Black Vetyver Café
I wish the miniature cologne collection included some Black Vetyver Café, but it didn’t. This is my second favourite from the Jo Malone line - right after Vintage Gardenia. Black Vetyver Cafe is exactly what it sounds: vetyver and coffee! The combination sounds strange, but it works magically well. It starts with black coffee note, and than dries down to a clean, woody vetyver. I can smell another woody element there, which makes it softer than just straight-up vetyver. I think it's sandalwood, but it could be the sequia note. I just wish the coffee note lasted longer and that the dry down was a tad sweeter, not all that woody. Compared with Vintage Gardenia, Black Vetyver Café is more intriguing, yetless balanced in my opinion. I am not a fan of layering, but it does smells better when layered with Vintage Gardenia, if you use a much lesser amount of the Black Vetyver Café. Any way you look at it – from a vetyver or a coffee angle - this is a unique scent and should not be missed.