Xerjoff Golden Dallah Review

Xerjoff golden dallah coffee break perfume reviewXerjoff Golden Dallah is a new entry from the pricing aspirational Xerjoff.  I have a few favorites from this line – the gorgeous Irissss, Oud Stars Mamluk (Italian Bergamot, Honey, caramel Accord, Jasmine Garndiflorum, Osmanthus, Laos Benzoin, Vanilla MAdagascar, Indian Oud, Crystal Musks, Amber) which I don’t have anymore, but am craving now that I typed that.

Notes for Xerjoff Golden Dallah are Coffee Absolute, Rose Absolute, Incense, Cambodian Oud, Amber, Hazelnut, Cocoa, Tonka.  I was really, really, really hoping for something very coffee smelling. It has that, but it’s a rosey coffee.  Beautiful, but more rose, oud and tonka than coffee.

The open is our oud with rose running around and hazelnut.  Then the cocoa joins in. This is my favorite moment, the cocoa note is really stunning.  Then there is the coffee. This isn’t a hit you in the face coffee, it is that slow, simmering brew from another room.

The mid-point is more cocoa coffee than rose, but as time goes on, the rose is more prominent, but it stays soft and it’s really blended beautifully. I really wanted more coffee.

I really do love Xerjofff Golden Dallah, and since it is part of the Coffee Break series, and there is only ONE! there should be more. Hopefully one that ditches the rose, gooses the coffee and cocoa over some tonka and oud.  Lord, that would be a thing.

Love coffee perfumes.  I’m mentally cataloging them, some I know and some I really don’t – Maison Margiela Replica Coffee, Demeter has one or two, that annoying NYC perfume company I don’t talk about has a great one – or they did – which makes my ignoring them so much more painful.  Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee is seriously great,   Cdg Kyoto has a little coffee in it.  Montale has a coffee scent or two – Russian Cafe and Intense Cafe?  Haven’t smelled those, but am guessing they work well.  I know YSL Black Opium lists coffee, but I try and forget that ever happened, I got NO coffee out of it, for which I would have forgiven it everything else.  Kilian Intoxicated and Black Phantom.  DSH has or had a coffee perfume.

So what coffee perfume am I missing that would go on a best coffee perfume list or is the best ever?


  • Rakasa says:

    You might truly enjoy the newly released, richly roasted Yigaracheffe Coffee that Shawn Maher wove into the base of his Osmanthus centric Crystal Moon. https://maherolfactive.com/collections/frontpage/products/crystal-moon-eau-de-parfum

  • Dina C. says:

    The only coffee scent I’ve sampled was Sonya Rykiel’s Belle en Rykiel which was a lavender and coffee blend. Sounds a bit odd but was very comforting, like eating breakfast while wearing flannel pyjamas fresh out of the dryer.

    • Patty says:

      I sorta remember that. I had it a long time ago and really loved some part of it, but something about it was just not quite right, but the coffee was lovely. I may need to revisit!

  • Portia Turbo says:

    Heya Patty,
    I loved Cafe Tuberose by Atelier Cologne but it’s not a super coffee jam.
    Olympic Orchids had a coffee fragrance that was TOO coffee for me and La Via del Profumo also had a very realistic coffee +++ if I remember correctly.
    Black Opium smells like an industrial accident on me but on Jin it’s this amazing sweet black coffee and spiciness. I think it might be him, not the scent.
    Portia xx

    • Patty says:

      That’s how I remember that one too. Srsly? Black Opium was just so boring. So maybe it does rely on some chemistry?

  • Musette says:

    I’ve never found a coffee scent I liked (since I love coffee (and the smell of that hot cup of coffee pouring into the cup – but HATELOATHEHATE the nauseating smell of cooling coffee…….. weird, I know.

    But I will always have you to thank for the intro to Irisss! OMGosh! what a beauty!


  • SpringPansy says:

    I’m still searching for a good coffee perfume so I’ll be watching this post closely!
    -Montale’s “cafe” fragrances were all about rose to my nose – not what I wanted.
    -DSH’s Cafe Noir was more about rich resins than coffee, although I liked it. DSH Lumiere is a wonderful sweet spice, but again, no coffee.
    -Bond’s New Haarlem was celery and coffee and a big no for me. Haven’t tried their others.
    -I have a sample of Carthusia Terra Mia coming – let’s see what that one is like.

    • MileHighHokie says:

      DSH Cafe Noir feels like a Viennese coffee to me; a spicy, medium roast. It’s really great layered with her Au Lait! Portia, have you tried Dawn’s Coffee Absolute? If you want pure, dark coffee, this is the one for you :-).

    • Patty says:

      I remember Cafe Noir now – I had forgotten. I really did love it, but you are right, the coffee was more spice than coffee. I’m anxious to get the Ganache coffee!

  • Bee says:

    Amen Pure Coffee is good. I have a Milton Lloyd No. 8 from their Perfumers Choice line and it’s a ‘knock off’ or ‘tribute’ if you prefer, to Black Opium and it’s much better than the original – more coffee, more vanilla, more patch…just a lot more of everything and it lasts longer too. I would love to try this Xerjoff (among others) but let’s face it, in my financial situation it would just mean heartbreak. sigh

    • Patty says:

      Oh, might have to look at that Milton Lloyd. I was so hopeful with Black Opium, that they would just take Opium, inject coffee and let ‘er rip. It was so boring!

  • Tara C says:

    I think Ava Luxe and DSH both make some serious coffee scents. Personally I like Atelier Cologne Cafe Tuberosa and Amen Pure Coffee. Montale has a new Ristretto Intense Cafe version which supposedly has more coffee.

    • Patty says:

      Ava Luxe used to. Are they still around? Lord, I loved so many of her scents, and then she sorta slowed down, closed down, then kinda opened up again, and I sorta forgot about her. I need to go look at the DSH coffee scents, I really like her stuff.

  • Shiva-woman says:

    I’m a coffee scent junkie too, so thanks for posting:
    1) Noir Exquis by L’Artisan Parfumeur (love)
    2) Christian Dior Eau Noire (might have to Ebay and–$$$ —–and love more!)
    3) Lush Cardamom (which I think was mentioned, maybe even favorably by Turin)
    4) and finally, Ganache Parfums makes about 10+ different coffee perfumes–really, this is where you go. I am not affiliated with this SF perfumer, but can vouchsafe for the quality and the price (OMG very INexpensive, and usually natural perfumes, or mostly, and long-lasting. Does ship internationally, but shop often closes.
    One that I tried, but did not like, is Atelier Cafe Tuberosa. I really want deep woods and coffee.
    Solstice Scents also makes woodsy, chocolatey, nutty coffee scents (see their catalogue).

    • Patty says:

      Treasure Trove comment! I kept seeing the Ganaches in searches, but had no idea about them. Now I know, I’m off to sample! I love Eau Noire, it has coffee in it? That makes sense, I need to sniff it again, but don’t have it here until July. I really need all my perfumes back, it’s been bleak living without them.