Sorry guys- I was supposed to post this last week, but I managed to take a tumble so had to pass.
So, anyway, a couple of weeks ago Andy Tauer was in LA at ScentBar to premiere his “Hyacinth and a Mechanic. HaaM was an experiment originally, starting with a “bottle journey” where one would try and test then ship it on down th line to the next person. This was back in 2007 and at the time on PST I wrote:
“I find the opening intensely green. Really intensely green. The succulently green hyacinth is paired with lily of the valley and a bare whiff of cold camphor to make a lush but identifiably Tauer scent. Like his Reverie au Jardin, which challenges how you think lavender smells, the tart, green whiteness of the opening is light-years away from what you think that a hyacinth should smell like, but somehow seems perfectly right, like a lightbulb over your head. “Oh yeah! That’s hyacinth!”
Then the mechanic pops up. He starts off smelling oily, a bit like the note in SMN Nostalgia, that leather and oily old-car smell that I loved in that scent but wished lasted longer. It then gets stronger, almost Kolnisch Juchten- like in its fatted roundness. This mechanic might be bringing a bouquet, but he also is bringing a sandwich. There isn’t a lot of development in this, it dances around from cool whiteness and fatted leather darkness. Do I have to tell you that I am in thrall?”
I am happy to state that nearly 10 years later I am still in thrall. It’s everything I remember and I am thrilled that I was able to score a bottle, especially since it was a “come to the store and get it only during the time I am here” kind of deal. So I actually popped for a bottle despite telling myself I have quite enough scents for someone who is forbidden to wear them anywhere near work. Of course it is hardly a hardship to spend some time with Andy- he is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Now all we have to do is mercilessly bug him to put this one into wider release..
$89 for 100ML, available only at the point of sale at the time of the event. I purchased my bottle at ScentBar.