Espresso Royale (Sebastiane)

Perfume-wise, Espresso Royale benefits from one of the best openers I've experienced in a long time. Triangulated somewhere between Yohji Yamamoto's Yohji Homme, Serge Lutens' Un Bois Vanille, and Thierry Mugler's A*Men Pure Coffee, this intense, roasted coffee-bean essence jolts the senses precisely like the substance after which it is named. It even conceals a fleeting, marvelous tinge of anise biscotti... but then, pray tell, where does it all go? Never did the effects of a shot of real espresso fade so quickly, or with so much self-effacement. Besides reapplication, I wish there was a way to make it stick around forever. If only it came in a concentrate, like Folger's Crystals. It wouldn't even need to be fancy... just as long as it wasn't decaffeinated.

Scent Elements: Rum, coffee, hazelnut, caramel, tonka