The perfume-formerly-known-as ‘East India’, Vi et Armis (Lat. ‘by force and arms’) is to my nose the most successful of Beaufort’s current lineup.
Here, the thematic birch tar is allied to a powerful tea note that results in a smoky black blend. A judicious amount of ethyl maltol sweetens the deal and helps bring out the tea note’s fruity overtones, while frankincense links to the woody, resinous base that’s much better incorporated than in Coeur de Noir.
House: Beaufort London
Release date: 2015
Notes (per Fragrantica): black pepper, tea leaf, whisky, incense, opium, tobacco, birch, agarwood.