Portraits - The Tragedy of Lord George 2016

Portraits - The Tragedy of Lord George by Penhaligon's
Bottle Design Marc Ange, Illustration: Kristjana S Williams
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Ranked 93 in Men's Perfume
8.2 / 10 910 Ratings
Portraits - The Tragedy of Lord George is a popular perfume by Penhaligon's for men and was released in 2016. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Spicy
Woody
Sweet
Fougère
Creamy

Fragrance Notes

Tonka beanTonka bean SoapSoap AmbroxAmbrox RumRum

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8.2910 Ratings
Longevity
7.4811 Ratings
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7.1812 Ratings
Bottle
9.3806 Ratings
Value for money
6.2480 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 27.02.2024.

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Norleans

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You also have to "risk" something sometimes....
Blind purchases of bottles to make, which are at, or in the three-digit euro range, I had actually accustomed me. Too often was the "blind" fragrance in the past, unfortunately, not at all as I had imagined him or as I had interpreted the comments of other Parfumos.
Sometimes, however, you can not stay true to your principles. Fortunately, I must say in this case. Already at the beginning of December I took advantage of a fair offer in the Souk and acquired the tragic Schorsch. Since then, I had plenty of time to test him.

The colder season is certainly ideal to encounter the fragrance for the first time. The "ingredients list" is not exactly overloaded. Brandy. Soap. Tonka bean. Brandy I've had before at some point. Soap I use. Tonka bean I like as ice cream on blueberry pancakes at our favorite summer restaurant.... I digress. The ingredients suggest much and fear much. But also much to hope for, which enticed me to buy it.

My hopes were not disappointed. Even if I do not recognize brandy, the note of a higher percentage alcoholic beverage, with its aromas, is quite perceptible. The soap, which is too much of a good thing for me in some fragrances, nestles nicely into the dark brandy note and could also be a "dark" shaving cream. A shaving cream that doesn't quite come across as tangy fresh out of the can, but rather how I imagine whipped up shaving cream myself. Maybe this one was even brought back from the Orient. The tonka bean brings this smooth sweetness to it- I was afraid that the tonka bean might come across as "sultry"-sweet (similar to Tom Ford's Fucking Fabulous, which I still like a lot but find unwearable). There's also a tiny hint of freshness resonating in its warmth, which gives it some airiness.

The mélange of spiritual, spicy shaving foam with fine grates of tonka bean is not only excellent for the office (if you have the luxury of being allowed to go to the office again), as well as for the new favorite leisure activities with the beloved (currently this is the weekly bulk shopping at Edeka, ...yes these are hard times).

The tragic Schorsch is distinguished, but not snobby. He smells special, but not sensational. A comparison with other fragrances is really difficult for me in this case. All I can say is that I like it and wear it really often. I can well imagine that Schorsch also in spring-like temperatures still knows how to convince.
Oh yes, the flacon! Very well finished, a great lid and an atomizer that could not atomize better, really special cream. The outer packaging is also befitting the status.
Thanks for reading and stay healthy!
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DerDefcon

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Top Review 28  
Barbershop in a different way.
If a so-called barbershop fragrance wants to arouse my goodwill - others rather talk about fougère fragrances - he doesn't have it easy. Lavender, probably the most obligatory element in such a perfume, may be present, but please dose it carefully. Otherwise I'll quickly lose my mood, as I unfortunately had to find out with "masculien Pluriel" from Kurkdjian.
Herbs or generally green notes are also allowed, but please keep them present in an appropriate degree. Tom Ford's "Beau de Jour", for example, has a little bit too much of this, and the lavender is also clearly too herbaceous for me here.

Let's summarize:

I wear barbershop fragrances as long as they are consistent with lavender, which is not too herbaceous or scratchy, and the greenery - often herbs or vetiver - is neatly integrated and does not take over the complete olfactory dominance within a fragrance composition.
In the end, all this means that I have a hard time finding the right barbershop fragrance for me, which should be classic but by no means stale.

Now I recently acquired a small bottling here in the souk, which was drawn from an exciting, but somehow also rather kitschy, but almost unmistakable bottle. The name "The Tragedy of Lord George" may have a certain background (I think I once saw something on Youtube), but fortunately, there is no need to speak of a tragedy here.
Everything starts with an alcoholic prelude, which is definitely due to the brandy that can be found in this really very clear scent pyramid. It is a little bit sweetish at the beginning, which is typical for many alcoholic beverages. A bit of woodiness also resonates - reminiscent of a brewery cellar. The alcoholic sweetness fades into the background after only a few seconds, which is probably caused by the addition of shaving soap, a somewhat strange scent. This scent is strange because there are many different kinds of soap in terms of smell and ingredients. It is this soap that now provides the barbershop flair. It seems as if we are dealing with one that is based on lavender and rose. After all, I smell something subtly herbaceous, but it doesn't sting my nose at all or remind me of my grandfather's always overdosed after shave. The rose, which I also heard, captivates with a reserved, very clean and above all mature appearance. I think this is a nice contrast, with which one can counter my fear note, the lavender. Perhaps other perfumers should take a look at this as well.
By the way, the initial brandy woodiness is still present, will accompany us throughout the entire fragrance and is on the whole a really well implemented alcoholic note that appeals to me. Other waters, which play generously with rum or whiskey, do not manage this.

