Helpful Review 2
Straight to the point: a fantastic contemporary tobacco scent, if not the best modern revisiting of this ingredient, fairly deserving its place next to “all-times” classics like Havana. Powerful and martial, a well-engineered blend capturing and enhancing all nuances of tobacco, from humid to sweet and from earthy to smoky. The opening shows a bold resinous-spicy and slightly candied feel like in some Lutens (but also Norma Kamali incense, in a way), with silky notes of honey and labdanum, which then progressively get darker and drier making Tabac Aurea reach a sort of “zen” of pure smell of tobacco. All smells thick and dense, incredibly harmonic and solid, a modern symphony ranging from the darkest smokiness of cigarettes to the “wet” richness of freshly-cut tobacco leaves. Almost like a comprehensive “essay” of all the facets of this fantastic material. All wrapped in a warm, sweet, subtle aura of vanillin and resins providing a thin frame of mellow elegance. Rich, thick and linear (three features quite common in contemporary US niche), bold and refined, and also totally versatile. Great persistence, practically immortal on clothes. A must for all tobacco lovers, or more generally, of any fan of “contemporary dark” scents.