Initially a lemony welcome greets me, tempered by bergamot and always herbal with mild sweetness. After about thirty minutes neroli comes forward, with a bit of labdanum, and a delightfuk green lavender.
The heart notes are floral, with muguet in the foreground and mixing with the labdanum very cleverly. A basil untertone adds further depth.
Distinct mossy notes developing later joined by a musky woody note, without specific sandal characteristics on me.
Throughout the life of the scent there is always a herbal, dry bitterness with a touch of soapiness and after the initial note there is no sweetness at all when I am wearing it. It is always a elegantly restrained.
I get moderate sillage and very good projection. For a Penhaligon's Eau de Cologne the longevity is astounding; after eight hours it is still present on my skin, albeit quite close to it - perfect for work. By comparison, Blenheim Bouquet disappears on me after an hour or two.
A great and masterfully composed chypre cologne. 4.25/5