Category Archives: Cocktails AND Cologne

Spent Musket Oil Cologne by BKLYN Dry Goods

Jahn Hall and Kurt Uhlendorf of BKLYN Dry Goods are an odd pair: Hall is a tall, burly guy who’s never without a disarming grin and Uhlendorf is a slighter, shorter, thoughtful-looking guy. Their business, BKLYN Dry Goods, is an … Continue reading

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How to Write About Something You Don’t Like: Part One

It once bothered me that so many fellow bloggers didn’t post negative reviews, particularly in the fragrance world. If we all love everything, aren’t we just creating free marketing and advertising for the fragrance companies? How are we credible if … Continue reading

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Deconstructing The Macallan Sherry Oak 18

Back in November, the day after I posted something about the Aroma Box collaboration between The Macallan single malt scotch and British perfumer Roja Dove, I went to a Scottish-themed event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Strolling around the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lists

As much as we complain about end-of-the-year lists, most of us seem to love them. Maybe they’re like pornography: many of the people who will speak out against it in public are voracious consumers of it in private—they just can’t … Continue reading

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Perfume or Hooch?

My friend Kara Newman at the Spice & Ice blog has more evidence for the connection between spirits and fragrances today, in the form of a short quiz she calls “Perfume or Hooch?” The lines are definitely blurred when you’re … Continue reading

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The Macallan Scotch and Perfumer Roja Dove

Perfumer Roja Dove and The Macallan single malt scotch have created something they call “The Macallan Aroma Box,” a kit containing 12 scents found in whisky. It’s designed to educate drinkers on some of the finer notes in a single … Continue reading

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Elements Showcase, A Different Kind of Fragrance Show

I’m excited about the second round of the new fragrance trade show, Elements Showcase, next Monday and Tuesday here in New York. The first one, in January, was a revelation: unlike other trade shows, there was grid of aisles, nor … Continue reading

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Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda and the Fresh Smell of Celery

In yesterday’s post about Serge Lutens’ Jeux de Peau, the fragrance that smells like “buttered toast,” I mentioned that a friend detected notes of celery in it, specifically Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda. As promised, I cracked open a can of … Continue reading

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Ambergris as a Cocktail Ingredient

I was all excited when I started reading Derek Brown’s post on the Atlantic‘s Drinking blogs about ambergris as a cocktail ingredient until I read this part: Grate 5 grams of Ambergris (please keep in mind that this is approximately … 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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