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A ride through the thorny bushes
While he held on to the saddle with one hand, he tried with moderate success to keep the branches away from his face. He didn't have much distance ahead of him, though the short stretch along the edge of the forest was still the most arduous. If he was smart about it and didn't let the horse get away from him, he could make it back to the village before breakfast. After the last branch was swept back, the last tricky passage revealed itself before him-a sprawling thorny thicket full of raspberries. Down the narrow path he steered his bay mare carefully past the sharp thorns. All around him the sour smell of crushed and still green raspberries rose to his nose. The first rays of sunlight crept over the hills not far from here, warming the earth, shrubs and herbs all around. His saddle, by now heated by his own body heat and that of the sun, gave off a deep dark aroma of tanned leather that mingled with the scent of the thyme bushes among the thorns of the raspberries. The last of the thorns were still catching on the hem of his jacket when finally he rode out of the undergrowth, taking the small path to the village and warming his face in the rising sun.
Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather opens sharp, pungent, edgy and, above all, sour. There is no trace of a ripe, sweet raspberry here. Rather, green, sour wild raspberries come to the fore, which shape the start and dominate for themselves. Once the green-fresh start has subsided a little, a concentrated force of leather reveals itself. This one can't really be pigeonholed, perhaps due to the different types of leather used here. I alternately detect notes of a new car with a leather interior and tanned, deep dark leather of a saddle or leather jacket. The implementation is fabulously well done and seems incredibly authentic and natural. In the further course, I still discover nuances of thyme, some incense and a touch of woods, which make the fragrance a little softer during its development.
It's the opening of Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather that makes this fragrance a love-it-or-hate-it candidate. But once you get past the sharp start, TL evolves into a fresh, herbaceous leather scent with tremendous depth and charisma. If it doesn't come across as really wearable at the beginning, after a few hours it becomes a beautiful, soft and warm composition.