Monthly Archives: November 2010

Acqua di Gio: Not Bad For the Best-Selling Fragrance in America

As I was paging through the December issue of GQ, I stopped for a moment on the first scented cologne ad, one for Armani’s Acqua di Gio—the best-selling fragrance in America, among men’s and women’s. I usually tear these obnoxious … Continue reading

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Chandler Burr on the Perfume Industry

Here’s Chandler Burr, perfume critic for the New York Times, and author of The Perfect Scent and The Emperor of Scent, speaking at the Thinking Digital Conference last year. (Via My Perfume Life on Twitter.)

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Drinking Out: The Smoked Maple Collins at Applewood

Treating ourselves to brunch at Applewood in Park Slope, Brooklyn after some grueling holiday travel, my girlfriend and I were excited to see that there was a totally different cocktail menu for the morning meal. Sure, there was the usual … Continue reading

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The Breuckelen 75

What do you do when you have all the wrong ingredients? You improvise. I made a French 75 (gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, champagne) using the ingredients I had, which meant prosecco instead of true champagne. I’d prefer to use … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Punch at Prime Meats

When the F train isn’t running in Brooklyn, everything slows down. After a long walk down Court Street from Atlantic—a distance that covered two closed subway stations—what I wanted most from Prime Meats was a cozy bar stool. Alas, there … Continue reading

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The Experts: Luca Turin on 1740 by Histoires de Parfums

As I mentioned last weekend, I have two indispensable reference books that I keep re-reading, one on spirits and the other on fragrance. The latter is of course Perfumes: The A to Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. … Continue reading

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Gerald Ghislain and the Taste of Scent

Gerald Ghislain, restaurateur, perfumer and creator of the acclaimed French niche line Histoires de Parfums, is tall and amiable Parisian with a ponytail, three-day beard, and architect-style glasses. He was bounding across Henri Bendel’s second floor fragrance section last night … Continue reading

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The Ginkgo Problem: Butyric Acid

This blog is about smell and taste, but I usually focus on the good–or at least the scents and tastes that are intended to be good. But the other side can be just as interesting. Take the case of the … Continue reading

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Drink Spirits on Agwa de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liqueur

I’ve been meaning to buy a bottle of Agwa de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liqueur for review since I read about it in August. But I haven’t yet, so here’s a snippet from Drink Spirits‘ review, posted today: The nose on … Continue reading

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Dueling Perfume Reviews

Critics don’t always agree. The Lush spinoff brand B Never Too Busy To B Beautiful is now defunct, but I couldn’t help digging up these two opposing reviews of the boldly named perfume, “Breath of God.” First, Hadley Freeman writing … Continue reading

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