Richard Perry v F H Brundle (a private unlimited company), Betafence Limited and Britannia Fasteners Limited, England and Wales High Court (HHJ Hacon), London, UK, 25 September 2015, Neutral Citation Number:  EWHC 2737 (IPEC)
The Defendants, F H Brundle and others, brought an action to strike out a claim in its entirety or for a summary judgment in their favour. They also applied for an extended civil restraint order (‘CRO’) against the Claimant, Mr Perry, or, in the alternative, a limited CRO.
HHJ Hacon struck out the proceedings on two grounds, although one would have sufficed. The first was that the cause of action vested in the Official Receiver, not the Claimant. The second was that the claim was res judicata. HHJ Hacon also considered whether he could grant a CRO, which he eventually did, discussing the jurisdiction of the IPEC in the process, as well as the circumstances in which one ought to be granted.
Without getting into the King vs Trash debate...
I'll agree with some other reviewers - I don't even care much for most Creed scents. My favorite is actually Asian Green Tea, followed by Aventus and VIW. Green Irish Tweed isn't even on the list for me, I can't stand it.
With that being said, I like Aventus! I had a decant of 16D01 that was amazing with good 6-8 hour performance. In my opinion, the black currant was a bit too strong in that batch, but I loved the fruity opening and the smoky birch base notes. I also at one point had a decant of 16E01 which was very pineapple heavy. It smelled amazing, but unfortunately it would only last about 4-5 hours.
Fast forward to me running out of 16D01, and I splurged and bought a full bottle from Notino. I ended up getting 16M01, the last batch from the 4oz bottles. A batch said to be "a legendary smoky batch" and "the most desirable [batch] of 2016". My thoughts? Well, performance is amazing with this one. I can still smell it on my hand after 16 hours and washing my hands multiple times. It's definitely smoky, but with that being said, the scent is even closer to the scent of the dry down of Armaf's Club De Nuit Intense. The level of black currant is much lower in this batch, which I like, but it's missing some of the pizazz of the fruity opening I was familiar with on the other batches, unfortunately.
Ultimately, my ideal batch would be 16D01 with a little less black currant, but keeping all the rest the same.
With all that being said - batch issues abound, but if you like this scent, you will likely like whatever batch you get. If you're not willing to risk it, don't buy it, or buy known batch decants. If you're going to have buyer's remorse, buy Club De Nuit Intense instead. If you don't like CDNI's harsh opening, get Insurrection Pure II.
But the bottom line is - I like it. I get compliments on it. I get almost as many compliments on CDNI though. I have both, I wear both. The price of Aventus doesn't really match the quality, especially when the batch variations are so strong. (Really, there should be 2 different Aventus's, one fruity, one dark, and less batch variation.) But - if you don't like the price, Creed is not looking to you as a customer. You either splurge, or money's not an issue when you're buying it, that's the thing. For me, it was part of my Christmas gift to myself. I saved up for a long time for it.
Do I have any buyer's remorse? Nope. Not a bit.
Will I buy it again in a couple years when this runs out? Possibly, but if I do, I might try harder to buy a specific batch, if the batch issues continue. Otherwise I might buy something with less batch variation, like Mancera Cedrat Bois.
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