Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Eau des Iles by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
Simply by looking at the listed notes, would you think this a strange brew? You'd be correct in assuming such. I almost laughed at the opening. Not because it's horrendous, but because it's truly eclectic. Not since the original Ted Lapidus ( 1978 ) have I been encapsulated in a shroud of smoke such as this. The difference here is that Eau des Iles pilfers you with a strange coffee haze that's slightly burnt and accented with an undercurrent of myrrh and incense. I like it more than I don't like it........but that aside, I tip my cap to Mr. Laporte for his prodigious output in the year 1988. Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier took numerous chances and that bravado is why enthusiasts have respect for this house.
From the heart to the base, Eau des Iles settles down rather nicely and becomes much more comfortable. The tarragon and galbanum contribute just enough sweet and green to counter the slightly bitter coffee mist that is still ongoing.
Sillage is good and longevity is about 4 hours before it turns into a skin scent. This is definitely a try before you buy, but I have to give Eau des Iles a thumbs up just for originality if nothing else.