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Scent Name: The Drunkard’s Dream

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods III

Scent Description and Notes: “The drunk in the graveyard raised his bottle to his lips. One of the gravestones flipped over, revealing a grasping corpse; a headstone turned around, flowers replaced by a grinning skull. A wraith appeared on the right of the church, while on the left of the church something with a half-glimpsed, pointed, unsettlingly birdlike face, a pale, Boschian nightmare, glided smoothly from a headstone into the shadows and was gone. Then the church door opened, a priest came out, and the ghosts, haunts, and corpses vanished, and only the priest and the drunk were left alone in the graveyard. The priest looked down at the drunk disdainfully, and backed through the open door, which closed behind him, leaving the drunk on his own.

The clockwork story was deeply unsettling. Much more unsettling, thought Shadow, than clockwork has any right to be.

“You know why I show that to you?” asked Czernobog.


“That is the world as it is. That is the real world. It is there, in that box.”

Red currant and labdanum with opoponax, vetiver, grave moss, white sandalwood, and khus. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/the-drunkards-dream/

Oil Color: The color of barrel-aged whiskey.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, yellow letters along the bottom of the bottle, just above the smaller white block font of the company name.  The name of the collection is in even smaller white block font along the top of the label. The label art is as follows:

  • ITB:  Vibrant red currant surrounded by what almost smells like a champagne note make my nose tingle upon first sniff.  There’s some resins just behind that almost champagne note along with khus, which shimmies forth as a mid to bottom tone.
  • Wet: If this is the Drunkard’s Dream, I can certainly see why it would be so alluring.  The red currant virtually sparkles against the sandalwood and opoponax, while the  vetiver and khus lift the scent from the base, allowing the scent to be almost festive (red currant) against the resins and subtle darker notes.
  • Dry: After 14 hours, this scent is still lovely.  The red currant is soft but still tartly fruity, yet balanced by the sandalwood and opoponax, which are still clear.  There’s a faint khus hint, but the green notes have largely vanished.

Other Impressions: “I’m just getting faint powder and…like clove?” – Tony