Castile is a classic citrus shot through with the intoxicating thrill of neroli. Fresh and bursting with the dusky sensuality of warm Mediterranean nights, the neroli marries perfectly with the aromatic tang of bergamot and delicate rose. The citrus notes flood the senses, uplifting and soothing. Woods and musk round off Castile, smoothing everything into a warm lick of marmalade and sunshine, perfect for summer, piquant enough to warm you through in the winter months.
Neroli is distilled from the flowers of the orange blossom tree, using a water distillation method to protect the fragility of the blooms. It takes 1000lbs of blossoms to make 1lb of neroli oil. In Castile the neroli marries perfectly with the aromatic tang of bergamot and delicate rose.
The name neroli derives from Anne Marie Orsini, Duchess of Bracciano, a princess of Nerola. She had a passion for the scent of orange blossom and used it to fragrance her bath water, gowns and gloves. Castile was a kingdom of old Spain, once the vital beating heart of the monarchy, full of fortifications built by the Spanish Christians as they clawed back Spain from the Moors in the 8th and 9th centuries.