Thursday, June 3, 2010
Kolnisch Juchten by Gegenuber
I am NOT COMPLAINING. It is actually exorcising my nose and I'm grateful. Galamb graciously sent me Kolnisch Juchten recently and I admit to being completely ignorant of this release except to what I've read on basenotes. I think I am part of Galamb's diabolical plan to drag me out of the depths of designer hell and add to my fragrance addiction by getting me strung out on niche and obtuse releases like Kolnisch. He is an evil man...........lol.
This particular fragrance is HUNDREDS of years old. Well....the formula is anyway, but there's no telling how old the juice is that I'm sampling. Juchten opens with tanned leather and a slight tar aroma. Very different, but pleasing. It does have an old-school vibe, but how could it not? There's a subtle smoke that appears after a few minutes, along with some sort of resin. Amber? Wood? Both? Hell if I know for sure, but the accord is there in the background staying behind the now smoky leather.
This seems to be the road Juchten travels. It's a fairly straight expanse, but who says fragrance accords have to convoluted and littered with notes and transitions? If you have a hankering for smoky leather of the fine kind, be sure to snag a sample of Kolnisch Juchten anywhere you can find it. Aromi has no choice but to give this a big thumbs up.