After we have devoted ourselves to the first two fragrances, which are of course somehow composed of several, we now turn our attention to the tonka bean, which is added a little later and succeeds in giving the still quite conservative-scented creation a twist of modernity, whereby I like to replace the attribute "conservative" with "classic", which is inevitably associated with timelessness. Through the tonka bean - not too sweet or vanilla here - Alberto Morillas underlines his, in my opinion, successful interpretation of a clean barbershop scent with a little sweetness. Here, too, all of this takes place in a controlled way. Nothing is hyperglycaemic, sticky or prescription for diabetics. There is also no prescription requirement as far as durability and sillage are concerned, because the environment is neither harassed nor slain. Some lavender barbershop competitors also know this differently. All in all, this fragrance is a good alternative for fougère-sensitive noses. I would even claim that there is a certain signature fragrance potential if - yes, if - the price wasn't there
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Landlord

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The skin of a gentleman...
After a long dry spell - when it comes to discovering a really inspiring scent - "The Tragedy of Lord George" is once again a real highlight. Although he doesn't really want to be one. And that's exactly what makes him... This Penhaligon´s does not impose itself and is nevertheless constantly present. One of the fragrances that manages to escape directly from my skin, warm, masculine, soothing... - with considerable "whirring factor".

The most attention-grabbing thing about him is the scent pyramid. The mention of only three, in their combination somewhat more bizarre, ingredients may fit the marketing concept of portrait fragrances, at least they do not reflect my perception of fragrance. Brandy...? Yeah, burnt smells already... alcoholic smoking notes at the beginning, which I would like to crawl into immediately... Shaving soap...? Well... if it is, it's one that's quite ambry and patchouli refined... woody, a little resinous, creamy... what harmonizes perfectly with the tonka bean and provides for a soft, but not too sweet finish... after 9 - 10 hours with a spray! Wow!

No, this fragrance is not "new" in the strict sense. It's more of a scent that's always been there. The scent of a gentleman just... of not obtrusive, but very present perfection... balanced surprising... and masculine. Definitely!

The first Penhaligon´s to make it on my wish list. And all the way to the top! He'll probably stay there. Gentlemen don't talk about money, but Penhaligon´s unfortunately already...
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Medianus76

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A nice present or the christmas tragedy of Willy Tonka
The Brandy
Done. Willy Tonka sank into his fluffy wing chair. It was just before Christmas. That was why he was shopping, and had acquired a bag full of Christmas treats and culinary delights. Among them was his much-loved brandy. The wine distillate smells mild and nutty, slightly sweet as well as appropriately woody. Very rich and soft due to the long maturation time in the old oak barrels.
Willy Tonka was an oddball and cranky aristocrat. He had short, frizzy hair, nickel glasses sitting on his nose, and more wrinkles on his face than a shriveled apple. His aristocratic background had given him a handsome estate, as well as a lot of money and wealth. But at the same time, a lot of loneliness and social isolation. Because he was such a strange contemporary, no one really wanted to have much to do with him.
He tipped another brandy into the nosing glass, enjoyed the distillate to the full, and repeated the whole thing a few more times. Although the alcohol was already going to his head, he filled up the flask in his pocket as a precaution! "You never know" he thought to himself, and sank deep into his armchair...

The soap
Some time later he remembered the cigar he had picked up from his shopping. His shopping bag was right next to his armchair, so all he had to do was reach out and rummage for the cigar. Unfortunately, by this time, his seven senses were so befuddled by the brandy that he didn't even notice to rummage his shaving soap out of his pocket instead of the cigar...
It was a luxurious soap. It smelled soft and mild, and had an incredibly creamy aroma. You could literally guess what a subtle and elegant lavender note the lather of the soap gave off. Fresh and spicy at the same time...just appropriate for an aristocrat!
So he put the fake cigar between his lips. Still chewing on the end piece with relish, as if to get a grip on it, before the alkaline soapy lye taste hit his brain.
"Ugh Deifel...in a high arc he spat and spat the soap into the air. He wiped his mouth and face frantically, and jumped out of the chair in a high leap in horror! Unfortunately, this was his undoing. For, how could it be otherwise, he landed squarely on the soap, which hit the floor exactly a fraction of a second before he did...
It pulled his feet off with a caracho, his legs flew through the air, and he slammed relentlessly and mercilessly onto his old and frail back! Ouch!
The impact was so violent that the stag's head antlers above his chair broke free from their moorings. It crashed onto the Christmas tree below, bringing it down. The tree fell on Willy Tonka, and the antlers fixed the fir tree on Willy. The tips of the ten-ten namely bored deep into the wooden floor. With that, Willy was stapled to the parquet floor, wood and all. There was no escape...

