Helpful Review 3
Sweet William sings to me
"Dianthus barbatus" is not everybody's cup of tea. You have to like the smell of the red-white bi-coloured flowers called "Sweet William" and I for my part do. I've got beds of them in my garden and adore the scent when they are in full bloom come May/June. But the scent is not a classical soliflore, "Sweet William" does not focus on one single flower alone. It also incorporates traces of peach, cumin and cinnamon to prop up and intensify the basic note, to make it "sing". I know it does not sing to everybody, but it sings to me in a beautiful way. It's a spicy, slightly earthy scent of flowerbeds and the entire litany of spring and summer gardens. Ineke has come up with a swag of beauties inspired by the flowers in her garden - and "Sweet William" happens to be my personal favourite. For me, the beautiful aroma of the flower is cross-breeded with dashes of just the right spices and a bit of bourbon vanilla to soften the earthiness. A welcome change from the stranglehold of the rose-jasmine flower brigade.