Saturday, May 22, 2010

Serge Lutens: Ambre Sultan

The Sultan opens with a bag of heavily spiced dried/preserved fruits, tickling the nose a little. If spice is not your cup of tea, you may probably find this a little off-putting at first sniff. It almost resembles a certain kind of medicated balm/rub that is commonly found in South East Asia - Tiger Balm. Slowly, but very noticeably, Ambre Sultan starts to shed that spiciness and reveal a very smokey, incensed accord effortlessly supported with well-contained honeyed vanilla sweetness. This is such a complex and wonderfully crafted amber potion. More than 6 months on, and it still continues to amaze me.

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