my favorite boozy scent. And my favorite vanilla scent. As for BK scents, I’ve only sampled a few and haven’t yet been moved to buy a full bottle. Love & Tears is the one I reached for most often.

  • disteza says:

    By Killian’s Apple Brandy is amazing, so I really want to try this one!

  • Victoria says:

    My favorite is By Kilian Amber Oud Eau de Parfum!

  • Janice says:

    Idole de Lubin is my favorite boozy fragrance. I have the EdT version–now discontinued, I think.

  • Cat McNeal says:

    I love Tobacco Vanille!! And this sounds amazing! I would love to try it!

  • Kandice says:

    My favorite BK is Sweet Redemption. In fact, that’s one of my favorite fragrances of all time. My favorite boozy fragrance is Guerlain’s Spiriteuse Double Vanille. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • R_UN says:

    Love the peat in Celtic Fire by Union, and currently trying out D.S. & Durga’s Hylands Spirit of the Glen (hate the spelling love the frag). So I’d love to get my hands on a sample of this one!

  • Connie says:

    My favorite Kilian is Liaisons Dangereuses!

  • Starling says:

    Oh my goodness. I love this review and am so happy to find any mention of this new Kilian fragrance. Why it’s exclusive to Harrod’s, I too, have no idea. But it sounds so amazing. I hope it appears stateside…eventually? I’m a Scotch drinker and so to have one of my favorite perfume houses to create a single malt scent is beyond intriguing for me. Beyond delightful! My favorite Kilian scents are Straight to Heaven: White Cristal; Love: Don’t Be Shy; Intoxicated, Light My Fire, Smoke for the Soul, and many other Kilian scents.

  • Jakub says:

    Oh, sounds lovely! My favourite booze one is Idole de Lubin and Kilian- oh, adore Back to Black. Heard about new Paris exclusive Kilian scent coming soon- Noir Aphrodisiaque, what a name 🙂

  • Marjorie Young says:

    I haven’t tried any By Kilian but I have tried Espresso Royale Sebastiane and love the coffee rum scent.

  • flowergirlbee! says:

    i haven’t been able to try any kilian but was given a small decant of skin on skin and have been enjoying the whiskey,saffron suede thing in that…i would like explore more boozy scents!! thanks for the giveaway : )

  • Sapphire says:

    Favorite Kilian is Liaisons Dangereuses. Favorite boozy frag is Couvent des Minimes Eau des Missions. Thanks for the drawing!

  • Tami H. says:

    Thanks much for the giveaway!! Opus Oils Mother is one of my favorite Boozy scents.

  • LaDona says:

    I don’t have any booze fragrances, but I’m an absolute tart for scotch. If customs had opened my suitcase when I came home from Scotland, they’d have tossed me in jail. Quite unfair, really…what the Hell else do you by in Scotland???

    Now tobacco vanilla perfumes are right in my wheelhouse. I just got an Odori tobacco and it is glorious. Tabac Blonde is pretty good…and I want to try more. Whoop! I’ve been dying to try By Killian, and it sounds like this is just swell.