The subtlety of some things is what makes them so good. To the unseasoned individual Nantucket Red is Nantucket Red; it just is what it is. To an extent this is true. The real stuff can only be had from Murray’s, as far as I am concerned so this helps keep things simple (although Lifshitz and Crew have tried to pawn off their versions to masses in the past).
But like a fine wine, the aging of the Red is what gives it character, mystique and panache. It is that fade that occurs over time that I speak of. What starts as a rich Red inevitably fades to a softer version of its former self. But certainly not so much that it can be considered a different color altogether. So although there is only one Nantucket Red, the shades of it are nearly infinite.
Exhibit A: Below you will see three pairs of Reds. To the left is a brand new pair. Center is a moderately washed and worn pair. To the right is a heavily washed and worn pair. As the eye moves left to right it can’t help but notice each pair has a progressively softer red color to it. A life cycle of sorts. Well worn, worn well.