Rose Week 2012
Ormand Jayne Ta’if is a dry Arabian inspired rose with gourmand notes of saffron, dates, and orange flower absolute. Ta’if is what I wanted so many of the spiced roses that I’ve tried over the years to be.
Ta’if opens up as freshly ground pink pepper, spicy with a little bit of orange flower zest. Ta’if smells dry and hot with a breeze over hillside roses. This rose is dark, delicious, and gourmand. It reminds me of Armenian rose jam spread over crisp, warm bread. The saffron really blooms and adds such a needed character to this jammy rose and toast. The use of saffron in Ta’if is one of my favorite uses of saffron ever in perfume. It adds so much. The dry down of Ta’if is dry, arid amber with a brush of delicate white florals.
Ta’if is a spicy, gourmand rose that smells modern, sophisticated. It’s not overly spice market literal like some Serge Lutens scents and it’s not overly “dark” and loud like Montale scents. I find it very easy to wear.
Notes listed include pink pepper, saffron, dates, rose oil, freesia, orange flower absolute, jasmine, broom, and amber.
Give Ta’if a try if you want a saffron-rose or if you like perfumes like L’Artisan Parfumeur Saffran Troublant, Lancôme Magnifique, Amouage Lyric Man, By Kilian Rose Oud, and/or Montale Moon Aoud. I believe that Ta’if is unisex but I feel it leans more towards the feminine end of the spectrum because of its composition.
Projection and longevity of this fragrance is above average. One spray lasts me all day. But, it does wear closely to the skin after a few hours.
The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $126 at Ormonde Jayne.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION: Saffron rose jam on amber toast. A beautiful fragrance and a joy to wear. It’s one of my favorite Ormonde Jayne scents and it just may be my first full bottle purchase from this line.
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