The tonka bean
Full of desperation, Willy tried to free himself. He tugged and yanked, tore and pushed at the tree like a man possessed. But no chance. The deer head was deep in the ground!
After countless attempts to free it, an idea came to him. Much of his tree was adorned with tonka beans. He loves tonka - not least because of its name. Do they smell but highly aromatic and sweet, elegant and light vanilla as well as fine woodruff. He picked many of the fragrant beans from the tree, and packed them all in a jute bag with the remaining bars of soap. Thus he had a perfect projectile. He intended to use it, bold as he was, to set off the fire alarm. If it should sound the alarm, then surely help would quickly rush in. But how to set off a fire alarm without a fire? Apart from the fact that this was a pretty inane action.
That's right - his flask. He fumbled the flask out of his pocket, and carefully tipped the high-proof brandy over the jute bag.
How that smelled now! A beautiful creamy melange. Slightly woody-tart, fresh spice, sweetly punctuated with that elegant lavender woodruff note. Delightful!
He lit the fragrance bomb with his Zippo and hurled the fireball towards the fire alarm. Of course, he missed said detector, and caught another living "target"! His poor cat Lucky was sitting bored on the window ledge when the fragrant inferno hit him with full force...
"Miiiiiaaauuuuu" escaped the horrified cat, who immediately jumped off the ledge in a high arc and with singed fur. Completely distraught and unable to control the jump, the cat landed in the open aquarium. The water sloshed out on all sides, the cat raged in the tank, the fish spat around, and the chaos was perfect.
Suddenly there was another mighty bang! Sparks flew, appliances hissed, and in one fell swoop the whole house went dark...very dark!
All the water from the aquarium unfortunately caused an enormous short circuit on a multi-outlet. Pretty much the entire house electrical system of Willy Tonka's living room was plugged into that outlet!
Willy, still pinned under the tree, turned his head to the side. Feeling exhausted, completely deflated, resigned and devastated, he looked down into the village through a window. He saw the lights go out there too, caused by his colossal short circuit.
Everything was now dark!
But a little later, the longed-for help in the form of the fire department finally arrived at his place. Hallelujah...what a Christmas!!

This story and scent description is a collaborative project between my kids and me! Thanks so much for the energetic advice...

Wishing all readers a reflective 4th Advent and a Merry Christmas 2020!
In this very turbulent year Parfumo, and the wonderful people which I was allowed to meet here, a real enrichment and recreational oasis for me. Thank you for this and we look full of confidence in the future...

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Amorpsyche99

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Whoa! That's a little water with a loooong finish
I had given the perfume to my husband.
He had immediately tried it with a few scents.
We had only just noticed the top note Brandy, because with increasing minutes a wonderful mixture of whisky barrels with herrrlich fragrant Cognac sneaked into our noses.

So far so called..

The described heart note shaving soap we had only been able to perceive after an hour, whereby not only a wonderful kind of soap smell, but predominantly earthy and even wooden notes became predominantly noticeable. Great!

After a few hours the hammer came!

Tonka bean like my husband and I have never perceived it like this before. Wonderfully wrapped in indescribable fragrances.

This wonderfully effective base note is still perceptible after 5 days on the scarf and Hend of my husband...Traumhaft.
Therefore 10 points
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 4 years ago
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Spicy, lavender/soap, tonka bean. Barbershop, a bit creamy and sweet. I don't smell any Brandy. Manly, elegant, not for younger people.
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 3 years ago
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A creamy, yet slightly boozy, clean and soapy spicy/sweet Fougère, balanced by a warm and gentle animalic earthy-woody base. Very elegant.
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Bernard82Bernard82 1 year ago
Sweet barbershop kind of scent. Lovely done.
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TheBloffTheBloff 2 years ago
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Soapy, clean, barbershop-like scent with a light sweetness. A transportive scent to the far past.
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MRothMRoth 5 years ago
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The notes list leaves a lot out - primarily a gigantic lavender. More of a creamy/sweet fougere than the boozy tonka bomb I was expecting.
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