It is interesting to be able to read here on parfumo, how strongly this fragrance should polarize, yet it has not (yet) been enough for a critical review in the comments section. Quite strange. It's certainly easier to promote a fragrance than to talk it into the ground. Nevertheless, the same applies to praise as to criticism: it is based on personal assumptions, expectations and preferences, and therefore does not have to be shared by third parties, neither in part nor in its entirety. In this sense, the following comment is also to be understood.
First, I must confess: I am a fan of the Private Blend series by Tom Ford. This brought out great fragrances over many years, but has recently clearly lost in quality, as far as the direction of the range is concerned. The new releases recently are all mixed and sometimes not (more) worth the price that is proclaimed by the official side. Too bad, but so is the course of events.
Tuscan Leather, to keep it short, does not please me at all on my skin. He seems to me in the overall view completely unbalanced, downright exhausting in the top note and frighteningly meager in the base note, for me simply a failure! To the truth, however, also belongs to admit that I have already perceived him in other people as quite acceptable (more), even - in one case - as quite exciting, so different can be the skin chemistry in individual cases (unfortunately).
The sweet prelude is, to say the least, an olfactory horror for me, even in the drydown this not to tame raspberry is still omnipresent. Although nuances of balsamic and herbaceous notes are recognizable here and there in the course of the fragrance, however, these are rejected by the overbred fruit of the field, so that you want to let go unnerved from the back of your own hand, because this penetrating sweetness rises too strongly in the nose. The eponymous chords of leather are of little help, too weakly worked out in the base note for my taste. Maybe I'm just used to more potent leather scents. Whether the perfumer should be reproached for this of all things, personal expectations have not fully served, remains certainly questionable, however, the leather does not want to please me in its composition.
Because Tuscan Leather smells in the course sometimes strongly of chemical products from the series of pharmaceutical residual products and industrial plastics, which found their way via detours to the tanner, who wants to go habitually to action, only to stop halfway through the work, because fully overwhelmed. No, this combination of sweetened berry compote with a hint of solvent and soft leather nuances is not to my taste at all and has already made me recoil in similar disappointment with Fragrance Du Bois' Milano. That should have been warning enough for me. From Tuscan Leather, which is advertised in many places as less sweet than the Milano, I hoped for more in the end then.
Summa summarum has Tuscan Leather - for me - little exclusive or even significant in itself, for it he convinces me from the craftsmanship simply much too little, even if just in this point the opinions here in the forum will certainly diverge. Its name promises Tuscan flair, but what you get is at best an Italian large-scale industrial plant for composites, whose halls are lined with a multitude of scented trees spraying the scent of synthetic raspberry. Fantasy or not, Tuscan Leather does not conjure up Mediterranean images in my mind.
Who likes it sweet-spicy and at the same time also dark, but just not (so) leathery, is in my opinion with Plum Japonais from the Private Blend series of Tom Ford much better served. The sweetness steps here in the drydown excellent behind the spice, without saying goodbye completely. If, on the other hand, you can do without sweetness altogether, but don't want to let go of the leather and want to continue to poach in the Private Blend series, then reach for Oud Wood Intense, another, but in this case wonderfully implemented fraudulent label fragrance from the house of Tom Ford. The leather is here much more full-bodied, more authentic and, in turn, also - in my opinion - more honest because by all means rougher implemented.
Before is inquired, the Tuscan Leather Intense version I have not yet been allowed to test for comparison, I'll get but soon after.
(Greetings go out to the good Kap1405, which has provided me with a bottling)