a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER – 1995 – ♂♀
Top: Bergamot, Mandarin, Neroli
Heart: Sea scent, Green Tea, Black Currant Bud
Base: Sandalwood, Musk
Perfumer: Olivier Creed
Price: $285 for 120ml bottle
Olivier Creed’s inspiration for Silver Mountain Water was the clean, crisp streams that rush through the Swiss Alps. Olivier, a champion skier himself, should know exactly how to put Switzerland in a bottle, right?
Silver Mountain Water opens with a child-like punch of citrus. The bergamot and mandarin here are dried and candied, not freshly squeezed. As a result, the citrus notes are overall less sharp. Perhaps the neroli’s bitterness prevents the bergamot and mandarin from seeming fresh. The citrus opening is unfortunately extremely short-lived. The heart notes are my favorite because of the sea scent, green tea and black currant. These blend nicely with the residue of the citrus top notes. I do pick up a little bit of sea scent or slightly aquatic notes, but they are vague. An inky note seems to present itself and its probably the black currant with its sharp, bittersweet nature. The heart notes evolve into a steamy cup of tea, perhaps even a nice Earl Grey. This note is slightly smoky, it has a light floral quality and just a touch of something aged. The base notes of sandalwood and musk are very subdued and quiet. These two notes give Silver Mountain Water a very light earthiness and animalistic quality to an otherwise fresh type of fragrance.
Silver Mountain Water is a good warm weather fragrance. The only issue with this fragrance is its longevity. Silver Mountain Water fades out quickly, after about the 4 hour mark. Many fragrance wearers have complained about the longevity of this scent. Compliments inevitably will be handed out when wearing Silver Mountain Water. People experiencing the mild sillage of this scent have had positive responses.