Sunday, December 13, 2009
Giorgio Beverly Hills VIP Special Reserve
Sandalwood, Carnation, Rose, Cedar, Cinnamon, Orris, Patchouli.
Vanilla, Tonka bean, Musk, Moss, Leather, Benzoin, Amber.
This 1987 release came 3 years after the original Beverly Hills for Men. It is not misnamed. It is special. It's also served up strong, dark and long lasting. Those are special qualities in and of themselves, but V.I.P. takes the original rendition a few steps further and the end result is an extinct masculine that kicks ass......but in a very good way.
When V.I.P. Special Reserve opens up on your skin, you are awash in an extremely rich aldehyde-citrus with a balsamic leather and orange wafting around inside of it. This accord has serious gravity and is completely unique.
A camphor note soon inserts itself and fattens up the opening. If I ever smelled this on someone, I would think that this is one, serious person. The aura is somewhat somber and within minutes, a spicy patchouli elevates this tenebrous accord and injects a little earthiness and warmth.
V.I.P.'s middle accord has serious longevity and very grudgingly gives way to the base and drydown long after most fragrances have given up the ghost. The finish is a leathery wood, patchouli and resin with van-amber that desperately tries to lend a hand.
Sillage is excellent and longevity is just as good. I hold Giorgio V.I.P. Special Reserve in very high regard. This is a no nonsense masculine that is very dense, aloof and somber. It also smells fantastic. If released today as niche, it would be lauded and command a pretty penny. Two thumbs up from Aromi for V.I.P. Special Reserve.