When you think about it, perfumery is a lot like mixology. After all, both involve the blending of aromatic materials to create evocative experiences that are a pure delight to enjoy. The only difference is that you really shouldn’t drink perfume and thinking about it, we wouldn’t recommend you wear a cocktail either. Anyway, a while back we looked at beautifully breezy summer cocktails that make you long for Pimm’s in the garden but now, as we’re heading into the colder seasons, we wanted to showcase perfumes that have a much warmer, boozier vibe. Here are four boozy fragrances to keep you warm this winter.
1. Malt Whiskey
This is a perfect winter tipple right here: a nice, sweet and smoky glass of golden bourbon, perhaps with a dash of Coke – ooh, or maybe as a nice, ice -old Old Fashioned, if you’re feeling fancy. Bourbon and whisky both have such a wonderfully complex taste and odour profiles, with notes of amber, hay, smoke and sugar. A*Men Pure Malt captures the sweet, boozy character of bourbon, shaking it with coffee, cedar and vanilla to create a warm, malted fragrance with a whisky kick.
To quote Captain Jack Sparrow “Why is the rum always gone?” And the answer to that questions is “because we drank it”. Rum is such a versatile drink, and it brings a sugary, caramelised tone to any cocktail it graces with its presence. In Bulgari Man in Black rum is expertly blended with warm spices, black leather and luxurious spices to create a plush, comforting and devilishly handsome fragrance that is way more dapper than Jack Sparrow could ever be.
For a cheekier winter drink, how about the bitter almond tones of Amaretto? This liqueur has one of the most distinct flavours. It is smooth, sweet like cherries, but also dark and bitter. This instantly makes me think of Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire – a dazzling, effervescent fragrance that blends rose with black cherry, smoky tea, almond, liquorice and patchouli, all inspired by the chic, flirtatious nature of the little black dress. It smells like a fancy cocktail of black tea and amaretto, served with bright red rose petals for an extravagant twist.
And now for something fresher! Just because we’re headed into autumn and winter, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a drink with a bit more of a lighter touch. The best for this is gin because it brings freshness but also a richness in herbs and resins. One fragrance that perfectly captures the spirit of an ice-cold G&T is Eternity for Men – a classic from Calvin Klein that blends a tart, piquant juniper note (a key gin ingredient – a ‘gingredient’, if you will) with lavender, lemon and a breeze of white musk. It has serious ‘90s vibes and is so easy to wear; you’ll never find an occasion that it doesn’t suit.