This is different from Part One, but a true continuation of Rising Mysore. Off the top, Rising Mysore 2 is a much quieter perfume than the original. I would even go as far to say this is a Japanese-Indian fusion. People who like strong projection and sillage need to be aware that this is quiet and close. But it is also an aromatic wonder, just like the cuisine. This stuff is all over the place but blended professionally with high-end skill.
The citrus mix in the top is blended, blended, blended. In the heart of the waft, you are going to get the Rising Mysore OG twang, or the “Dixizade.” Below in the same waft is a plethora of new spices blended just as well but different than Part One. Literally think of this as a movie sequel: new cast of characters but same tone, same sound transitions, same vocal pitch, just different personalities. There are refined touches all the way around that you are familiar with from the first movie.
On the top of the sniff is an excellent citrus blend on toned-down lime. With lemon and a great choice of the orange-neroli combo provide a sweet and tangy touch that I want on my next chicken meal. That fades, and here comes lavender and basil. I love basil in a fougere; it’s clean, spicy, and green in all the right ways. Hatkora is a citrus I am not familiar with, but I like anything they list in these notes. I started detecting the pinks together about twenty or so minutes into this one: that is grapefruit and pepper. The florals start to pop in and out after this, which is predominately rose. Tuberose and ylang ylang were soft, with facets of jasmine. With these same florals, a darker set of aromatics come into the heart, flawlessly transitioning from the top ones. Getting used to this from Rising Mysore Part One, the bay leaf is dense and green while rosemary here is my second-favorite clean aromatic. It just feels royal and vibrant.
The drydown is the most familiar part to the OG. A house DNA is the hardest thing to come up with, and they are sitting on some great stuff with which to build many future perfumes. This feels even more toned down and refined. This is a new royal kind of fougere. They are putting a huge stamp on this important category in perfume. They do it with a perfect patchouli rather than oakmoss, and it’s perfect for the fragrance. Bright, spicy, and smart.
Overall, this is a more complex offering than the original with much softer edges and a fusion feel of Thai spice and Japanese perfumery.