1445 by Castle Forbes
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1445 is a popular perfume by Castle Forbes for men and was released in 1997. The scent is green-fresh. It is still in production.

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Andrew French

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPetitgrain, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesTarragon, Lavender
Base Notes Base NotesVetiver, Clove, Patchouli



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Signature scent
First of all, I have to say that I'm not the great writer. Basically I keep it rather simple with the smells, either something pleases me, or not. But now that I have defined a signature scent for myself for the first time, I also lose a few words about it.

Handcrafted in a small factory with selected natural ingredients. The brand Castle Forbes conveys this impression. The bottle and also the packaging/design look high quality to me and look really chic, especially for the price! Such a deer head just works ;)

I am very much of the opinion that after spraying on something natural, pure to perceive. Grasses, moss, forest, just beautiful green. Somehow it also has something of After Shave (in the positive sense).
Especially on a warmer or hotter day, it acts like a refreshment on the skin. It's like enjoying the lower temperatures in the forest on a summer's day.

I bought the 1445 perfume blind, because I liked the appearance very much. I find the price/performance very good
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Azzaro pour Homme goes Scot!
1445 by Castle Forbes is among the nicest alternatives to vintage Azzaro pour Homme which I’ve ever tried so far. While current Azzaro is still great, but – like pretty much any contemporary designer fougère – feeling a bit flat, tame and washed-down, 1445 brings back quite the same mossy-herbal-woody round richness of the vintage, even replicating the same sage-lavender anisic trademark of Azzaro. The differences are subtle, but remarkable enough to make it not too redundant if you already own Azzaro: a muskier, “grayer” base with a sort of “damp stones” feel, some more citrus, a bitter herbal side of tarragon, more cloves (especially on the drydown) and overall, sort of a simpler, more artisanal, and more natural feel, also with a drier, smokier drydown. Castle Forbes’s products are allegedly made in some small countryside in Scotland, and whether that’s true or not, 1445 does indeed smell somehow “simpler”, but rawer at the same time, if compared to the products of a major corporate like Azzaro. I mean – just as you would imagine something manufactured in a small workshop on the Scottish hills would smell. Old-school, natural, foggy and grassy, kind of damp and dark, classy yet straightforward and easy-going. The evolution has some interesting, pleasantly natural transitions; the smell remains herbal and woody, just becoming drier, smokier, darker, spicier (cloves) and with a prominent camphorous feel of mossy-earthy ambergris, with a sort of light metallic aftertaste.

Overall a really traditional, mature, completely uncreative yet very pleasant aromatic fougère. Nothing astonishing, but it smells really good (isn’t that the most important thing, in the end?). The only “unique” feature being that sort of countryside-artisanal feel which makes 1445 smell more easy-going, more natural, somehow more breezy than a proper vintage fougère. Very solid and fine for the price. By the way the bottle I based my review on is a bit older than the ones which are sold today (tartan motif, no allergens listed, I guess it dates back to a dozen years ago at least), so I don’t know if it’s still that good.


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