"I dreamed the goddess poured ambrosia over your head—out of a ladle." Oh, man! Could I have this nectar forever? A symphony of boozy-smoky prelude, a floral-leathery interlude, which turns into a sweet-powdery postlude!
Man In Black is relatively bold and masculine, but I find, as we move into autumn/winter, it is not overpowering. It can be worn for both day or night, a darker type of fragrance, and In my opinion, three essential notes make In Black unique. The first is amber rum, one of the top notes, a pure natural extract obtained by highly precise extraction techniques that provides the initial wave of fruity, amber notes. Where many amber rums are characterized by excessive sweetness or harshness, this one has the rich flavor of rum and the complexity more typically associated with a refined whiskey barrel for a spirit. It is full of the aromas and flavors of vanilla, intense caramel nuttiness, and vibrant minerality, made from molasses and sugarcane juice, with a lingering finish that brings sweet notes of butterscotch, balanced with earthy tobacco.
It is all about the boozy, spicy, and smoky opening. I love how the spices are enriching the slightly sweet amber touch and how these balance the irresistibly gorgeous rum note.
The second is tuberose, and here we are in the middle notes, a feminine flower prized for its narcotic opulence that adds an ultra-sensual, manliness dimension. Once the flower heart starts to come out, together with the sweet and buttery orris absolute, it reveals the gentleman in this man who drank a bit too much rum and smoked a tad too much tobacco in the first place.
Last but not least, is the understated allure of leather, its sweet, smoky, woody tobacco notes imparting a faintly oaky, natural, light tone. The harmonious blend of the different ingredients like woods, spices, leather, and amber give life to this cologne. When the fragrance opens up, you can already smell some hints of leather notes, tuberose, spices, rum, and iris.
Black has an intense scent and sharp composition. It depends on your choice as to whether you want to use it for daily use, but many find it best to use for business occasions or special events or at night time. Its longevity is merely incredible. If you want to use it for daytime wear, you will be surprised that the scent still lingers after the day ends. It is boozy, spicy, and slightly smoky with a fair degree of warmth for the colder weather. Projection wise, it isn't all that powerful. It is a decently heavy cologne, but it doesn't project like a beast. It is also a more mature kind of scent, so I'd recommend it for guys in their mid-twenties and up. It is masculine and kind of sexy, but it would work more as a casual type of cologne.
Overall, is Man in Black worth it? Yes, this is a well put together fragrance for guys who like darker/spicier kinds of scents. I enjoy how it smells, and it does have excellent longevity. I do wish that it was a bit bolder, however, if you need something understated, Man in Black will do the job. One last thing, despite the very different opening, In Black smells nearly similar to V&R Spicebomb, especially in the middle and final stages.