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The nickname "le Magnifique" of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman l. (1495-1566), known in this country primarily for commanding the first Ottoman siege of Vienna (which was just as unsuccessful as the second one about 100 years later), is actually traditionally rendered in German as "the Magnificent". But that would not fit this fragrance very well, which is why I do not object when Parfumo, contrary to what is said here, translates as "Süleyman the Great".
Süleyman le Magnifique is anything but an opulent, voluptuous fragrance. His sillage is noticeable but slowed down and his durability in my perception and that of my fellow testers is rather too moderate than of excessive duration. Of the individual notes, none stands out dominantly; indeed, I cannot even smell a single one out with certainty, rather everything forms a tightly interwoven, dense and somewhat mysterious network; a total work of art. Yes, there may be a certain sweetness and fruitiness; apple, vanilla and rose cannot be denied outright, but they are anything but obtrusive. Woody and bitterish, almost leathery notes, with perhaps serious varieties of vetiver and patchouli, are present, but don't make the fragrance a firecracker or stinker. A certain balsamic softness and freshness is there (galbanum and benzoin perhaps), but Süleyman does not become a flatterer by this.
I am not able to decipher what moved Mr. Fort to name this fragrance after Süleyman I (and the other after Mehmed II), i.e. what is supposed to be the specifically "Süleyman-like" aspect of this one (if the naming concept was even thought through to such an extent).
In any case, the two historical figures are quite similar (not only with regard to the usual strangulations): Süleyman the Magnificent (who was killed about 100 years after Mehmed II. was a great and versatile ruler: as a far-sighted codifier (another epithet of him is "Süleyman the Lawgiver"), as a builder, as a conqueror and commander (he won the territory of Iraq and Transylvania for the Empire), but also, for example, as a poet. He is special in so far as his long-time main and favourite wife, who was captured as a girl by slave hunters in the Ukraine and transferred to the harem, where she made a rapid career, was actively involved in the affairs of government, which is the subject of operas and therefore need not be deepened here.
In any case, in my opinion Fort&Manlé succeeds in doing what I failed to do with the Mehmed fragrance, which I did not comment on favourably: an original and (except for the slightly too short shelf life) beautiful, successful, round, sultan fragrance that fits the theme.
For Süleyman le Magnifique shows not only very masculine but also domineering qualities: he is just as distinguished and gentle as he is powerful and firm, serious and structured, and masters himself without allowing individual traits to be excessive. He always remains mysterious and ambiguous and does not let himself be seen in the cards. So he always remains sovereign - I like this fragrance sultan!