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The Trials of St. Urho

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St. Urho, well before some other Johnny-Come-Lately saint with an unaddressed issue with snakes, drove the grasshoppers from Finland! It is to the credit of this most excellent saint that the grape crop, that year long ago and every year since, has flourished and fermented just as it should. No Finnish grape need fear a nibbly doom, and this is our hymn to this most excellent saint and his most excellent works.

St. Urho's feast day is March 16 (just before the day of ANOTHER saint's day you MIGHT be familiar with, because St. Urho got up early to get the job done), and is traditionally celebrated with the wearing of royal purple and grass green and cheers of the same invocation the saint himself used:

"Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!" ("Grasshopper, grasshopper, go to Hell!")

We sing the praises of this good man and his deeds on his feast day, but we celebrate his trials all year, 'cause they did take a while. Our paean: the scent of a grape orchard in dawn's first chilly light. Ripe and fine Muscat grapes, woody vines with slow, bitter sap, and the cool wet air of a morning on which great things will be done.

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  1. Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen! 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Sep 2015

    It smells ...green.
    Very green.
    Like a misty spring morning in the lush vine yards of Finland, with nary a grasshopper in sight.
    After the greenery subsides, a pleasant, woody aroma persists.

    (disclaimer: The author of this review does not accept any responsibility for the lushness or existence of vine yards in Finland, or lack thereof.)

  2. A surprising balance 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jul 2015

    I've never eaten muscat grapes fresh, but this goes on with the complicated, sweet, not quite floral flavor of a good muscat wine accompanied by a lovely burst of damp earth. Sadly, the dirt notes fly away quickly on my skin, but the grapes develop some intriguing woody and nutty notes and a touch of something gritty and bitter like grape skin... The effect is sweet and spicy but still fresh. I've been wearing this a good bit lately to keep me calm and alert at work. A keeper.

  3. Vineyards in Autumn 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Aug 2013

    Grapes are definitely the strongest scent here. From far away, it's all sweet vineyards, but closer in is an undertone of bitter-sweet muskyness. After a while the grape smell diminishes and you are left with an interesting woody smell. Overall this scent is more bitter than sweet, but the musky notes soften the effect and create a dark, sensual experience. I'll definitely be wearing this scent the next time I go out!

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