PENHALIGON'S Portraits: Roaring Radcliff

The boozy opening had a bit of a whiff of dark rum, but only in a very nonspecific way.  Soon the tobacco note comes to the fore, which is sweetened by a bland  tonka-syrupy flavour - imagine the factory production at Mac Baren’s gone terribly wrong. 

The spicy gingerbread - Christmas season! - is similarly unexciting, but conceptually it fits in with the rest of this mixture. 

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.  

This winter scent is based on a nice idea, but the ingredients are too synthetic and generic to convince.  2.75/5.  

One wonders what the Portrait series thought up by the Barcelona-based family-owned fashion group Puig is trying to achieve, apart form presenting rather primitive caricatures of certain stereotyped cliches.  This is surprising, as Puig has s history of making better fragrances.