1881 Acqua Forte (2013)

1881 Acqua Forte by Nino Cerruti
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1881 Acqua Forte is a perfume by Nino Cerruti for men and was released in 2013. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It was last marketed by Coty.

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Perfumer

Olivier Cresp

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesYuzu, Cardamom
Heart Notes Heart NotesBasil, Cascalone®
Base Notes Base NotesCashmere wood, Rosewood

Ratings

Scent

7.3 (59 Ratings)

Longevity

5.8 (46 Ratings)

Sillage

5.1 (49 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (61 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 12.09.2018
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Spring Wanted Badly!
What can we do if – like this year in my country– spring still isn't coming. People have colds when they should suffer from hayfever. All branches and twigs are empty, not the slightest hint of fresh green so far. Let's conjure up spring with a brand new fresh and citric fragrance!

Cerruti's 1881 Acqua Forte has crossed my path – and immediately found its way into my collection. I am not a big fan of citric perfumes – but yuzu always puts a smile on my face. I like this transparent, greenish and slightly bitter scent that this asian fruit has to offer. It is part of the game in some citric-aquatic perfumes by Kenzo and Issey Miyake. We find Yuzu more distinctive in Pierre Guillaumes wonderful Yuzu ab Irato, and in the recent Caron release, Yuzu Man.

Whereas Pierre Guillaume's rather strong fragrance seems to confirm a certain clichée – to be somewhat special, inaccessible, just “niche” - Caron's contribution may have turned out to be a bit boring and conservative. And so, Cerruti's 1881 Acqua Forte is just entering the scene at the right moment.

1881 Acqua Forte starts wonderfully citric and green – with just that kind of airiness and buoyancy that I link with Yuzu. A little spicy cardamom seed and a fresh green aspect provided by basil may have a part in that accord. I sense some floral hints that quickly vanish towards the heart of the fragrance. There is a slightly woody background. Fortunately the announced Cascalone is not too present – not more than a very soft hint of sea breeze. Aquatic notes staying well in the background cannot be experienced too often. 1881 Acqua Forte is neither synthetic nor rough and raspy from cheap ingredients. Well done!

They cheated with the name: Of course, 1881 Acqua Forte is not “forte” at all. The 125 ml bottle is not sized too big since one may spray generously. Most of the citric note is quickly vanishing but its vibes hang on. I do not see much in common with 1881 Homme. Neither the original, not its many flankers have impressed me much so far, and so the Acqua Forte is a surprise to me.

1881 Acqua Forte stands in the tradition of the classic Eau de Cologne, but it deviates from the tradition by containing the more modern Yuzu and Cascalone. In opposite to the sometimes problematic offers from Kenzo and Issey Miyake, 1881 Acqua Forte behaves mannerly and humble – not very demanding but without being frumpy or boring. One could call it simple but good – and that is not the worst one could say about an Eau de Cologne. Look forward to a beautiful new summer fragrance that is particularily inexpensive on top!
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