Imaginary Authors - Bull's Blood
Devante Valéreo was raised in a dusty Spanish village on the Balearic Sea. He fondly recalled going to the bullfights with his father, an ex-picador, and credited those early experiences with inspiring his most popular novella, Bull's Blood. The book's lurid tale of seduction garnered obscenity charges against the author. Though the charges were rejected by the court, a ban on the sale of his works persisted for a number of years.
A fixture in Barcelona, smoking cigarillos and writing in the cafés and bars into the night, Valéreo disappeared as a fugitive in 1967 after a highly publicized bar scuffle with American sailors, one of whom later died from his injuries. 'A man who has killed,' he wrote in Bull's Blood, 'is a man who knows passion.'
Smoky, floral, and initially as metallic as freshly-spilled blood, Bull's Blood features a startling costus note that makes you think of sweaty, post-coital skin. Bull's Blood is a remarkable and daring fragrance. The roughened darkness of patchouli and the pungency of the opening soon melt down into a supple leather note and a dusting of spicy roses, for a scent trail that smells more like tobacco than most tobacco fragrances. Not pretty and decidedly not for wallflowers, Bull's Blood is powerful fragrance for those who know exactly what they want and are not afraid to grab the bull by the horns to get it. Bravo!
Patchouli, rose, costus root, tobacco, black musk, bull's blood