When I bought this, blind as always, I really didn't have a collection of perfumes. Just a handful really, and that too mostly the really popular aquatics. This was probably my first brave step into a different, totally unknown, to me, world. The first time was completely off-putting. Just something I didn't understand at all. Quite obvious coming from my background (of aquatics). But after a few other scents took me off my aquatic spell, I came back to this one. And honestly I haven't left this 'spicy-woody' genre ever since.
Silver Shadow opens with a very spicy, balmy, in-your-face type of bitter-orange accord. But as soon as the opening blast settles this scent gets magical. You can immediately smell this cloud of beautiful black pepper, saffron and benzoin. Very warm and enveloping, but not in a bit overpowering or strong. Just natural and grounded. As the hours go by this scent gets slightly sweeter, ambery-vannilic. I can get whiffs of cloves & cinnamon too at times. And all this is supported by a very thin layer of musky patchouli. All the while it stays subtle and restrained. It's more of a skin scent if used normally, so I go generous on the trigger. And it's worth it. It's very suave and sophisticated. Very mature, understated and totally inoffensive, so a perfect office scent in a way. I don't know if it's a crowdpleaser, since the sillage is average or below, really - but the people who get close like it. It always smells warm and pleasant. It's not ground-breaking or super creative in anyway. But it is a very good and a proper scent made by the great Francis Kurkdijan.