"Montecristo is a tiny island in the Tuscan Archipelago, famous for being a natural reserve, and for hosting several ruins including the bewitching Fortress of Montecristo.
It is the close of day. Every single element of the interior contributes to the warmth and reassuring comfort. The floor of old robust wood planks, aged and worn with use. In the massive fireplace, coals are still burning. The comfortable couch is made of the best leather, once stout and rigid, and spotlessly tanned, is now soft and worn, and the color is fading away with years of sideways afternoon sun. A deck of used playing cards lies abandoned on the coffee table next to the tobacco leaves of a hand rolled cigar and a glass of rum.
Montecristo strikes an impeccable balance between smokey and sweet and modern and classic. It has an unfaltering solidness yet it maintains a mysterious movement. We were thinking about an old mansion, and the smell of the thick walls (Delphine Thierry, the nose behind Montecristo, was literally asked to recreate the smell of ‘Old Mossy Walls’) made us think about the name Montecristo.
To recreate this smell of ‘Old Mossy Walls’, Delphine mixed three very interesting raw materials: hyrax, ambrette seeds and cabreuva. The effect, smelling the three raw materials on paper, first separately then together, is impressive. When you overlap the three, bring them to your nose and smell, your eyes closed, you can ‘see’ the thick walls materializing in front of you. An old bookshelf full of dusty manuscripts and memories of old glorious days.
The drawing on the Montecristo bottle depicts ‘Old Mossy Walls’."