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What does a ‘Denver’ perfume smell like? One cocktail bar has the answer.

Brittany Anas

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By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo) If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s gift for the cocktail lover in your life, a Denver bar has you covered: Death & Co, the chic bar inside The Ramble Hotel, released a unisex scent inspired by the Mile High City.

In collaboration with California-based perfumer de Kloka, Death & Co launched a special collection of handcrafted perfumes inspired by the cocktail lounge’s three locations—Denver, New York and Los Angeles. The small-batch perfumery was founded by former bartender Jackie Brenner.

So, what does Denver’s scent smell like? If you guessed beer and weed, you’re partly right.

Here’s the description of the city’s $90 signature scent, which is said to “evoke the sensory experience of cool mountain air.”

“Vivid green pine absolute gives it the incredible natural color and scent of walking through a coniferous forest,” the description says. “The saddle leather aspects are grounded with earthy and fresh patchouli. The heart is cool and green with Persian cypress and poplar buds. Fresh citrus top notes of grapefruit and lime create a note of dried hops and fresh cannabis.”

Brenner says that capturing the essence of the Death & Co bar experience in perfume for was an adventure down memory lane.

“I tapped into all my past experiences in the bar world, the different sensations of sitting at Death & Co, and the smells and textures they bring forth,” she says.

All three perfumes share a handful of common ingredients—saffron, cardamom, coffee, and sweet incense.

Los Angeles’ perfume has notes of ginger, orange, yuzu, jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, Hawaiian sandalwood, and Haitian vetiver. Warm and spicy, the New York fragrance boasts elements that speak to classic cocktails like spikenard, an ancient, Biblical aromatic earthy and a little bitter, much like an amaro or vermouth.

Each Death & Co x de Kloka perfume is hand-blended, bottled, and packaged by Brenner in her Berkeley, California, studio from natural ingredients. The 15ml bottles cost $90; the trio is $270. The perfumes are available now exclusively on the Death & Company Market.

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