More than thirty years ago (in my teens) I was wandering around Florence and noticed a clergyman wearing a flawless clean white shirt, a fashionable cassock, and shiny Prada shoes. But what struck me the most was the scent he was spreading around him. I politely greeted him for his beautiful matching clothes and asked him what perfume he was wearing, because I found it particularly pleasing. He just answered me: - "Il profumo è l' americano Tuscany di Aramis; con questa fragranza puoi usare solo Prada" (The fragrance is the american "Tuscany" by Aramis; with this fragrance I can only use Prada).
A couple of days later I bought my first Tuscany flask and since then I only remember not owning this perfume for the lenght of two years, and after having used my last vintage bottle till the last drop. Currently I own and use the contemporary Aramis and still love it a lot.
Since then I returned to Italy a lot of times and I still have the same initial opinion: This fragrance celebrates the beauty of the Tuscan mesmerizing countryside.
The fragrance is quite manly. It does fit well in mid season to any elegant man - Autumn or Spring, day or night. It has got a wide weather latitude. It's also quite safe to use it in Summer nights and Winter days. It's a serious compliment magnet and a pleasure universal giver, both to men and women. It suggests a true impeccably dressed Italian gentleman, worthy of walking through the fashionable streets of Rome, Milan and Florence. It's a very alluring and sexy fragrance indeed!
The fragrance opens with a fantastic accord of different citrus notes (with a heavenly bergamot), blended with a memorable lavender worthy of being used in the most exquisite fougére perfumes.
The lavender does persist for the second phase where you notice a supreme aniseed note. I must emphasise that the blending quality remains very high all through all the scent evolution. The heart notes propose you also a magnific neroli / orange-blossom that takes over the initial citrus notes.
The bottom notes are all about a spicy basil (mandatory in any true Italian scent) sweetened by tonka and cinnamon. Those frontal notes are framed by the woody background of sandalwood, moss, earthy patchouli, and mainly, by one of the most clear-cut leather scents I have ever experienced. The woody and leather notes ensure the average persistence of the drydown. You won't get neither dark, nor animalic vibes.
Unfortunately this fragrance has only a common performance. The longevity stands up to 6~7 hours with 3 sprays, the sillage is about an arm lenght, and it projects for 2 hours. The 2009 reformulation kept the original potion ingredients but is quite watered down. Due to the Tuscany very competitive price, you may always respray at your own will.
Let's see the math for Tuscany:
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- Scent opening: 10.0 (very very good - citrus and fougère)
- Scent drydown: 9.0 (very good - sweet woody clean leather)
- Longevity: 7.0 (less than 7 hours+ with 3 sprays)
- Sillage: 6.5 (up to 3.5 feet with 3 sprays; projects for 2 hours); You get a rewarding skin scent till the 6th~7th hour.
- Uniqueness: 9.5 (quite unique, very well blended, giving me some faint vibes of other fragrances, but similar to none; Tuscany per Uomo Forte EDP is out of this equation)
- Versatility: 9.0 (almost everywhere, but with better choices for clubbing and formal events. Don't use it while working out or in the beach)
- Wearability: 9.0 (high during Spring and Autumn,... quite adequate during Winter or Summer as well, but avoid extreme heat or cold).
- Compliments: 9.5 (It's a universal pleaser and a compliment magnet)
- Quality: 9.0 (my judgement - does not suggest even a small vibe of being cheap or synthetic. It does smell expensive; with a little better performance it would deserve a 10.0)
- Presentation: 8.0 (discrete but nice. Excellent cap and sprayer.)
- Price: 9.0 (100 ml non tester for 25 Euros + VAT)
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Average: 8.68 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 =above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recomended;
- bigger than 9 = don't miss it;
Advice: A fragrance from the 80's but quite pleasant and up to date. It does attract a lot of compliments and it seems to please everybody. It's almost inexpensive. The downside is the average performance of the current formulation. Nevertheless I do recommend it even with the new formulation!
Blind Buy advice - Yes please!
Music: Andrea Bocelli - "Con Te Partiro"
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