If you've ever savored high-quality cognac, you've explored its complex aromas of dried fruit, spices, leather, amber and wood, with the vanillic touch imparted by oak casks… For its seventh scent, 1697, named after the year the Frapin family was ennobled by Louis XIV, the venerable cognac distiller drew on the talent of Bertrand Duchaufour to translate these aromas into fragrance for an exceptional limited edition of 1697 bottles.
The fragrance opens with a bright, searing blast of Jamaican rum rounded off by the dried fruit facets of davana and cabreuva spiked with pink pepper. When the rum burns off, the patchouli and cistus essence core emerges to express the woody ambery facets of cognac. But there's also a bouquet growing out of that bottle: a classic harmony of rose and jasmine to which ylang-ylang adds a warm, solar note. Clove picks up the spicy facets of the ylang; cinnamon adds its burning sweetness to cassie absolute. Balsamic base notes – dominated by vanilla and tonka bean – linger on the skin, along with a sweet milkiness and the slightly burnt, licorice effect of myrrh.
This is the stuff angels stir with their wings when they fly over the vineyards where the “liqueur of the gods” is distilled. One sniff and you'll be light-headed. We decline any responsibility for the consequences...
Cabreuva, davana, Jamaican rum, cistus, pink pepper, jasmine sambac, hawthorn, ylang ylang, clove, cinnamon, dried fruit, rose, ambergris, tonka bean, myrrh, patchouli, cedar, white musks, vanilla
Scent Split, great store! Frapin 1697 smells like burnt plastic and fruit with the top notes but dries down (5 hours later) into something almost magical.