Name: Twenty One
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Bewitching Brews
Scent Description and Notes: “I like to drink martinis
Two at the very most.
Three, I’m under the table,
Four, I’m under my host.
— Dorothy Parker
A tribute to New York’s 21 Club on West 52nd, formerly the speakeasy Jack & Charlie’s Puncheon Club. This is the scent of the perfect martini:
The Perfect Martini, as an idea, has infinite possibilities. For me, the Dry Martini remains an American symbol of elusive perfection, a kind of pagan Holy Grail. The dedicated Martini drinker views this deceptively simple cocktail as a true if fleeting, salvation, … As in religion, one may not have actually witnessed the Conception of the Perfect Martini, but one accepts on faith that it exists, and that it takes away the sins of the earth.
— The Martini, Barnaby Conrad III
This scent is dedicated to all the mods on the BPAL forum as thanks for their hard work, friendship, and for all they do to make the forum a pleasant, safe, and friendly place.“ – bpal.org
Oil Color: A faintly yellow, creamy color.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with the name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.
- ITI: Twenty One reminds me of the Lab’s Champagne scents. It’s bright and bubbly like their champagne notes, but there is a touch of citrus in there along with something lightly but pleasantly herbal.
- Wet: Woo, that’s bubbly. It reminds me not of a martini in the strictest but of sparkling champagne, juniper berries, and mimosas. It’s certainly very festive.
- Dry: Yep, it still smells like the Lab’s dried champagne note paired with a touch of lemon rind, but I do pick up on the vermouth now that it has had time to settle. It’s not so much a straight up martini, but a a sparkling martini, which I could get behind.