Getting Tipsy at the Fragrance Counter: The Glenlivet-Inspired Cologne

The first time I drank an overly tall glass of Fernet, I felt most certainly that I would be permanently scented something like Tom Ford’s Tuscan Leather (they are remarkably similar to one another in smell and both have the effect of making you feel stately, grand, and quite cozy.) As the green liquid grew smaller in my glass, I found it easier to imagine a cohesively Fernet-scented life. How wonderful would it be if your signature drink and scent were the same? You could probably get away with more inappropriately early daytime drinking. Not saying you would. But you could.

Apparently I’m not the only one dreaming of the life most blotto: an artisanal fragrance house in Brooklyn called D.S. & Durga has partnered with The Glenlivet, a single malt Scotch whisky better known for its drinkability than scenting. But we all take a moment to savor those spicy aromatics before taking a sip, and now there exists HYLNDS Spirit of the Glen, a prairie-switchgrass, smelted iron, and sherry cask-scented unisex fragrance reminiscent of The Glenlivet 18 year old whisky. Not to mention the bottle is beautiful. I’m a sucker for clean packaging.

“Fragrance and whisky are both transporting liquids, their aromatic cues conjure up memories, dreams, and images in your mind,” says David Moltz, D.S. & Durga’s perfumer. Yes, dreams, dreams of perpetual Fernet or Glenlivet envelopment, apparently.

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