moonfish67 07/07/21 03:12
Try to find Black Vetiver Cafe by Jo Malone. They discontinued the thing... :(
"Careful man, there's a beverage here!"
We recently announced a new collection, A Place Of Memories, conceived by Thai perfumer Jutinat Piyaweerawong, owner and art director of Thai perfume brand PROAD. We promised to keep an eye on new additions - and today, we will tell you about another fragrance, Café de Chiang Mai. As the name implies, the fragrance is dedicated to the perfumer's memories of a city in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai.
Coffee, champaca, adult drinks, and jazz; it sounds like a good plan of action! What does the fragrance itself offer? Cafe De Chiang Mai, as a coffee perfume, will not appeal to lovers of old-school double espresso or Americanos for breakfast. Instead of a bitter pulse of energy, it gives a lot of smell, a lot of taste, and plenty of sweetness. This perfume is for lovers of the various sweet syrups in coffee, for those to whom the variety 'coffee-frappuccino' is more important than the true taste of coffee and the proper roasting. 'Sugar and spice, and everything nice' - as it goes in the nursery rhyme.
First, we are greeted by a burst of spicy rum, but not pirate liquor; it's something well-made and well-aged - with spices, raisins, dried fruits, vanilla, and a little bit of alcohol, due to the addition of a creamy liqueur. Or even a mixture of several cream liqueurs - coffee liqueur, cream liqueur, cocoa liqueur. It's like the White Russian cocktail, made based on rum (perhaps there is a special name for such a cocktail? 'White Pirate?' 'White Cuban?'), together with the chocolate-creamy Brandy Alexander cocktail.
Secondly, a very soft and warm floral accord in which rose dominates - it is not easy to spot it in this sweet sandwich between its sweet, creamy cocktail and the gourmand balsamic base, but it is necessary here. It gives the fragrance warmth and life and a little more powder.
And finally, we get the amber base of Cafe De Chiang Mai with a predominance of vanilla, benzoin, and sandalwood. Almost edible, on the border between an amber parfum and a gourmand - maybe in amusement parks, a cotton candy flavor with the taste of the White Russian cocktail would be very popular. And the Big Lebowski would appreciate the smell of his favorite cocktail.
Of the fragrances I know, Black Phantom by Kilian is the most suitable for comparison with Cafe De Chiang Mai by Proad - they go through all the stages of development together. Beside the persistence (where the Thai perfume wins hands down), their differences are minimal: in Black Phantom, there is a clear perfume-like accent on chocolate and patchouli in the base, prolonging the roasted coffee shade, while the accent in Cafe De Chiang Mai by Proad is put on sweetness, the balsamic benzoin, and the creamy sandalwood. You don't even need to talk about the price difference - it is colossal.
The fragrances from the A Place Of Memories 2021 collection are available on the official PROAD website - 30 ml bottles are priced at only 1959 Thai Baht. The next new edition, Akiba by Thai perfumer Tada Archawong, will be released in July 2021, and it will be a different, completely unsweet story.
Top notes: Rum, Bergamot, Neroli, Black Pepper, Hazelnut, and Sugar;
Middle notes: Coffee, Jasmine, Champaca, Violet, Geranium, Rose, and Orchid;
Base notes: Chocolate, Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla, Benzoin, Heliotrope, Amber, and Tobacco.
Sergey Borisov studied Physics at Krasnoyarsk University. He's been known in the Internet perfume world under the nickname moon_fish for more than 15 years. His texts about perfumes have been published in Russian print and online publications such as GQ, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Rake, Glamour, and other magazines. He loves oud oils, as well as vintage perfumes, and notes of leather, vetiver, neroli, and orris. In 2013, Sergey joined the Fragrantica team.
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