The key ingredient to the Red Sox scent, best I can tell, is the tonka bean. Like Waseda U., I had never heard of a tonka bean until I began poking around the perfume beat. The tonka bean is from the pea family of plants. It is black and wrinkled and blends smells redolent of vanilla, almond, and cinnamon. Sorta reminds me of some of that suntan lotion around the hotel pool in Winter Haven and Fort Myers.
“The Boston Red Sox fragrance captures the enduring pride and legendary tenacity of the traditional sportsman lifestyle.’’ So says the ad copy for Red Sox Eau de Toilette.
Yep, traditional sportsman lifestyle. All wrapped up in a $55 bottle of je ne sai quoi. Hey, whatever. I guess it’s the perfect 3.4-ounce confluence of pine tar and tonka bean.
But I have to say, the traditionalist in me highly doubts that former Sox such as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Yaz would have lathered up in Red Sox Eau de Toilette. I think the Babe in particular would have followed his nose to a good bourbon and a rib-eye steak. No one’s going to bottle that any time soon. Some smells are just best left to the imagination.