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Birch & Black Pepper Cologne
Britain today. Its rebellious roots in punk, yet with an enduring respect for tradition. The cool spiciness of black pepper and cardamom, juxtaposed with smoky birch and an accord of magnetic ink. A scent of subtle contrasts. Sharply-dressed as part of our collaboration with Huntsman Savile Row. A surprising, sensual scent, individual and audacious style.
As they often do, Jo Malone have launched a collection of limited edition fragrances. This year, the theme is British history and the name of the game is “Rock the Ages”. Charting British tradition from the Tudor era to the present day the five fragrances (four new ones plus a limited edition bottle of popular fragrance, Pomegranate Noir) map the many facets of our vibrant history. Birch & Black Pepper (perfumer: Christine Nagel), the subject of today’s review is the one assigned to modern Britain, specifically, and it’s described by the brand as being “individual, audacious and stylish”.
spicy - smoky - masculine & seductive Top notes are mandarin orange - cardamom & black pepper Middle notes are birch & patchouli Base notes are gurjan balsam - vanilla & ink
How Does it Smell?
Birch & Black Pepper is pretty interesting from the get go. It opens with lots of savoury, smoky and salty birch, as billed, but there’s a translucent airiness, thanks to the almost aquatic spice of cardamom, that stops anything from being heavy or oppressive. The pepper is relatively subtle, crackling softly in the background and giving off a metallic glow. My favourite part though, is the inky heart that is deep black and floral (white florals, most definitely). It gives what would otherwise be a standard spice scent, a unique depth that carries right through to the base. Birch & Black Pepper displays modern Britain through smoke, spice, metal and ink. It’s a handsome picture for sure.
I’m not going to lie to you, I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed by the idea of Birch & Black Pepper. Sometimes you just get the feeling that a scent won’t be for you, and the mix of notes didn’t sound appealing to me. How wrong was I? This is an incredibly well-thought-out fragrance that presents spice in a transparent, shimmering and floral package that is really easy to enjoy. Also, as with many of the Jo Malones, its great to layer with. I paired it with Annick Goutal’s Eau de Ciel, and the result was musk, flowers and spice – heaven.
FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTION)
1) What is the difference between Demonstration Units and regular fragrances?
Demonstration Unitis brand new, unused. Demonstration Units are usually supplied in either plain boxes, and sometimes do not have a box and lid on the bottle. Demonstration Units are produced for stores to sample the product for their customers. Exactly the same Fragrance but comes in a bottle marked as a "Demonstration Unit / Demonstration", and may also state "not for resale". Demonstration Units are usually produced in the largest size available of the product, so you will enjoy the largest size of your favorite fragrance at a much lower price.
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Jo Malone London Birch & Black Pepper Cologne 100ml