Gold by Undergreen

Year: 2012

Notes: grapefruit, lime, cardamom, ginger, lemon tree leaf, orange blossom, labdanum, myrrh, benzoin, tonka bean, Tolu balsam
Gold is supposedly inspired by "gold, warmth and the richness of life".

Behaving like a spicy-aromatic, with lively and spicy top notes, the cardamom is well-behaved and the ginger is detectable. While it lasts, the orange blossom is focused and unobstructed, with the ginger dancing around the peripheries. With a resinous base, the drydown isn't as sweet as originally anticipated, with some frankincense arising with unexpected regularity.

However, soon the composition completely falls apart – smelling chalky, peppery, vapid and incessantly hollow. While the opening provided some promise, the drydown is utterly terrible. Both lasting power and projection are below average.