King of roses, from a nostalgic past
In the opening, at least for the very first 5-10 min, a punch of "tzuica" or "palinca" a traditional romanian strong bevergage made of plum hits your nose. Bergamot is also there but the tzuica is stronger. But after this time, the story begins...What. a. wonder. Carnation and rose,patchouli and vetiver, and the plum for the beginning (wich is not separatelly listed) are making a wonderful mixture. The leather, cedar and wood are comming soon, what a wood! A wet,alive, old wood, tones of leather and ancient amber and again the best rose I have ever smelled in a male scent!From the many bottles I had, the first ones (still have one full 200 ml since 89-90) is definitely the best. The new version is also good, but sadly far from what this masterpiece was at the point of its creation! I know the old recipe simply can t be duplicated nowadays, due the rules and restriction, but for those who wants to try it, it s a chance.The new version is a bit synthetic, the rose is a bit pungent and chemical, less oakmoss and leather in this version. If you know what I mean, in the old version, there is a MALE rose! I detect jasmine in the new version, wich in the older one I simply cannot detect. If you can, buy an OLD bottle. Rare but still available for decent prices. Choose a pre-barcode edition, -1989,1990,1991. A love from me - I own 5 or 6 bottles and I want to have it for the rest of my life, around me!