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I think it’s time I went through my Yule decants.  Then, I’ll go back to the bottles.  I have 8, which are my last, on my desk.  Hopefully, they don’t multiply by the time I finish reviewing my Yule imps.

Scent Name: Le Pere Fouettard

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2013

Scent Description and Notes: “Once upon a time, there lived a stone-hearted, evil butcher and his grasping, covetous wife. Their shop was located near a parochial boarding school in a small village in eastern France. One day, three little boys passed the butcher’s shop. Their clothes were neat and starched, and the wicked couple fancied that they could see gold stitching on the little boys’ shirtcuffs. The butcher’s eyes gleamed with avarice, and he hatched an evil plan to rob the children. His wife enticed the little boys into the shop and fed them poisoned sweets. Her husband then slit their throats, chopped their little bodies into pieces, and put the pieces into barrels. Good Saint Nicholas discovered the monstrous crime, and, through God’s grace, resurrected the little boys. He confronted the vile butcher and forced him to atone for his crime. The butcher became Le Père Fouettard, Saint Nicholas’ partner on his Christmas travels. Dressed in a soot-covered black suit that mirrors Father Christmas’ suit of red and white, he travels with Saint Nick and dispenses coal and floggings to naughty children.

Whip leather, coal dust, gaufrette, and black licorice.

Gaufrette:  A crispy potato-fried like waffle.

Oil Color: – I cannot tell the color of the oil by looking into the brown apothecary bottle.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  his is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the title of the scent in orange, the company acronym in bold, and her decanting information in green. The image is exactly the image on the 5ml bottle, which is displayed below.


  • ITB:  It’s like a warm chocolate-laced pastry with a dusting of licorice.  I’m a bit surprised at how foody (but pleasantly so) this smells.
  • Wet:  Warm gaufrette with delicious black licorice, a touch of leather, but I don’t get coal. It’s more like coffee to me.
  • Dry:  It’s still nicely foody due to the guafrette and licorice.  I get a little coal now, but it is a nice pairing with the other notes.  It reminds me of a hearty winter  meal (pastry, coffee) in the middle of winter, near a crackling fire.
Other Impressions: None.