Juniper Sling 
Penhaligon's (2011)

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Olivier Cresp

Nothing brings jubilance and joy to the senses quite like… Gin! And now a cocktail, or Sling, a tribute to les années folle, the exuberant 1920s that roared that is one part crisp, evening-elegance, one part party-playful effervescence.

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There are 28 reviews of Juniper Sling by Penhaligon's.

Re-visited this one today after it sat in my wardrobe for maybe two years. A rainy day like today normally calls for something a bit heavier / spicier but I went against my normal routine and gave this a 3 spray application before running errands. I forgot how much I like this scent. Fresh, almost frizzy juniper opening, then on to green notes with a hint of gin. Sadly, it only lasts about an hour on me, but it is a very nice hour. Sillage is pretty weak, but I did pick up hints while wearing a surgical mask when shopping, so just enough to keep me company on my journey.
A no-brainer when you want something fresh, interesting and just for your own enjoyment, albeit for a very short period of time. 5+ sprays recommended.
Oct 25, 2021

Extremely fresh opening of juniper, light orange note and the herbal tea quality of the angelica, reminds me a bit of Pinkster and Sipsmith gin. Smooth slide of cardamom that melds with the orange, I almost get a holiday feeling. Sadly Juniper Sling doesn't stay around long, and it's a shame. The dry down, mostly of vetiver and amber brown sugar, are the only final notes of the short lived party. I almost wonder if combining it with their hand and body lotion would tease out the longevity.
Aug 6, 2019

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Nov 24, 2018

Astringent. Greenish. Buried citrus. Christmas wreath smell. Fresh. Cool. Begins to sweeten a little bit with cardamom and orris. There is some faint leather lurking underneath. I don't get any pepper but, I do smell vetiver. The base reveals amber. I don't get a tremendous amount sweetness out of this. Only a noticeable smidgeon. There is something that appears to resemble coffee flavored with hazelnut syrup. It's vague and elusive at times, this accord.

A zippy opening - dies off with a whisper.
Oct 31, 2018

Juniper Sling (2011) shows an unlikely Penhaligon's contributor in Oliver Cresp making something in line with the powdery Victorian "barbershop-fresh" vibes of the house's more traditional varieties. Cresp certainly doesn't have the biggest fan base around the perfumista and colognoisseur community, since the majority of his creations are stark, light, almost apologetic in their mainstream pleasantness, with a few glaring obsessions. If you looked at anything from Kenzo, Paco Rabanne, Yves Saint Laurent, or even -gasp- Mercedes Benz, you're likely to find more than a few Cresp creations, and none of them with very good reviews. Being the eventual perfumer of Gentleman Givenchy (2017) likely hasn't helped his case at all either, but I digress. Like it or not, Penhaligon's needed to "modernize" after being bought and sold a half-dozen times over the course of it's life, so somebody like Cresp was a good fit to bring some 21st century sheen to an otherwise almost postmodern house. Juniper is a commonly-found note in a lot of today's freshies, so it makes sense to have it the star of a new Penhaligon's product line, and after Bertrand Duchafour's throwback Sartorial (2010), the house probably wanted something that would appeal to the hip cats that didn't like the smell of a Savile Row tailor. I like Juniper Sling, and see why it's garnered so many neutral impressions, but I feel like the market for this might not actually be the kind of guy to even write reviews about what he wears anyway. Juniper Sling is the spiritual successor to Endymion (2003), which was Penhaligon's used to try and capture the same demographic almost a decade prior. The two scents share a similar vibe of light spice, sweetness, modern accoutrements, and old-fashioned charm if only as a glaze-over coating to a modern fragrance.

The scent opens with juniper and angelica, with a big woosh out the sprayer. Juniper Sling is very fresh, almost fresher than probably any other Penhaligon's out there save maybe Castile (1998), but it isn't all "old cologne" quite like that, but instead uses the angelica, cinnamon, orange, and brandy notes to create a semi-oriental accord relatable to guys who wear stuff like Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008) or Dolce & Gabanna The One for Men (2008). The operating logic here is to make a Penhaligon's experience that's relevant to a guy nursed on Calvin Klein freshies and accustomed to the latest 2000's and 2010's oriental spice woods scents, so Juniper Sling marries that to an 1870's framework. I'm not saying Oliver Cresp is a genius, and I'm not the biggest fan of his stuff myself, but this is dialed in pretty good. Young professionals dipping their toe in wet shaving culture but not ready to go whole-hog with bay rums or fougères will eat this up, which is why it's popular. Cardamom, leather, pepper, and orris lay on a bed of brown sugar, black cherry, vetiver, and the expected ambroxan, making this fit the fashionable semi-oriental bill with just a tad of vetiver sting to dry it up without a true powder note, which young guys wouldn't be accustomed to anymore. Juniper Sling wears pretty much like a slightly more piquant version of a club scent, like a clubber if it was scrubbed of all the heavy richness in the bottom end, and had that replaced with a tart barbershop finish, like something that might ease a first-timer into eventually enjoying something like Blenheim Bouquet (1902), seguing from sweet to semi-sweet to dry, aqueous and admittedly a little boring at the end, with a bit of ambroxan scratch for familiarity to noses used to Bleu de Chanel (2010).

Juniper Sling is for the person that doesn't really appreciate what Penhaligon's normally does, and doesn't want something particularly strange, challenging, or loud, but is ready to graduate from a Macy's counter to a boutique thanks to a few timely promotions. It's not nouveau-riche naivety and spendthrift that Juniper Sling is after, being somewhere in the middle of niche price ranges anyway, but the guy that wants the cut above, and likes the sound of tradition, but not the actual exercising of it. The kind of guy that buys all his razors and shaving accessories from Art of Shaving, and thinks the "old school bottles look cool" is the perfect target for Juniper Sling. He isn't ready to handle Hammam Bouquet (1876) or English Fern (1911), and he surely isn't ready to plunk down $300 for Parfums MDCI Invasion Barbare (2005), so this is the perfect solution. Juniper Sling looks plenty quaint and old fashioned, plus classy with it's little metal version of the usual Penhaligon's bow, and the man who wears it can impress by saying "it's Penhaligon's" when he wears it, even if real fans of the house know what's up. Again, I might seem a bit of a parodist here, but I actually appreciate Juniper Sling for this reasons, because it's pleasant and enjoyable bridge from designer to something more in-depth, a gateway per se just like everyone's first taste of Chanel Platinum Égoïste (1993), and like that scent, isn't for the seasoned vet of the hobby. A quick cheapo alternative would actually be something like Avon Prospect/Open Road (2004), which also has a juniper/powder combo just without the ambroxan, the ownership of which actually somewhat keeps me from buying this, but I may end up with it sooner or later. Perfectly safe for office or day wear, just not strong enough for cold, and too proper for romantic use. Juniper Sling is training wheels for Penhaligon's fans.
Aug 20, 2018

Fresh, green, dry and woody with a zesty zing like a mixed drink in the refreshing and pleasing opening. The drydown is all vetiver and maybe a bit of dusty leather. This is one of those scents where you love the opening and the drydown is actually a letdown.

If someone can catch you in the first 15 minutes, it should be noticeable and might grab a compliment. Anything beyond that and you'll probably be the only one enjoying the vetiver drydown. That is a knock on the projection but it does last all workday, so no issues with longevity.
Jun 19, 2018

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