Amouage are known for bold and potent fragrances so given that the name of this fragrance is Journey we primed our olfactory senses for a big adventure and off we set..........
The initial aroma has a quick burst of zestiness, which mingles with the spicy top notes of sichuan pepper and cardamom invoking images of a spice market on a warm evening with the heady smell of citrus blossom being brought in on the breeze (rather a lovely thing to be imagining on a cold November day!).
Pretty quickly the leather, tobacco leaf and woody notes make themselves very evident as if we had moved through the spice market to where a group of elegant gentlemen were putting the world to rights, smoking expensive tobacco and drinking something rich. sweet and dark. The conversation goes on long into the night - with the aromas intensifying and swirling around their heads.
The edge of those very bold middle and base notes is tempered with the inclusion of tonka bean (our aroma of the week) a beautiful sweeter base note, as otherwise those big woody/smoky notes could be rather harsh and possibly even unpleasant.
This is a deliciously rich, smooth and very long lasting fragrance, not for the shy wearer. It needs time to develop on your skin. Harry described it as interesting rather than nice - a very accurate observation, you'd need quite an assertive personality to carry this off.
At £185.00 for 50ml this may well be a carefully considered purchase - but one you could keep for those special occasions when you need to stand out, be noticed and remembered.