Amouages do not waste time when it comes to opening up. Even more than Montales, and certainly more than Serge Lutens perfumes, they hit the road- that road being the Silk Road-at high speeds. The trouble with all that acceleration,all that pick up, is their power. Some of the Amouages are simply overwhelming. They feel like one of those sports cars with way too much horsepower under the hood. You can’t get the feel of the accelerator because every time you press down a centimeter or two, the car zooms half way to sixty, scares the lights out of you, and you were just trying to back out of the driveway. Amouage gets me like that. Yeah, I like a Maserati. A lot, but do I think I can drive one credibly?
Last year I was given a pair of samples, Interlude for Man and Woman, and, they were simply uncontrollable. There were totally incense fueled, and I couldn’t quite figure their engine capacities out. How much mileage could I get out of one of these babies? It turned out that I could get a lot. I meant a LOT. They were still running the next morning when I got up bleary eyed for a coffee pit stop. There was no way they were going to stall while a single molecule of incense remained on my wrist. It felt less like sampling a perfume than driving at a rally. The Man one was completely and utterly too much power. Seriously, the torque on that formula would have suited a Hummer. I had to just climb down out of the driver’s seat, and it felt like climbing down from a Monster Truck.
Interlude Woman was sleeker and smaller (thank heavens), but still overpowered, still with that insane acceleration rate. Driving it was a revelation in centrifigally challenging accelerations, hair pin curves, and how fast the crew could get you back on track (thirty seconds). I came away with a vague memory of iced tea and burning rubber, and that is all that I remember about that test run.
So after my scary experiences behind the wheels of Amouages, it’s nice to report that they also make luxury sedans, and that basically Beloved is one. It was done by Bernard Ellena and most of the florals are in the beginning, some rose, some jasmine, some lavender, and then it is straight civet and incense and violet over more woods and incense, and basically, although it is called a floral it feels like a very comfortable and elegant woody floral.
I could drive this, I really could, and might even arrive at where ever it is that I intended on going. What I want to know is: does it come as a convertible?