Perfumer Guy Robert blended the most beautiful notes in 1961 to create this woody chypre for leading designers Hermes.
I positively adore the natural pencil drawings that Hermes uses for their perfumes, with Caleche sitting in a blue berried tree with a bird fluttering by.
A bright sun yellow box, very cheerful, with a horse silhouette at the base. The bottle is simple and classic, with a double layered lid which is easy to grip and remove.
Opening notes: Orange blossom, aldehydes, cypress, neroli, mandarin orange, bergamot, and lemon.
Middle notes: Iris, jasmine, gardenia, rose, ylang-ylang, and lily-of-the-valley.
Base notes: Oakmoss, vetiver, amber, musk, sandalwood, tonka bean and cedar.
This opens very much like Chanel No.5, the warm aldehydes with a mouth watering citrus accompaniment. As it develops it enters a new realm, true woody chypre, very rich and complex. The oakmoss has a bitter edge, but the overall balance still works well, with the sheer multitude of notes still all finding their place. This smells ‘expensive’ and gives a status symbol effect to whoever wears it.
Suited to: Winter months really bring out the most in Caleche’s complexities.
Rating: I give this a silver medal for well recommended.
Price: Extremely expensive.