John Varvatos launched a limited-edition flanker to their 2009 twist on an 18th century eau de cologne complete with a rattan casing called Artisan, a bestseller of the brand. The new iteration is titled Artisan Black and is meant to be a more intense version of the original scent by accentuating the woody and musky tonalities and being more long lasting according to the press release. (Yet to test and confirmed!!:P ). According to other review, Artisan is light and bright, juicy and breezy whereas Artisan Black has more depth, feels a bit more “masculine” and has better sillage and lasting power.
Artisan Black was created by perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux and lists notes of Meyer lemon, tangerine, blood orange, calypsone (a watery melon note), Murraya flower (orange jessamine), neroli/orange blossom, jasmine, Nigerian ginger, purple ginger, cardamom, coriander, Kephalis, Belambre, Boisiris (woody iris note), Serenolide (white musk), vetiver, patchouli, Mexican cueramo (wood), soft leather and Florentine orris absolute.
John Varvatos Artisan Black is a limited edition fragrance; 125 ml Eau de Toilette for $78 from Amazon.