Arquiste Nanban is based on a Japanese Galleon in 1618, filled with the finest spices, leather, coffee.
Wow. I mean the end. I’m a sucker for a great coffee fragrance, and this is that and so much more.
Notes include Malabar black pepper, Persian saffron, black tea accord, Chinese osmanthus, coffee absolute, Spanish leather, myrrh, frankincense, styrax, sandalwood, copaiba balsam, cade.
A gorgeous osmanthus and coffee announce themselves when you spray on Arquiste Nanban, and then it just starts smoking with tea and spices on a slow simmer. I mean, much as I love coffee, a smoking osmanthus has a charm that’s pretty hard to ignore.
The tea and the incense with balsams are amazingly restrained in some way – this isn’t full-on hit you over the head with that powerhouse list of notes above – but it never seems to hold back. Is the spices and leather you smell from another room or when that galleon rolled into the harbor and was unloaded. It is all of that at a distance, but in no way diminished.
Love is an understatement for how I feel about this one. If this is our open into the fall perfume season, then yeah! A great unisex scent that is amazing to put on now or when the fall weather really settles in. It had great lasting power the three times I’ve worn it, so expect it to make itself at home and stay put for a good visit.
Winners of the Arquiste Nanban samples from last post are – grizzlesnort and imapirate007 (OMG, I love your name!). 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.
Listen, you guys really wanted to win this sample, so I’m going to do another draw to give away another 3 samples of this. It’s really special and one I think will find a lot of love for a many years. Just drop a comment to be entered. Tell me what you’ve got planned for this fall. My mom is coming to visit in a couple of weeks. She told me she has never been to the top of Pike’s Peak. How has she been visiting Denver – with my dad’s sister’s family for decades and then me for the last 30 years – and not ever made the summit? We are getting train tickets to the top. I’ve been up there twice, and no way am I driving to the top again, I get all white knuckled and scary driving that. You?