5th June: Lots to discuss today. First by Friday of this week I am releasing – with introductory pricing - Costus Root E.O Signature Gold, Persian Royal Rose Otto, Wild Borneo Oud Kinabalu E.O and 4 year aged Buddha Wood E.O. If I get time I will also get the Tea-plantation Kenyan Rose scented Geranium E.O released as well. Also, I am waiting on delivery now of Cis 3 Hexanol N.I and as soon as it arrives it will be put back into stock.
Another priority job now is addressing the new SDS process and from Wednesday, I am going to spend an hour every evening on this task. Thanks btw to those who have volunteered to help with the testing phase. I will be in touch with you all nearer the time. Again, once set up properly, SDS will only be available to those who have purchased the product. Exceptions again will be wild oud, extraits, tinctures and resins. America is now switched on until 14th June at 3pm Italy time for this month. If the workload situation gets out of hand, all other countries will be put on pause. Written as the USA is a unique client – accounting for nearly half of our workload. Normally not an issue but due to circumstances I am without Eleonora and admit that I struggle running Hermitage alone. Lead-time currently stands at 8-10 working days. Thank you, Adam : )
Adam Michael has this to say “The entire body of this D.O.P saffron which is renowned as the worlds finest saffron oozes fulsome leather goodness throughout. The scent of new leather and soft warmth swirl around within the top notes. The heart notes provide never ending leather charm entwined with boozy-oakwood and finished with a splash of spiced fruits. The base notes are rich leathery, warm spicy, with faint fatty floral aldehydic qualities.
Grown in the famous Navelli upland this saffron has a longer and more complex agricultural cycle with exceptionally favourable soil and climate conditions. The result is one of the finest saffrons in the world with a higher content of aromatic compounds compared with the conventional saffrons commonly available.
In my opinion without any doubt this Italian 1% saffron tincture is aromatically light years superior to the previous Spanish material we offered. Vibrant orange in colour and of a pourable viscosity.”
Arctander has this to say “Minute additions to violet perfumes, narcissus or even neroli bases can produce quite beautiful results, unobtainable by other means.”
MissLayla (verified owner) –
I can’t get enough of this stuff! This tincture is a beauty! My best friend is Persian. She is everything Saffron and Rose! Growing up with her is where my love (and knowledge) of saffron began. This Saffron Tincture 1% is rich and versatile. It can pair with anything but it really ramps up fruits, florals, and tobacco to create a fantastic backbone. Very impressed. 4/5 stars only because I wish it lasted longer. It’s not as volatile as citrus, but it dissipates quickly. A note to users: This is a natural material, as with a lot of naturals, they lack staying power. This is not a knock on naturals. This is quality juice!
Kostis Pap (verified owner) –
The characteristic note of Saffron blows the place apart. It has something of an ancient kingdom in it that literally transcends you ages back in time. It’s like Persian clothes designers used to smell saffron to be inspired for the preparation of the Royal family’s upcoming clothing collection. It’s a natural dark and rich leathery note, powerful, warm and boozy but dry and absolutely balsamic. I could see some strong edible notes in the heart, which could be related to the odor of a boiled zucchini put inside a container filled with a myrrh solution, let there to macerate. The leathery note is quite similar in my sense to the osmanthus absolute odor. This one has also an animalic note reminiscent of the violet flower absolute. Some herbaceous notes are obvious too.
thursturston (verified owner) –
This is clearly a carefully produced and aged tincture, made with fine quality saffron.
Saffron has a depth of character that is so fascinating, rich, warm, leathery but also sharp, bitter and plastic like at times, like the most fascinating and beautiful things…it’s a bit of a challenge.
I like the way it stays very pungent as a top note but effectively retreats reasonably quickly in most contexts. I’m working it into leather accords and clearly pairs with rose and oud fantastically well.
Robert (verified owner) –
Whilst this is clearly a gorgeous tincture made from quality materials, the delicate unique aroma blends in all too easily with other things. This should work in your favour if you’re not looking for Saffron to dominate a composition, it certainly has a chameleon character that subtlely enhances almost all it touches
Kristina M (verified owner) –
Saffron, a queen of all spices, and the most expensive spice in the world, appreciated for thousand of years in Egypt, loved by romans, and greeks.
It welcomes me with a kind of hay note, bitter herbaceous, earthy, somehow little sweet as well, medicinal, leathery.
It is so mysterious for me, so multilayered and at the same time just very one and typical note of those dried, heated colored stigmas of crocus flower.
Saffron was one of 11 spices that compounded the sacred incense and sacred anointing oil that were used in Sacred Temple in Israel – but the story about that is another big study.
I like this spice really a lot and will try it with some woods and in floral compositions as well. Really want to play with it with different materials, i think it can play a big role in a fragrance 🙂 🙂 🙂