Tauer Zeta A Linden Blossom Theme reminds me of this time of year when I was a child. It was a time when things crunched underfoot but still had traces of colour as they dried out. It was a specific autumnal phase when the moisture is leaving the leaves and you can crumble dried scented ferns between cold fingers.
Linden blossom is another term for lime blossom, which by rights, should be a springtime event and full of green promise. However there is something distinctively twiggy and prickly about Zeta which makes me want to wear this with a woolly scarf on a cold day.
Zeta opens with a spiced lime, which is the best way I can think of to describe it. It is zingy lime and lemon from the start, bedding down into dried papery peppery-ness (I couldn’t say that after a glass of wine).
Along come the flowers then: Ylang Ylang, linden blossom, orange blossom, rose and neroli. The linden blossom seems to be loudest, along with the orange blossom and lime juice. However, it’s the Orris root that seems to be prominent here, and to me, it’s what gives Zeta it’s rooty, dried leaf edge.
It’s a curious combination and one that is rare, but trust Andy Tauer to create it. His scents fill you with visuals, and Zeta is a cold, autumn day, pink cheeks, and the last of the golden green leaves as they fall on the ground.