Vanilla Flash is part of Andy Tauer’s second collection Tauerville which unfortunately is available only for US and Switzerland. I put a lot of effort to reach these scents, asking friends of a friend of a friend and so on who were travelling to US and finally succeeded to get my hands on Vanilla Flash .
My curiosity was raised at a very high level – vanilla one of the most used perfume note our days when there is an explosion everywhere of perfumes more or less gourmand featuring vanilla, from Sephora’s shelves to niche perfumery. I can easily confess that I was not expecting a simplified scent, that kind of single note perfume from Andy’s side, but a complex one in the way his doing scents. Before trying it I remembered what Andy says about this scent: “My vanilla. It is all in there that I love. Spices, roses, patchouli… and vanilla.” Definitely it will not be that vanilla centered perfume for sure I said to myself and then apply it on the skin.
Let me tell you right from the start: we will not enter into a patisserie/confiserie but in a bar and we will take a brandy. This is not a vanilla like those from Profumum Roma , it’s miles faraway from St.Barth’s and also it s not a daytime vanilla but a dark one , a night creature in Andy’s stable.
Vanilla Flash starts with a boozy spiced vanilla followed shortly by tobacco, a lot of dense tobacco bringing darkness and heaviness, keeping company to vanilla as long as this scent lives on the skin. It’s like smelling tobacco leafs submerged in a potion made out of vanilla,cognac and honey. From this perspective mid notes of Vanilla Flash remind me of Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille but without the plum and Christmas spices with more emphasis on tobacco while the boozy note brings to my mind Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille in a way in which Guerlain’s scent is far less boozy and far more intense on sweet vanilla. In the last stage of the scent I get some vibes of Kilian’s Back to Black probably due to the tobacco load.
I do not get much of the rose, it’s more like a shadow but the shadow of a rose in the typical Tauer style and it’s loaded with spices, I detect some cinnamon among the spices which is not listed in the perfumes’s notes . The rose in Vanilla Flash is resembling somehow to the one from PHI-Une Rose de Kandahar. Patchouli is there , fine tuned with the vanilla , keeping the darkness and adding that camphrous vibe to the composition. All these notes are very well weaved inside the composition, each of them is sustaining the other in a compact and almost linear evolution, as Vanilla Flash is not changing dramatically.
In spite of the fact that Vanilla Flash reminds in different stages of other tobacco perfumes, still it has its own face and body and walks around strong. There is nothing girly in this vanilla, actually a warm vanilla tobacco scent, it’s a grown up scent and it has a lot of sophistication. Vanilla Flash is dark and sexy and can be shared by both genders , it’s complex but not complicated, being easy to wear especially during cold nights. The only complicated thing with Vanilla Flash is to get your hands on the scent if you are not living in US or Switzerland. Mr. Tauer can you do something about this?
Vanilla Flash Eau de Parfum by Tauerville
Perfumer: Andy Tauer 2015
Notes: Spices, Vanilla Bourbon, Rose, Patchouli, Tobacco