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Leather, Black Tea, & Clove

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This one is called Leather, Black Tea, and Clove, but on me, it is more like Clove, Black Tea, and Leather. The clove is the star here throughout wear, and it's a non-cinnamon-y variety, backed by a prominent, non-anise-like black tea note, followed by a bit of slightly sharp, but not chemical-y black leather. Very goth, and much more pleasant than I thought it would be.

 

I will be hanging on to my decant. :cthulhu: 

Edited by doomsday_disco

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Leather, Black Tea and Clove on me is a clove-spiced tea -- not chai, there's no milkiness or other spices -- with a subdued leather note, and the whole thing is a tiny bit soapy.  Like a high-end gentlemen's soap that you'd pay a lot of money for in a quirky boutique.  It lasts really well on me, and it put me in mind of a very clean pirate.  But I was hoping for more leather and no soap at all. 

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at the beginning it's mostly black tea with just a little hint of clove in it. it's fresher than i would've thought. on me the black tea note remains the strongest and i do finally get some leather after being on the skin 30 minutes+ but it's a soft suedey leather, not a strong one at all. i really love this leather too, just wish there was more of it!

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This smelled harsh in the bottle when I first got it, so I set it aside for a few weeks.  Now it reminds me of a black tea that I own that's scented/flavored with bergamot oil.  It smells like the dry tea, a little smoky, slightly bitter and very citrusy-lemony with only a teensy hint of dusty leather.  After two hours of wear, all of that has disappeared and I'm left with a dry, spicy, sweet clove single note.  I love clove, so that works for me.

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Clove tea and a whiff of leather. This is basically an amped up on steroids black tea for me. Masculine, definitely. Love the dry spice clove throughout though. Medium throw and wear length.

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In the bottle, the first impression is clove, then soft leather, then black tea. The leather might stand out to me more because this reminds me a fair bit of Dead Leaves, Raw Leather, Bourbon Vanilla, & Clove, and so that leather/clove combo is familiar to me. Comparing what's in the bottle to how it fared on my skin, there's a slight sweetness in the bottle that gets lost on my skin. This doesn't morph significantly otherwise, staying mostly clove-forward with black tea (no milk or other spices here) and leather. It's definitely a soft, worn leather note, not the sharp smell you can sometimes get with black leather notes. This does lean a bit more traditionally masculine, but will definitely be putting it in my rotation come fall.

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