PENHALIGON'S The Ruthless Countess Dorothea

The opening bergamot note is not the usual bright and chirpy version, but more of the darker and mellowed side, albeit not without a certain attenuated freshness.  

The drydown turns sweet, with a gingerbread impression being fattened up by an underlying cinnamon.  Sweet but never cloying.  

 The base has a somewhat boozy aroma to it, but I cannot identify any convincing Sherry here.  The softness brought into the game by the cashmeran adds depth and creaminess.  

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

A pleasant autumnal creation that is not without originality in its design but too synthetic to truly entice. 2.75/5