I first heard whispers about Juniper Sling a year ago. Penhaligon’s doing a gin scent? Brilliant! Both Penhaligon’s and gin have a rich British heritage, and it almost seemed strange they didn’t already have one.
When I heard the perfumer was Olivier Cresp (of Angel fame), it was time to get a little overexcited. I just knew that I would love Juniper Sling, months before I’d even sniffed the stuff.
So when Penhaligon’s invited bloggers to the launch party at the Covent Garden boutique, with the promise of gin cocktails, I jumped at the chance. You don’t need to ask me twice if there will be gin involved!
The scent itself is bright, crisp, refreshing, spicy, smooth, and warm all at once. Opening on a tingly pepper-angelica-cardamom combination, the gin vibe is immediately apparent but it doesn’t feel alcoholic or as though you have dabbed some Gordon’s on (maybe instead some Tanqueray Ten, which is much smoother). The crispness from the juniper also quite cool and refreshing.
A blend of amber and powdery orris bring a warm, sexier side to the scent, which was truly unexpected. It isn’t overly powdery, but you can feel that powderiness softening the scent. A slightly gourmand side from the brown sugar and cherry also bring a sweetness, but it’s tempered with a suede-like leather note and vetiver.
In my opinion Penhaligon’s deserve to have a huge success with this fragrance, it is a brilliant scented image of my favourite tipple which is easily wearable by anyone. Juniper Sling is very much a unisexy fragrance.
Head Notes: Cinnamon, Orange Brandy, Angelica, Juniper Berry
Heart Notes: Cardamom, Leather, Black Pepper, Orris Wood
Base Notes: Brown Sugar, Black Cherry, Vetiver, Ambrox
[based on a sample provided by Penhaligon’s, have I mentioned I like gin yet?]