Then bring us a barrel and set it up right,
Bring us a barrel to last out the night;
Bring us a barrel, no matter how high,
We’ll drink it up lads, we’ll drink it dry.
(“Bring Us a Barrel” by the The Witches of Elswick from their 2003 on their first album, Out of Bed)
If you are an afficiando of wine and spirits, you already know that wood can have a magical and profound effect on how wine and liquor tastes. smells and ages. Now, Thierrry Mugler has introduced (and re-introduced)some of his most famous fragrances with an additional element. Angel Liquer de Parfum, Alien Liquer de Parfum and A*Men Pure Malt are all inspired by techniques used to make luxury spirits. They are a aged for a number of weeks is wooden barrels.
Although Angel is by now an iconic fragrance, Angel Liquer de Parfum ($89.00 1.1 fl. oz Eau de Parfum) has a very different sensibility. This limited edition is inspired by the manufacturing” techniques of prestigious cognacs, and based on eight weeks of distillation in a cherry wood barrel. While the original Angel fragrance is an authoritative blend of feminine fruits and flowers, with top notes of fruits, dewberry, helonial, and honey, middles notes of chocolate, caramel, and coumarin, and base notes of vanilla and patchouli. the addition of aging in a cherry wood barrel adds a different feel to it The fragrance softens, becomes more intense, sultry, sexy with amber notes that are so sensual, and the patchouli becomes more noticeable, adding a n allure that you didn’t notice so much in the original. It’s mysterious, more sophisticated. I honestly like it better than the original. And I love the packaging. The outer carton is shiny inky black with barely noticeable blue letters, a shiny silver plaque embossed with black letters on one side, and a stunning photo of the bottle on the other. The bottle lacquered in shades of intense blue inspired by the stopper of a cognac decanter and the topper is a clear star that is faceted and captures the light like a precious jewel. Angel Liquer de Parfum is available while it lasts at MuglerStoreUSA.com and specialty retailers and fine department stores
The Advice Sisters never reviewed Alien by Thierry Mugler, but the designer has re-interpreted this popular fragrance of his with eight weeks of distillation in American Oak barrels. a method inspired by the techniques behind prestigious rums. Although I am not personally familiar with Alien, I can tell you that Alien Liquer de Parfum ($89.00 1 fl. oz Eau de Parfum .) Kind of knocked my proverbial socks off. While the fragrance doesn’t smell like rum, as someone who drinks a lot of this spirit, it has that decadent delicious warmth to it. It is a softly spicy oriental with a top of jasmine sambac, middle notes of cashmeran and solar notes; and a base note of white amber. Created by perfumer Dominique Ropion the thing I find intriguing is that while it isn’t a gourmand fragrance, there is a deliciousness to it that makes you almost want to “drink” it in your nostrils. Upon drydown, the intensity softens enough to be worn as a daytime fragrance, but I think it’s best as an evening scent, to be enjoyed when someone is close to you. The bottle is stunning, a faceted and shiny gold bottle with an all in one spray diffuser subtly hidden in the middle. This limited edition fragrance is also available while it lasts at MuglerStoreUSA.com and specialty retailers and fine department stores.