DARK PASSAGE by Andy Tauer

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It finally arrived.

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“…DARK PASSAGE, the super limited edition that is only available in March through the Kickstarter campaign for ONLY CHILD. Afterwards , when the financing and support campaign for Brian Pera’s latest film project comes to an end, then the perfume will be gone. ONLY CHILD is the next Evelyn Avenue full feature film project.” Andy Tauer from his blog March 2012.

Really good blog reviews of Dark Passage include I Smell Therefore I Am and Perfume Shrine.

When I first read that Andy Tauer was doing a new short release perfume for a fundraiser I was excited beyond imagining. I love his work, it is definitive and solid and statement making, as well as having extraordinary sillage and staying power. There is often a quirkiness, edge and diversion from the norm and Mr Tauer has a special accord that is oft called the Tauerade because of its incredible tenacity. Awesome if you want to stay smelling amazing for a night out, lovemaking and waking up, it will stay on clothes for months if you don’t wash them so is perfect for scenting hankies when loved ones go away or your purse so it’s always like a magic fragrant cave from which anything may come. Nasty if you have a bad on skin scent reaction, headache, just want to change scent; showering is not enough you need to undergo a post radioactivity radiation wash cycle. Thankfully they are all magic on my skin and I love the dry downs.

I thought I would present Andy Tauer’s Dark Passage (He He He that means 2 things) today in mainly visual storybook fashion. See below the photo’s for story….


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Dark Passage opens underneath the city with a weird swampy, burning tyres and fetid air accord BAM!, then it moves into back alleys as the close aromas of human habitation and their feral pets, you come across a cafe, smelling the cigarettes of the al fresco diners and then the coffee itself, the slightly burnt bitter smell of an imperfectly cleaned barista bar, and then past an Indian furniture shop with the bee wax polish and resins they use to colour the wood and give it shine overlaid on freshly finished wood, underneath all this the patchouli has been pumping unnoticed but comes to the fore as we drive outside the confines of the city with the top down smelling the exhaust, we get out and the fresh tree laden air, with humus and earth and maybe there has been a sprinkle of rain that is burning off in the sun. Then it comes in waves, interesting different visions pass before your nose, it is an olfactory movie, Film Noir and the bitch is going to get it in the Dark Passage.

UPDATE: I get this great story for maybe an hour and a half, it softens to a soft, slightly burnt vanilla and leather accord that was still ever so slightly there this morning, skin scent. It has only left the mildest trace on my clothes too, like this is my bodies scent left in the shirt. A new sophistication for Mr Tauer, bravo.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this, writing it was FUN!
Portia xx

12 comments on “DARK PASSAGE by Andy Tauer

  1. This sounds interesting. Love your descriptors! And of course, the fact that it’s a limited and exclusive fragrance adds that much more to the allure!

  2. Undina says:

    I am curious (mildly) to smell this perfume but from everything I read (and saw on your pictures 🙂 ) I don’t think I’ll like it.

    • Hey Undina,
      I wore it to dinner last night. After the hour of really interesting story it turned into a slightly burnt vanilla and it has faded away almost completely by this morning. It is very interesting in the story section though,
      Portia xx

  3. vinery1 says:

    This one has broken my heart. For me, it ts the best thing Andy has ever done, by far. But I only have 7 ml (less now) and CAN NEVER GET ANY MORE!!! GAAAK!!

    I love everything about this–the elusive waft of cocoa, the big birch tar leathery middle, and the sweet resins of the dry down. Perfection!. GAAAK!

    • We are lucky to have it. I think my 7mls will be gone very soon.
      We can commiserate together.
      He he
      Portia xx

      • vinery1 says:

        I collect and usually wear vintage fumes. Dark Passage has an authentic vintage vibe, so I’m sure I have one or two rusty old things in my collection that are similar.

        Dark Passage may become my one and only bottle that is too precious to actually wear, and I will content myself with just sniffing the sprayer.

  4. Naah, you only live once. Use it till there’s 1ml in the bottom, then sniff the pumper.

  5. Tina xx says:

    Portia! I love your description of Andy Tauer’s perfumes sillage and staying power. It is exactly the experience I had yesterday trying out my new sample of “Loretta” – yes, it arrived!! It was so interesting that the middle notes stayed on my clothing quite strongly whereas on my skin the basenotes came through and I woke up this morning with the scent still surronding me. It is fascinating, I’ve never quite come across anything like it. Looking forward to chatting more & comparing notes. xx

  6. Portia, this sounds like my kind of winter fragrance tarry, leathery, animalic and a little bit dirty. I see they have reached their funding and over so kudos to you for helping this project. Limited Edition’s set you up for heartbreak if you love them… Still I would like to try this, maybe Andy will tweak this and release it into the line under a different name, we can only hope. My SOTD is Tauer Vetiver Dance.

    • I think it is so far off the IFRA allowed lists that this has to be a one off. Maybe one of the sample/decant sites will have some? You should try it, yummy.
      We are Tauer twins today, I was in Lonestar Memories. Because I feel like an old bag today and thought I should smell the part too.
      He He
      Portia xx

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