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Very helpful Review
A comparison is only as good as the combatants ..
Much has been written about Green Irish Tweed and its clone Cool Water. In numerous Internet forums, all of them admittedly not as good as Parfumo, one hears again and again that factually no differences exist between the two fragrances. I can't and won't let this stand, because I know both Cool Water and Green Irish Tweed and find both scents great in their own way and relationship, but do see or smell some differences, albeit subtle. Writing this comment brought to mind a recent "expert dispute". As a classical music lover and avid amateur pianist, I was passionately debating with a dear colleague (also an amateur pianist) about our respective equipment. Specifically, it was about the dispute whether his Steinway or my Bösendorfer delivers the better sound. You can already tell that it was a discussion on a high level and far removed from everyday spheres. Passionately I stood up for my Bösendorfer, for me the perfection in piano and grand piano building, and so I got carried away and described the sound of his Steinway as "unfinished" and "too sharp" and not at all round. Now we have this discussion every now and then, which does not detract from our friendship, however, and so we can spend sometimes very "strange" hours debating for our fellow human beings whether Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto op. 18 in C minor sounds better on my Bösendorfer or his Steinway. What's my point? Well in the end, in matters of perfume, as in matters of music, it's "une question de goût" and one's experience determines one's point of view.
I have so far always gladly Cool Water used, also because it is for me still a "milestone" in the matter of men's perfume and yes, also I thought for a long time not to try it times with Green Irish Tweed. So did I let the numerous comments wrap me around my finger for a long time? It seems so! In these days, marked by monotony, work and cultural wasteland, I have gained the time to acquire some new fragrances and test them extensively. Green Irish Tweed is one of them. What should I say now? For me Green Irish Tweed (at least on my skin) doesn't smell at all like Cool Water, except for the base. This begins immediately after spraying on where I perceive juicy but not biting lemon aromas with peppermint. Already the opening seems very "round" and dignified and offers a "freshness kick" that reminds me less of rugged cliffs, but more of dew-covered meadows in the morning freshness. This impression lasts on my skin for about fifteen minutes, before I notice a distinct floral impact, which over time pushes more and more under the fresh-citrusy top note and gives the fragrance a distinctly floral-tart component. This mixture of citrusy-fresh and floral-tart notes then remains on my skin for about two hours before an extremely pleasant woody and ambery base note spreads, which surprisingly now first reveals a slightly "aquatic" impression. At the end, after about five hours, I no longer notice any difference between Green Irish Tweet and Cool Water, may mean that the drydown smells identical to me. Now, you might say that many roads lead to Rome and it's what comes out the back that counts, but for me, it's the distance traveled that counts. To use the metaphor of Rachmaninov, Bösendorfer and Steinway again, I would like to say that Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto can be played just as grandly on a Steinway as on a Bösendorfer. But the practiced connoisseur may notice a difference on the way from beginning to end. Both pianists, provided they are masters of their craft, will be rewarded with the audience's applause, and so it is analogously with Green Irish Tweed and Cool Water, but Green Irish Tweet treads the path more rounded, finer and altogether more balanced, indeed less "chemical" in contrast to Cool Water.
So it remains in the end a question of taste and certainly the skin chemistry, how and where differences between the two "masterpieces" are to be discovered, but it is worth from the respective point of view times to look left and right.