All products and services on Pinappos are independently tested by our writers. Pinappos may earn a commission through links on our site.
Penhaligon’s Roaring Radcliff is a fragrance of bold confidence. It’s loud — not as a peacock’s call for attention, but as a lion’s roar that makes it clear to everyone this is his kingdom. For that reason, the lion head bottle and “roaring” name make for a truly royal representation of this scent’s design.
Opening with a dark, heavy dose of honey with a thin piece of freshly cut wood and textured notes of tobacco leaves, I immediately got a sense of depth, complexity, and intrigue. The tobacco is powerful and the wood significant. Both in such a way that you think they will overtake the honey. Quickly I realized this is merely an intricate dance between three dominant notes. A dance in which to expect the unexpected. The tobacco and the wood have their moments, but the honey is leading this dance. The dance between these three partners goes on for hours before the spotlight shines right on the honey and everyone makes way to let the honey do its thing.
Roaring Radcliff isn’t the jester that needs to do flips and tricks to get people’s attention. Rather, it’s the king that walks into a room and everyone just knows this person is someone worth knowing. It’s a sweet sophisticated dance for your senses making you think think it’s a group performance when all the while the honey awaits to reveal itself as the true star of the show.
Scent Profile: Honey drenched cigar over a layer of freshly cut wood.
© PRODUCT PHOTOS COURTESY OF RETAILER SITES