Colonia Quercia (2016)

Colonia Quercia by Acqua di Parma
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Colonia Quercia is a perfume by Acqua di Parma for men and was released in 2016. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Petitgrain, Lemon, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamom, Geranium, Cedarwood
Base Notes Base NotesTonka bean absolute, Patchouli, Oakmoss absolute



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Wrong turn in front of the base
Although I haven't really been working as a druggist for 100 years, the nomenclatures of medicinal herbs that are stored in the memory of specialist jargon have remained true to this day. Therefore, it still feels to me as if a drawer is opened in which the name, plant, family, ingredients, mode of action, use, application etc. etc. of a drug are stored. And before now again the inevitable demands come after the term "drug" with e.g. chamomile blossoms: A drug is actually a dried part of a plant used to produce drugs. Hence the professional title drugstore, or druggist. A profession that has unfortunately become more or less superfluous in the meantime. Colloquially today only mind-altering drugs are referred to as such.

In any case, it was immediately clear to me with the names Quercia that oak moss or oak bark must play a decisive role in this fragrance. I still know today what oak bark tastes like when you chew on the pieces, because we often used it as a chewing gum substitute. Herb, astringent (astringent) and a little strict, that's what I remember. My expectation was of course also that and I hoped to see a new star rise in my fragrance sky, because bitter fragrances are not really the current trend.

It starts relatively harmlessly. The citrus-fresh top note leads to a really interesting and for me very pleasant heart note. Cardamdom and cedar play the spicy and serious leading role here. My enthusiasm is really growing, I like that and the wish list is already flashing, because the oak moss basis is already clearly to be guessed
But then it happens again: As so often, the base takes a completely different direction, because once again Tonka bean, frightened by so much courage of the perfumer, quickly dampens the seriousness of the fragrance with its creamy sweetness. You almost have to be thankful that vanilla wasn't also used to slow down the efforts for a strong and powerful fragrance. Powdery patchouli instead of e.g. clean incense does the rest to finally lose the red thread of Quercia.

Now the scent is just nice. And that's so superfluous on my rating scale. An opportunity was missed to create a truly expressive, serious unisex fragrance for lovers of herbal fragrances that addresses the strength and resilience of its eponym. More than mediocre has unfortunately not become of it.

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KingPin 55 days ago
Smells super wierd on me - first like a grape sugar hard candy, then a tonkabomb.

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