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Twelve Smells of York Feature in World's First Scented Guidebook

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4:51pm 16th October 2014

A new guidebook's been launched by Visit York with twelve scents of York on it's pages.

  1. York’s Antiquities: a musty infusion of leather, old books, gold, silver, wood and dust
  2. York in blossom: floral scents including daffodils and roses
  3. Afternoon Tea: the appetising aromas of loose leaf teas, spices and cakes
  4. Chocolate heritage: the indulgent scents of cocoa, butter, sugar and nuts to represent York’s status as Britain’s Home of Chocolate
  5. Railway heritage: a nostalgic infusion of coal, steam, engine oil and iron to represent York’s rich railway history
  6. Rural Yorkshire: the scent of fresh wild heather as it grows on the North York Moors, the grasslands of the Yorkshire Dales and fresh country air
  7. Gardens of York: the relaxing scent of York and Yorkshire’s lavender gardens
  8. York Racecourse: a combination of horse hair, hoof oil, grass and fruit punch
  9. Foodies favourite: a mature smell of strong Yorkshire cheese
  10. Spooky scents: the guidebook has been infused with strong smells of sulphur and roses that are frequently associated with two of York’s eternally restless spirits
  11. Guy Fawkes’ legacy: York is the birthplace of the notorious Guy Fawkes, a man who is now forever associated with the smells of gunpowder, fireworks and burning wood and straw
  12. Seasonal scents: a traditional Christmas aroma of burning frankincense, mince pies and Advent candles in Britain’s Christmas Capital

Kate McMullen, Head of Visit York said, "We expect our limited edition copies of this ‘world-first’ scented guidebook to be very popular.  We’ve already had enquiries from China, India, Australia and America.  Whether you’ve got a soft spot for the scents of the supernatural or a craving for the nostril-nourishing aromas of the world’s greatest countryside, York has something for every nasal persuasion.  If you’re looking for a great Christmas stocking filler, this smell York book should just do the trick."

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