He's done it again with Rose Flash, a shamelessly diffusive, tenacious, extrait-strength creation, overflowing with the greens, spices, citruses, woods and creamy intimacies which enter your very soul when you stick your nose into a bone fide, scented, living rose. As though to emphasise the neon-lit, hyper-realism of his work, he's accentuated the caramelised facets: this is a rose which could just as easily have emerged from a honeycomb as from a patch of soil. But its sweetness is never cloying or over-played; it merely serves to highlight the complexity of the floral heart. As soon as the sugariness threatens to take over, a sharp blade of grass or a scattering of pepper put it back in its place.
Tauer's other 2014 release - Sotto La Luna Gardenia - has been met with a great deal of praise. And rightly so: it's an intriguing, mutable, highly intelligent piece of work. But in terms of visceral impact, it didn't hit me in quite the same way as this new delight. I was hooked from the very first sniff, swooning from one breath to the next, ready to surrender myself to the power of its iridescent hues. Yes, okay: this could just be because I happen to love roses. But you know what? I prefer to think it's because Rose Flash is absolutely wonderful.
[Review based on a sample of extrait obtained in 2014. It's worth mentioning that Rose Flash is the first Tauer scent to be housed in a roll-on bottle. What's more, it comes only in a 10ml size and it won't be available from all of the brand's usual outlets (see the Tauer site for more details). Time will tell if this particular mode of release turns out to be successful, but I should just say - for those of you who, like me, tend to dislike roll-ons - that Rose Flash didn't seem to suffer one bit from this particular method of application. It lasted for hours and its diffusiveness was excellent.]