Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling EDT   Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling EDT, $205 for 50ml, $290 for 100ml.  

Paying homage to the 1920s and inspired by the iconic spirit, London Dry Gin, Juniper Sling is an intoxicating new fragrance created for Penhaligon’s by Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp.

Made with top notes of cinnamon, orange brandy, angelica and juniper berries, the perfume unfolds its middle notes of cardamom, leather, black pepper and orris wood, before resting on the base notes of brown sugar, black cherry, vetiver and ambrox.

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling is available at #03-16, ION Orchard.


Rating: 4.5/5

I am usually quite fussy about the perfumes I wear because I don’t like them to smell too sweet, floral or musky. I generally prefer fresh and powdery scents; something I can wear both in the day and at night.

Which is why I surprised myself when I fell in love with Juniper Sling at first whiff. Contained within a clear glass bottle and topped with a classy silver bow on the cap, the perfume could easily pass for a gin cocktail at a jazz club in the 1920s.

It’s difficult to put a finger on the exact kind of scent this is, because it starts out sharp and spicy, but gradually unfolds into a sweeter, literally intoxicating scent.

I thought the initial hint of spice from the black pepper was an unusual but lovely touch, especially when combined with the smell of “gin” from the juniper berries. This soon gives way to the sweeter, but still fresh-smelling middle and base notes of black cherry, brown sugar and leather.

Those who aren’t too fond of gin or spices however, might find the perfume to be slightly pungent. But I, for one, think that it’s a very unique scent and will be sticking to using this for a long time to come.