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rbaker's Review of Aleksandr by Arquiste

The violet-neroli duet at the opening sounds maybe a bit unoriginal, but it is surprisingly well executed. The violet is clearly in the foreground, whilst the neroli provides a basso continuo in the background that adds an element of freshness to the violent lead.

Soon a woodsy drydown presents, dominated by a fir note that is a bit on the darker side, like in a rain in the forest. It then takes on a balsamic note, but not in a eucalyptus-style, more in a slightly camphoric way.

The base adds a leather impression. The leather initially is harsher, but never in the wild and car-fume infused way of Knize Ten. Later is softens up considerably, more like Lang's Cuiron or Kölnisch Juchten and less like Tuscan Leather.

The sillage is moderate, the projection good and the longevity around eight hours.

The lovely autumnal creation of good quality, with some original touches and good perfomance. May be not Aleksandr the Great but very respectable. 3.5/5.

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