Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Penhaligon's - Juniper Sling Review + Giveaway!

With all things Art Deco proving terribly de rigeur right now, September 2011 marks the introduction of a new fragrance to the Penhaligon's perfume portfolio: "Juniper Sling" - a scent inspired by the widely revered spirit London Dry Gin, and one that pays hommage to the Art Deco age.

Responsible for such iconic perfumes as Thierry Mugler's Angel and Christian Dior's Dune, Olivier Cresp is the nose behind this creation. When approaching Juniper Sling, Cresp has drawn upon his vast history and knowledge to create a scent which not only tips its hat to a celebrated cocktail, but also embodies an entire era - the colourful roaring 20's.

Juniper Sling is a startlingly smooth blend which opens with a bit of 'razzle-dazzle'... a shot of crisp gin, sappy juniper and a scattering of black pepper fire up the senses, whilst soft leather, cinnamon and dusty iris give the scent a tranquil, narcotising quality. There is no doubt that this perfume smells like an exceptionally good cocktail... it is somehow diaphanous, yet complex. I find its biting orange brandy note and huff of angelica make it delectably fragrant, whilst a hint of black cherry and brown sugar in the base lend themselves to a lip-smacking drydown. Despite these food-like accords, Juniper Sling veers away from the gourmand and maintains its vibe more as a delicately-refined tipple. Vetiver and ambergris (Ambrox) in the base also lend a sense of clean, green transparency.
Decidedly unisex in style, this is a cocktail I'd like to swallow whole and then come back for more. If applied liberally on the skin (as it tends to be a little fleeting), Juniper Sling will have you love-drunk before the night is over.

Below, the playful marketing video in support of the launch.


Three lucky Sorcery of Scent readers will win each a carded sample of Juniper Sling (pictured below). To enter the draw, simply leave a message in the comments field below, explaining why you'd like to try Juniper Sling. Please ensure you include an email address in your answer or on your linked profile so that you can be contacted if you're a winner. Winners names will be drawn at random and posted on the website next week.

Good luck!


dukeofpallmall said...

Well, I love juniper, whether as London dry or Borovička and the Art Deco era is by far my favorite design period, so I simply must try this :-).

MonkeyManMatt said...


As a fellow Scandinavian fragrance lover I would love to try this new and seemingly exciting blend. Seems perfect for crisp autumn days.

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30 Roses said...

My husband likes Penhaligon's fragrances and It sounds like Juniper Sling might be up his alley; would love to try it.

Matt said...

In addition to perfume, I happen to be a lover of classic cocktails, so anytime the two come together I am overjoyed! I would love to give this a try!

ll graham said...

I like gin, I like perfume. This sounds like a good match for me.

David Toms said...

Ok, being a lover of gin and tonics, Singapore slings and Lubin's Gin Fizz, I do think I am a perfect canditate to try this little offering!

Isa said...

I usually love Penhaligon's scents, so I can't wait to try this one. I loved Sartorial a lot too.
Juniper Sling has some of my favorite notes in it: juniper, cinnamon, pepper...
At least, reading your review almost made my mouth water, so the fragrance must be wonderful.

Please, enter me in the draw. Thanks!

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Effy said...

I thought that this time might be my lucky one (post-wise!).

Plus i am always intrigued to smell new perfumes by the way you present them!


ccdouglass said...

I'd like to try Juniper Sling because I have never had the opportunity to try any Penhaligon fragrance, and I'm hoping that this will be my first opportunity! Many thanks!

Wayne Bevan said...

I find there's always a time for gin.
Juniper Sling, with a warm heart and a rustic top, peppery notes with an autumn twist, like a brisk walk in the woods.
I can imagine perfectly how it smells. Or can I?

Remi said...

Sounds lovely! Love juniper in fragrances. Count me in!

Scott said...

Please enter me...winter has decended a month early in San Francisco and with all the dreary rain I could use a pick me up. Thanks, Dimitri!

James said...

I would like to win a Juniper Sling sample because I have never won a free draw in my life! ;) Also, I would like to sniff the latest Penhaligon's creation as I love several of their fragrances. Thanks!

Mimi Gardenia said...

I just LOVE the box and bottle , Dimi - it's so sleek and gorgeous looking. Please enter me in for the draw.

Anonymous said...

This one sounds really interesting. I love all things art deco and would appreciate the opportunity to try this scent. Please enter me in the draw. Layla.

Anonymous said...

I was walking past your shop in Chester and I picked up a ribbon sprayed with Juniper Gin and I fell in love, couldn't afford it at the time, but will hopefully be able to soon.

a.k.a. Warum said...

I love Penhaligon's scents, especially men's scents -- in fact, one of my favorite perfumes EVAH is Blenheim Bouquet, marketed as a gentleman's scent, but I wear it with ease.

Another reason to try this -- I love gin, juniper, and Art Deco.

Warum at Basenotes