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(3 customer reviews)
4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
Product Type: Eau De Parfum
Brand: Arquiste
Country of Origin: United States
Fragrance Family: Woody Oriental
Style: Unisex


A ship of spice rocking on a sea of dark materials, Nanban has a quiet dynamism–like a lit match slowly tumbling through the air towards a pile of TNT. A modern, adventurous scent, the newest Arquiste is a penetrating vision of life at sea. Malabar pepper and Persian saffron form a rich yet metallic layer of spice afloat on a steaming cup of black tea, a midnight brew prepared in the galley by an unseen passenger. Make your way to the heart of this vessel, where a sloping wall of parcels looms. In the near dark, each package is a mystery. Smooth your fingertips over a teak lid and hear the soft pebbly shake of beans within (coffee) their rich, oily scent escaping into the air. Fondle the tooled leather pouch hanging from a rafter, it’s drawstring mouth agape. An incandescent mass of blossoms (osmanthus) lies within, their fruity brightness rushing up to meet your nose. A trunk of light, unpolished wood leaves a green, powdery smell on your fingertips (sandalwood) and inside piles of opaque resin emit a sweet, herbal reek (myrrh, frankincense, styrax). As you tour it’s treasures, the ship creaks quietly against the water; it’s cedar planked bow (varnished with copaiba balm) glints on the moonlit water. A fragrance that encapsulates a delectable suspense, Nanban is both luxuriant and edgy. Wear it and plunge into a voyage of discovery.

Fragrance Notes: Black Pepper, Saffron, Black Tea Accord, Osmanthus, Coffee Absolute, Spanish Leather, Myrrh, Frankincense, Styrax, Sandalwood, Copaiba Balsam, Cade


Product SIZE: 100ml

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3 reviews for Nanban

  1. Tyler Rose (verified owner)

    An absolute masterpiece: evocative, beautifully blended, softly radiant. Received my sample, ordered a full bottle as I can’t imagine being without such a stunning fragrance.

  2. jrmcquill (verified owner)

    This opens as Murdock’s Black Tea, which I am very fond of, but soon the mellow smokey coffee notes bring you through to a dry down that is mostly leather, with coffee and myrrh smoke accents. I had sampled Arquiste some time ago, perhaps it is time to revisit? This is a slightly darker, cold weather friend. Very nice. Thumbs up.

  3. Benoit Villeneuve

    A fabulous fragrance! Although it received the top award from GQ magazine a few years ago, I am very surprised that it has not been reviewed or talk about much by most perfume critics on You Tube. It is a FABULOUS woody, incense, amber and spices fragrance. This is the signature fragrance of a great perfumery for years to come. Although I own some 100 niche fragrances, this is the one I turn to the most, ready to buy my second bottle……. Arquiste have many other fragrances, but as of now, this is by far their best offering. It caresses you for hours. KUDOS!

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