La Route Des Epices

With gold and silver coins in your chests, barrels of food in your holds, set out on an ocean adventure to return with a cargo of spices that you have carefully selected with your sense of smell. This olfactory and strategic game will allow you to live crazy adventures at sea!
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Chartering ships to conquer new territories and acquire a monopoly on spices was the objective of the various Indian Companies in the 17th and 18th centuries. Relive this adventure by learning to recognize the smell of spices to be able to buy them at the best price, then don't hesitate to resell them to get rich along the way. To win, return to Europe as soon as possible with your precious cargo, so eagerly awaited on the markets of Europe.
Thanks to this strategic and sensory game, you will imagine the adventure of the first navigators by understanding the mechanisms of the world trade and by discovering olfactory 16 spices with so characteristic smells which were used as much to look after as to decorate food.
Spice Route - Sentosphere
Smells contained
100% natural scents: Cumin, Star Anise, Lemongrass, Coconut, Coffee, Vanilla, Nutmeg, Coriander, Ginger, Oregano, Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon.
Aromatic compositions: Curry, Pepper, Tea.
Manufacturing secrets
The fragrances are formulated in our creation studios in Paris by Véronique Debroise, our president and founder, who is a trained perfumer. The scents are then produced in our factory in the Yvelines.
A game created and manufactured 100% in France.
Advice for use
Our scent capsules are guaranteed for a minimum of 2 years of olfaction and can last much longer if closed after each game with the right cap. Keep the game away from a heat source.
Can't recognize a smell? Don't panic, the sense of smell can be worked on! Someone who is not used to recognizing smells without the help of a written aid may find it a difficult exercise, but we guarantee that with a little practice, it will become child's play.
Our first tip is to learn to categorize the smell you are smelling: is it sweet? fruity? woody? floral? etc.
Our second tip is to know what the smell evokes for you. Indeed, the sense of smell is the sense that has the most memory! A smell can therefore evoke a season (strawberries in summer), a person (the smell of lavender in your grandmother's closet), a dish, a shampoo, a place, etc. Automatically, this will help you make the connection and put a word on your olfactory sensation.
Finally, smells are like colors. They are full of nuances. In the same way that there are shades of green, there are multiple shades of apples: Green apple, Golden, Granny Smith, Apple juice, Apple sauce... The smells proposed in our games are therefore one of the many shades of smell that we have tried to make as realistic and qualitative as possible.
Having difficulties in naming a smell does not mean that one does not have a sense of smell but just that one does not yet have the brain plasticity to make a link between the perceived sensation that arrives in the center of perception, the hypothalamus, and the language center. This is acquired with time, as perfumers and oenologists can do.
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Technical specification

Box Contents:
1 game board
16 spice diffusers
5 ship counters
66 cards
54 pieces
72 spice bundles
9 small barrels
1 rule of the game

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