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Launched 2011 by indie pefume house Taur Perfumes, Zeta is self-taught perfumer Andy Tauer’s ode to summer.

It opens with lemon and bergamot sweetened with orange. The citrus notes here are soft and seductive, not sharp or bracing and they ease to a floral heart of subtle, jasmine-nuanced ylang ylang, supported by sweet floral orange blossom absolute, which echoes the scent of jasmine, tempered with a fresh green note from neroli. Zeta is citrus laden for sure, but what holds it back from being citrus dominated is the addition of honey like, green, powdery linden at the heart.

Linden trees are in bloom right now and their early summer fragrance wafts through my neighbouthood. The linden note in Zeta is delicate and true, without the harshness that a synthetic linden note has. And that whiff of honey I get every now and again draws my nose back to my wrist, like a bee to a flower. Mr. Tauer does love a rose note and there’s a lush, gorgeous one here that rounds out the floral heart perfectly. At the base, fragrant, slightly bitter orris root grounds the florals, giving them a more natural dimension. Vanilla extends the sweetness to the base where sandalwood gives it a soft woodiness that keeps the sweetness in check.

The drydown is delicate, tender like a day in early summer, while having the feel of luxury. Andy nailed it – Zeta is an ode to summer.

Full summer will be here soon enough – hot, muggy, sweaty but with its own pleasures. For now I’m going to slow down those clocks, drag my feet, drag time and hold on to these halcyon days of June and I’m going to do it by wearing Zeta.

Notes: lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, ylang ylang, orange blossom absolute, neroli, linden blossom, rose, orris, vanilla and sandalwood.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Andy Tauer

Price: $6.00