According to the Ormonde Jayne website, “Ta´if, a town rising 5000 ft above the shores of The Red Sea and overlooking the Arabian desert, is renowned for its plantations of Ta´if rose.” Thanks to Tina, here is an interesting article about Ta’if roses for anyone who would like to read more. The notes for the Ormonde Jayne Ta’if are pink pepper, saffron, dates, rose, freesia, orange blossom, jasmine, broom, and amber.
Unlike Champaca, Ta’if was not a case of love at first sniff for me. The first night I wore it, I went to dinner with several friends, and was frankly surprised at how much they all loved it; personally I found it rather bland. The next morning, I went to put away my things (yes, I do throw them on the floor sometimes) and swooned over the lingering scent on my scarf. Several testings later, I am a convert.
Ta’if starts out deceptively sheer, with a lovely candied date note, and a dewy rose, almost like rosewater. The rose turns dusky fairly quickly, and a creamy saffron overtakes the date. The rose is slowly joined by the other florals, of which the orange blossom is the most pronounced. Later still, the amber intensifies, and it takes on a nice touch of smoke. There is something else that must be the broom, but despite having tried several other fragrances with a broom note, I don’t have any idea what it smells like on its own.
Ta’if develops and deepens slowly over a period of some hours, and has excellent lasting power. It is, as advertised, sultry, but in a restrained, sophisticated way. It is by no means overpowering, and it will not announce your presence before you enter the room. It is lightly spicy, and no more than lightly sweet. While it is obviously based on rose, I am not sure that you need to be an avid rose fan to appreciate it.
Ormonde Jayne Ta’if is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum or 50 ml Parfum. For buying information, see the listing for Ormonde Jayne under Perfume Houses.