An Evening with the Spirits, black tea, BPAL, limited edition, mahogany, oak, oak wood, polished mahogany, tea, vanilla, vanilla husk, wood, wood polish, yule, Yule 2017, Yule 2017: An Evening with the Spirits, Yules, Yules 2017
Scent Name: A Hailstorm of Knitting-Needles
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2017: An Evening with the Spirits
Scent Description and Notes: ““At a late period in the evening, after nearly three hours of experiment, Mrs Hayden having risen, and talking at another table while taking refreshment, a child suddenly called out, ‘Will all the spirits who have been here this evening rap together?’ The words were no sooner uttered than a hailstorm of knitting-needles was heard, crowded into certainly less than two seconds; the big needle sounds of the men, and the little ones of the women and children, being clearly distinguishable, but perfectly disorderly in their arrival.”
– Augustus de Morgan
Polished mahogany and black tea with a clatter of vanilla husk and oak wood.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/a-hailstorm-of-knitting-needles/
Oil Color: Colorless.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a decanted imp. It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:
- ITI: Sweet, creamy vanilla pods steeped in fragrant black tea infuses the woods with an air repose and comfort, as if reclining in a lovely Victorian home while waiting of tea and some delicious treat to appear.
- Wet: I was anticipating that the mahogany would amp once applied, but I’m surprised to find the oak being the dominant note once on my skin. The black tea dances just underneath that, gently pulling a hint of vanilla husk with it while the tones of wood polish and mahogany add a crispness that reminds me of juniper in a way. That final aspect builds and reorders itself until mahogany and wood polish are more discernible than the vanilla and oak.
- Dry: After 8 hours, much of the subtitles of the scent have dissipated, although I still can tease out the vanilla with a hint of vague wood. I do wish it had lasted a bit longer, but this is an altogether pleasant scent that I could see working any time of year.