Since 2005, I’ve ignored Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale. I got all upset once I started reading reviews that said it wasn’t a gingery, green sushi-inspired perfume with cold, salty white rice. I’m so literal; I know! At the time, I lived in an area that didn’t carry Bois 1920. I sure wasn’t going to order a sample of this spicy, comfort scent. It wouldn’t of appealed to me at that time anyways. Well, times have changed and it’s almost 2011. It’s cold and rainy here in Seattle. I have spent my winter vacation wanting to bake spiced family recipes and surround myself with vanilla and leather scented candles. Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale, a spicy amber perfume, fits right in with my current mood.
Spice lovers, please tell me you love Sushi Imperiale! It’s good, right? Sushi Imperiale reminds me of ginger beer at first. The citrus notes are effervescent and bubbly. The citrus isn’t alone. It really is there to highlight the already emerging spice! It reminds me of sniffing/drinking a really nice artisanal, possibly homemade, ginger beer. The Pacific Northwest knows how to do this right! Ginger, lemon, peppercorns…check out a “Seattle” recipe here. Sushi Imperiale remains effervescent and mellows out just like ginger beer or ginger ale does towards the bottom of the glass. I get lots of spice. There’s pepper. There’s nutmeg. There’s lots of cinnamon. There’s anise. It’s very comforting and reminds me of Chinese Five Spice or Pae-Lo. There’s a healthy dose of vanilla and toasted tonka bean that adds dimension. This sweet base makes Sushi Imperiale seem more like a dessert instead of a Pae-Lo stew. I assume for most people, Sushi Imperiale reminds them of Christmas and all of the delicious, warm baked goods associated with the season or maybe even fresh, homemade apple cider…I do pick up apple in this. Because of all of these notes, I’m reminded of Rosh Hashanah and masanada (an apple compote with spice and lemon, sometimes with honey). Regardless of holiday, Sushi Imperiale is a feast! And the wonderful thing is that Sushi Imperiale is sheer enough not to leave one feeling overindulged or nauseous. The dry-down is creamy vanilla pudding.
Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale reminds of wonderful things: niche beverages and fall/winter holiday celebrations. I’m very happy that I tried this one. It’s a light-wearing, effervescent gourmand/amber. Like I said, you won’t reel “overindulged”. It’s perfect for fall and winter wear because it’s warm and spicy. But, I do see this working the rest of the year because of the lightweight and effervescence, maybe it wears more “ginger beer” during the summer?
Notes listed include citrus, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla.
Give Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale a try if you like sweet but spicy fragrances or scents like Strange Invisible Arunima, Serge Lutens Rousse, and/or L’Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brulant. Or if you are looking for something that reminds you of ginger beer.
A 3.4 oz bottle of Sushi Imperiale retails for $135-$180 and can be found at C.O. Bigelow. I almost about had cow when I found out fragrancenet.com is carrying select Bois 1920 scents on discount, seriously, on discount, like $150.
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