Among woods, definitely patchouli is the most exuberant, and this roaring temper is love or hate just like it happens with great men. Among the new proposals seen in Florence at Pitti Fragranze (finally available), the one that drove patchouli fans fall like me hopelessly mad about it is Gattopardo, Antonio Alessandria‘s latest creation that brings us one more time dancing our way to his beloved Sicily.
The rhythm is given by the famous Verdi’s brilliant waltz Nino Rota wanted for Luchino Visconti’s movie. The poise and the lion’s roar are the ones of the Prince of Salina giving his arm to the beautiful Angelica, luminous like the orange blossoms running through her hair. Looking at Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster twirling around, who’s not fallen helplessly in love with Palermo? Who’s not dreamt for a while to turn back time to 1860 as a guest of the great ball in the opulent halls of Valguarnera-Gangi Palace, vestige of a glorious past?
|Villa Boscogrande in Palermo|
In the end the dinner is served: through laces and fine porcelain the delights of the Sicilian table break through the basenotes. What lasts on skin for many hours is a sumptuous, nostalgic embrace revealing under the strength of cedarwood the noble soul of the Prince and the love for traditions with the sweetness of almond pastry. Not to be missed, the "exotic" crunchy seduction or bitter cocoa sprinkled hazelnut pralines bears traces of the Sicilian cultural melting pot distilled here in a recherche du temps perdu that’s the essence of the most authentic and noble Italian elegance.
Topnotes: bergamot, fig milk, whisky accord
Heartnotes: geranium, iris, patchouli
Basenotes: benzoin, hazelnut, almond, cocoa powder, beeswax, cedarwood, musky and ambery notes
This review was originally published in collaboration with Studio Olfattivo