In­spired by bar essentials rang­ing from rum to Ries­ling, these boozy fra­grances let you have your drink, and wear it too.

Epicure - - CONTENTS - By Shamilee Vellu

Spir­ited Scents

Have you ever loved a wine so much, you wished you could en­joy it all the time? This is pos­si­ble with niche per­fumes that evoke the ol­fac­tory bou­quet of iconic wines, and spirits, from Chardon­nays to Cog­nacs. Cross-pol­li­na­tion between the worlds of wine and spirits with that of per­fume is only nat­u­ral – smell, is af­ter all, such an in­te­gral part of the tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Just ask Ryan Clift of Tip­pling Club, who de­buted a per­fume-themed cock­tail menu of 12 drinks with en­tic­ing monikers, such as Blush of Rose, San­dal­wood and Bloody Cologne ear­lier this year. Ac­cord­ing to Clift, each drink fea­tures the “top notes, mid notes and base notes” struc­ture of a clas­sic fra­grance.

Much like how bar­tenders may use a per­fume’s fra­grance struc­ture in their cock­tails, so too do per­fumers cre­ate fra­grances that al­lude to cer­tain types of wine and spirits, whether it’s the light fruiti­ness of a Sauvi­gnon Blanc, or the savoury smoke of a mez­cal. So in­ter­twined are the worlds of fra­grance and wine that some wine­mak­ers have be­come per­fumers. Hen­nessy Co­gnac heir Kil­ian Hen­nessy’s epony­mous per­fume line, By Kil­ian’s (www.byk­il­ lat­est range, the Cel­lar Icons Set, is de­signed to recre­ate his child­hood mem­o­ries of the fam­ily cel­lars, with its “very strong woodsy, vanilla smell that is a com­bi­na­tion of the oak bar­rels with the sugar of the spirits.”

Mean­while, Mai­son Ginestet (www.mai­, a French Bordeaux wine spe­cial­ist, teamed up with a Grasse per­fumer to de­velop fra­grances that show­case the hues and aro­mas of Bordeaux wines. Its Botry­tis per­fume (which comes in a fla­con topped with a gold grape leaf) is a sweet elixir in­spired by the famed sweet wines of the Sauternes re­gion, while La Boise ex­presses the aro­mas of new wood, vanilla and red wine and is pre­sented in a minia­ture wine bot­tle.

With its notes of white peach, An­jou pear, berg­amot and rasp­berry leaf, Notes of Ries­ling of­fers an al­lur­ing homage to its light, flow­ery, high­acid­ity in­spi­ra­tion.

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