Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Joel Rosenthal’s creations tend to not so much develop on the skin, as to scatter in unpredictable patterns like a handful of spilled pearls. In some cases, the results are odd, while in others they are odd, but fascinating. JAR Bolt of Lightning is one of the most unusual creations from the house, with its pairing of white florals and green fruit, creating a deep wet accord against a hot floral breath. Crushed red currants, broken twigs and blooming dahlias is what I think about whenever I wear Bolt of Lightning. It makes me think of a summer garden on a hot July morning, when the dew is evaporating quickly from the leaves and the scents of wet foliage and blooming flowers are hanging thickly in the air.
Once the initial green currant bud note softens, the juicy tart berry comes to the fore. It is rather subtle, but very refreshing. Finally, a note that reminds me of green Bosc pears appears. Intertwining with dark tuberose, it nevertheless remains vibrant, ornamenting the richness of the composition.
For more information on the JAR Parfums, see my review of Golconda.