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The Great Sword of War

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Mandarin, tonka, saffron, black tea, cocoa, tobacco leaf, sanguine red musk and five classical herbs of conflict.


The Great Sword of War doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Foody or sultry? Right off the bat it's mandarin-red musk-tobacco, with a little chocolate. I never get the tea, but my skin often swallows up tea notes, so that's not surprising; the saffron is quiet, too. The last time I tested this I was certain I knew at least one of the classical herbs of conflict, but now I can't remember what I thought it was. The red musk takes over a bit, as red musk tends to do on me. The result is kind of strange, and I'm not sure where I would wear it, though I love the name and the concept.

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This blend does have some chocolatey-ness to it. But I wouldn't call it a foody chocolate. It's more earthy and not over sweet.


There is a melange of some leafy notes. I think the tobacco ends up on top, though there is a bit of the tea. The tobacco in this isn't too strong or unpleasant. Sometimes I don't like it. Here, it's okay.


I think the red musk lends a sort of incense quality to this without being too distinct otherwise.


I do get a bit of something herbal, but I can't place what herbs exactly. 


I do get the tiniest bit of tonka and saffron, on about the same layer, but they're extremely mild.


I actually don't get anything citrusy at all, no mandarin to speak of.


Not a terrible blend, but it does fade really quickly on me.

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