The Duke opens with a medley of jagged spices. Multi coloured peppercorns fuse with cumin and other spicy notes. The pepper note is intense, biting and far less forgiving than pink pepper. A gin accord enhances the piquant aspect of the fragrance with fruity and peppery juniper. As the fresh spices settle, a woody timbre begins to resonate. The dry, resinous aspects of pepper and cumin settle nicely into camphored woods. The floral note is blood red rose, devoid of any dewy petal notes. The dry down is nicely complex, predominantly woods with a hint of modern amber and flecks of woody tobacco-like notes. The spicy head notes leave an incense-like trace that lingers all the way to the end.