Well, with their latest foray into mens fragrances, my often-overlooked sweet little bird brand once again makes a great stride to be burned into my dizzying mental rotation. Now it need be said that since discovering the ecstasy of gaberdine and gum soles, I have also developed an incredible affection for scents and fragrances. So my secret little cherry on top brand Original Penguin releasing an eclectic new fragrance, Premium Blend, seems kismet.
Why eclectic? The packaging features a bottle that is similar to the icy-frosted glass of a nice vodka bottle which gives it a nice old-fashioned and special apothecary-like feel to it. Then the eclecticism furthers on with the fresh scent. Master Perfumer Harry Frémont created a refined arrangement of notes for Premium Blend. It features top notes of eye-opening soothing bergamot, the citrus pop of fresh lime peel and the coolness of sweet wild spearmint. The background notes balance off the sweet top notes lovely with the infusion of a full-bodied spicy musk, herbal woody vetiver and clean smoky driftwood.
Premium Blend is a very interesting scent to smartly take with you into this Spring/Summer season. I must say that this is a very balanced fragrance that can work well for either day or evening. The sweet familiars of the bergamot and lime remind me of my favorite morning tea with a hint of the garnish of my most beloved cocktails. The musk, vetiver and driftwood work well together to allow the sweet notes to pop without overpowering them as they come through with a deep, sexy and quite masculine secondary aroma. So it appears that now I have a new fragrance that, like my coolly colored Heritage Fit shirts, give me the best of both worlds of fun & fresh and bold &sexy. Original Penguin 'Premium Blend' is available now at Nordstrom, Dillards, Lord & Taylor, The Buckle, Boscov's and at all Original Penguin boutiques.