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Acqua Di Giò Eau De Parfum | Image: Giorgio Armani

Man of Many’s Staff Favourites – 3 September 2022

In the wise words of the late Chris Farley, “All other tropical storms must bow before El Niño. Yo soy El Niño.” For those of you who don’t habla español, ‘El Niño’ is Spanish for…the Nino and while we’re not grappling with the issue right now, another weather pattern is wreaking havoc Down Under. La Nina is taking the east coast of Australia by storm (ha) meaning it’s the ideal time to hunker down and get reacquainted with the couch. To help fill in your weekend, we’re dishing out more of the good stuff in this week’s Man of Many Staff Favourites. Check it out.

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Acqua Di Giò Eau De Parfum | Image: Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Giò Eau De Parfum | Image: Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Giò Eau De Parfum

Nick Hall – Editor-in-Chief

Despite each being touted as the be-all and end-all of the scent game, fragrances have a tendency to come and go with alarming regularity. Long gone are the days when you would pick a ‘signature scent’ and stick with it for a few decades, instead, people (myself included) are enjoying the freedom of choice. I pick and choose different fragrances all the time, so it’s always intriguing to see a release stand the test of time. Acqua Di Giò is one of those scents. For 25 years, the Giorgio Armani innovation has been keeping men fresh, courtesy of an intimately sea-born, salty scent, so imagine my surprise this week when the brand dropped a new iteration of the iconic fragrance.

The new Acqua Di Giò Eau De Parfum infuses the original aquatic signature that first made waves back in 1996 with a new molecule, Yodanol. According to the brand, the new addition aids in the long-lasting nature of the fragrance, evoking a “sensual, aromatic and intense” experience. That sounds like a mouthful, but boiling it down to brass tax, it’s not hard to see why the fragrance has managed to transcend culture and style. The marine notes perfectly blend with patchouli to create something that feels worn and weathered, but with a refreshing finish. Best of all, the new version also comes with a refillable bottle, meaning you never have to throw out your fragrance once its finished. I’ve been a huge fan of the fragrance for years, so it’s great to see Giorgio Armani continue to do great stuff in this space.

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House of Suntory 2022 Limited Edition Yamazaki Tsukuriwake Selection | Image: House of Suntory

House of Suntory 2022 Limited Edition Yamazaki Tsukuriwake Selection | Image: House of Suntory

House of Suntory 2022 Limited Edition Yamazaki Tsukuriwake Selection

Scott Purcell – Co-Founder

I had the pleasure of trying out the new exclusive releases from the House of Suntory this week which made their way to Australia for the first time. Available only in a complete set of four bottles and setting you back a full AU$2,800, you might ask yourself whether it is worth it? Well, if you know anything about Japanese whisky, the quality of spirit that Yamazaki produces and the demand for these bottles, it could be worth the investment.

So what makes the Yamazaki Limited Edition Tsukuriwake Selection so special? Well it’s essentially the four component whiskies that make up the Single Malt Yamazaki age statements like their famous 12 year old. It comprises the Puncheon, Peated Malt, Spanish Oak and Mizunara. Most of you should be fairly familiar with the what you can expected from the Peated Malt and Spanish Oak, a very approachable smokiness with a peat rating of around 15 (compared with 40 for Laphroaig) and all the rich spices and deep flavours you can expect from an Olorosso Sherry Cask.

The ones that surprised me were the Puncheon. I had to google what it was when I was trying it at the table and it actually refers to the size of cask that the whisky is aged in. Most whisky is aged in standard hogs head casks but a Puncheon is about twice the size and holds around 450 Litres. So the liquid inside gets much less contact with the wood. Interestingly the Puncheon bottle was a first-fill in the virgin american oak cask. It had a lighter colour and flavour despite this.

Lastly comes the Mizunara. A wood only native to Japan. I believe this is the 4th release of a mizunara cask from Yamazaki and they’re really hitting their stride. Usually for mizunara to work its magic, the liquid has to be in cask for a minimum of 12 years. What you’re left with is an almost salty, sour and waxy whisky unlike anything you’ve ever tried, but it all seems to work so well and speaks to the depth and quality of malt whisky that Suntory produces.

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Image: Kit Skincare

Image: Kit Skincare

Kit Skincare

Frank Arthur – Co-Founder

Mecca Cosmetics brand Kit, originally known for primarily female-focused beauty products including nail polishes and hair accessories, has relaunched with a new and exciting offering. Now, Kit is focused on a gender-neutral skincare range that is “built for skin and the world it’s in”. Having tried out these products myself, I’m a big fan.

With a range of options for all skin types, the idea behind the range is to keep things simple. Find the product(s) that work for you and stick to it as a part of your daily routine. Additionally, all Kit products have a focus on sustainability through the use of consciously formulated ingredients and a packaging partnership with TerraCycle.

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Patrón Añejo Tequila | Image: Dan Murphys

Patrón Añejo Tequila | Image: Dan Murphys

Patrón Añejo Tequila

Sam Mangioni – Journalist – Entertainment & Culture

I once associated tequila with bad decisions and regret. However, Patrón Añejo has altered my entire perspective on the Mexican spirit. If you enjoy a cheeky whisky from time to time, consider trying Patrón Añejo for its similar depth, richness, notes of smoke and caramel finish. I personally prefer sipping on it neat, but I’d strongly recommend using it to put a twist on a classic such as an Old-Fashioned. So if you’re looking to add a little flair to your spirit collection, I’d highly recommend grabbing a bottle and giving it a nudge.

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'28' by Brandon Jack | Image: Booktopia

’28’ by Brandon Jack | Image: Booktopia

28 by Brandon Jack

Richie Hall – Video Producer

I raced through 28 in a couple of days when it came out in August last year. As a passionate fan of Australian Rules and with September upon us, it felt like a good time to pick it up and reread. Jack’s writing is honest, brutally open and assured. This is a book that should be read by sport lovers and by those that have never picked up a Sherrin. 28 is a memoir on Jack’s upbringing, his playing days with the Sydney Swans and his relationship with the game. He tackles addiction, masculinity, love, family and identity. He includes diary entries from his playing days which are powerful enough to change our way of seeing a world that is usually shown in bright lights.

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Marc Fisher Cooper Men's Boot | Image: Marc Fisher

Marc Fisher Cooper Men’s Boot | Image: Marc Fisher

Marc Fisher Cooper Men’s Boot

Jacob Osborn – Staff Writer

Dubbed the Cooper, these brilliant boots achieve the perfect balance of style and comfort. They come to us from Marc Fisher–the son of Nine West co-founder Jerome Fisher–who crafted best-selling footwear for leading designers before going solo in 2005. Their smooth suede uppers with textile lining feel downright luxurious to the touch and provide for a creamy-like texture when wrapped around your feet, whilst manmade crepe outsoles lend the perfect amount of traction and support.

Eye-catching on the outside and ultra-cosy within, the Cooper boots update a classic chukka framework with a bold and modern aesthetic. With effortless versatility, they elevate a broad spectrum of dress codes and ensembles and make for a year-round wardrobe essential. Choose from a small variety of silhouettes (I went with Grey Suede) and wear them across a host of terrains. It sure beats the dated stuffiness of yesterday’s dress shoes!

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Nick Hall

Nick Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.