This offering from Aedes de Venustas sheds a new light on the immemorial scent of precious Oriental woods, in a smoldering palette of burnt sienna, lacquered red and molten gold. Created by expert nose, Alberto Morillas, this abstract yet intensely evocative scent was inspired by the tropical heat of the Indian sub-continent. The result is this subtly smoky, rose-tinged, creamy fragrance. In this dazzling olfactory marquetry, crystal-clear ambrette – a natural musk with rose, pear and iris facets – brightens rich inlays of cool spices: pink pepper, coriander and nutmeg. Then, as the torrid heat of cinnamon rises, the scent opens up its heart to deliver its secret – a rare sandalwood extract from Sri Lanka. It is made more luscious still by the milky warmth of copahu balm and a silken patchouli extract. A bold trio of cedar essences adds structure and texture to the lustrous blend while clean, bracing Virginian cedar gives it vigor and tempo. The Lapsang Souchong tea facet of Chinese cedarwood and the Russian leather smokiness of Alaskan cedar – another rare new extract – carve burnished patterns into the fine-grained wood. The scent of ambrox, an intriguing fusion of warm, clean bark and sun-kissed skin smoothly finish the body. Serene and mystical, Palissandre d’Or is a journey into the quintessence of wood.