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Asian Inspirations

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Asian Inspirations is one of six eau de parfums in the Murano Collection launched in 2013 by Italian niche line The Merchant of Venice.

The name of the house is taken from the title of Shakespeare’s play, which was written around 1596 and whose title character is a wealthy Venetian merchant named Antonio - not the Shylock, the Jewish moneylender – and recalls a time when Venice was the centre of trade with the East, when exotic spices, silks foods and incense came through its ports.

According to their website, the Murano Collection, so named because the bottles are based on designs from master glass blowers of Murano,” speaks about the long journeys from the fascinating cities of the Orient to the enchantment of Venice, the main destination of the ancient Mediterranean routes. The spices, the aromas, and the rare essences were expertly selected by the Merchant from among those that were most aspired and precious. The masterly expertise of the time-honoured Venetian traditions turns an enchanted journey into a dream.”

Asian Inspirations is a swooner and I fell for it hard and fast when I first smelled it.

It opens with a tart citrus-sweet note of bitter orange and green, aromatic sage. I love the way the fruitiness of the orange plays off the peppery sage perfectly giving the opening a fresh, herbal depth. But this is just the start, there is much more to come. The fresh herbal depth sets up a note vetiver at the heart bringing out its grassy, rooty, woody goodness that just lingers until white cedar adds more woodiness. Benzoin at the base echoes the resinous aspect of the white cedar while adding a gentle hint of vanilla sweetness.

The drydown is dry, aromatic and deliciously green. So well executed that I can smell all the notes, especially the vetiver, at the drydown but they flow together, work together complementing one another other to create a gorgeous sillage.

Asian Inspirations is a unisex fragrance. It has enough heft to be worn by a man, but on a woman that heft reads as cultivated.

Notes: bitter orange, sage, vetiver, white cedar benzoin

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Lorenzo Vidal

Price: $5.00