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Havana part 2 - also hit here topic
After sniffing at and commenting on Severo yesterday, now the next scent of the Havana pentalogy by Jacques Zolty.
A "Cubata" is actually a long drink and the big brother of the Cuba Libre, like a Cuba Libre only with a really good dark ripe rum. It also brings a significantly different amount of taste nuances into play. No comparison to the simple white standard drum. But actually the fragrance is not about the drink Cubata, but about the smell of a cigar factory, the tobacco leaves and the people working there.
The fragrance starts quite smoky and sweet, slightly alcoholic, slightly scratchy but not too unpleasant. That fits the pyramid, but I find the honey and the rum from the heart note very present at the beginning. You can really imagine a spicy good rum in your cola, but the smoke and tobacco are much stronger.
A little the smell is initially nothing for weak nerves because it turns up well.
After the excitement has subsided a little, the smoke goes back a little. I smell something floral not mentioned in the pyramid. Slowly the rum note also recedes and the scene relaxes.
In the base I mainly perceive a nice leather-tobacco note, supported by a rather reserved light sweetness which only has a soft honey tone. A certain pleasant astringency remains, I suppose the guaiac wood is partly to blame for that. And a little bit dirty and smoky he remains after all.
All in all a beautiful and exciting development. Quite a lot of ruckus at the beginning, marked relaxation in the base.
Cubata presents the life in the tobacco factory suitably, therefore again: Topic met. Smoking is also done there and perhaps one or the other Coke/Rum Longdrink is plastered. Tobacco leaves have a high olfactory complexity and smell of many things like honey or coffee and not only of "tobacco", that is well captured here. Anyone who has ever sniffed at really good Cuban cigars will confirm this.
I can think of two comparisons: Tobacco Vanilla and Gold Knight. Cubata is almost a good layer experiment from both scents. From Tom Ford of course the tobacco and the sweetness, the Kilian controls the clear honey note and the woody base to it. Only the smokiness which is still present in the base is missing.
In comparison to the Severo from the same series which has Cuba Libra as a sub-theme and also mixes at the end with tobacco/leather, one must recognize clear differences. More happens with the Cubata, it is perhaps one too many with the smoke and the strong development for the non-parfumo member. The Severo remains more pleasing and smoother (if you like leather), the Cubata is more excited and a bit dirtier. Both are great.
Really fine thing, gets on the wish list.