Cigar Aficionado (1997)
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    Bigsly's avatar
    United States United States

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    Excellent quality for the price.

    Note that I think this is a different scent from Cigar by Remy Latour but I haven't tried that bottle design. In any case, this is very rich in patchouli and there's quite a bit of amber. In some ways it is reminiscent of Borneo 1834, though this one came first. Borneo is drier than this one, and perhaps not as sweet, but otherwise there are distinct similarities. I'm guessing there is spice and a bit of tobacco here, but the softened/sweetened patchouli is the most obvious element. Unlike A*Men, it is not vanillic, and isn't that sweet. This is not at all like Cuba Red, which is dry/spicy and quite woody (and a bit "synthetic"), other than perhaps mild tobacco notes. This is well worth the money, unless it's been reformulated badly of course, though if you want a more balanced scent with tobacco (rather than one like this that is patchouli-dominant), the new formulation of Vermeil might be better (for this price range). Projection ("sillage") is moderate (spraying more might help) but longevity seems at least good.

    Pros: Inexpensive but reasonable quality.
    Cons: Not for patchouli haters and don't expect a lot of tobacco here."

    15 September, 2013

    necrosero's avatar
    Romania Romania

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    Synthetic, harsh, almost metallic opening blast of sour, raunch, bitter, stingy citruses. Mellows down into a semi-bitter cocoa-tobacco mix, that is not sweet, but not incredibly bitter as the opening. And it just stays there, no more development for this guy. Longevity: a lot, about, 8-10 hours, and you can still smell it on your shirt the next day. Projection: quite a lot, in the beginning it's quite loud, it settles down after 30 minutes, but it never becomes a "skin scent". All in all, it does smell somewhat cheap and dated, and it's not really my cup of tea.

    19 December, 2011

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    Wise Owl
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    A lovely dark, smoky, sweet tobacco scent that lasts for ages and ages. Very masculine, but not as heavy and cloying as some tobacco fragrances can be. Apparently discontinued now, but it can still be bought cheaply at a few places on-line. If you like tobacco based scents then this is definitely worth a try.

    12 November, 2011

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    Amos Jolthead
    United States United States

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    A great 'man's fragrance. A great dark, tobacco scent, I was honestly shocked to see how cheap this stuff was. People say this is discontinued, but I still find it readily available on some websites, so maybe there's a secret stockpile somewhere. Good sillage and good longevity.

    08 October, 2011

    Swanky's avatar
    United States United States

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    Aficionado (the word "Cigar" doesn't appear on the box nor on the bottle) is definitely a throwback to the 70s and 80s heyday of pungent and aromatic masculine fragrances. It has some of the tobacco/leather character of Bogart and Z-14 with a smoky note similar to Jacomo de Jacomo. The bottle is old school as well.

    For the price this is a good under-the-radar selection for the guy who'd like to smell a bit unique for a budget price.

    01st August, 2011

    silentrich's avatar
    United States United States

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    This one surprised me. It's a sweet tobacco fragrance that's dark and comforting. Projection is perfect on this one. The big surprise on this is the tobacco note which does smell like an unlit cigar. I'm not a huge fan of the vanilla base, but it does seem to take the edge off the tobacco note. Not bad for the price.

    30th June, 2011 (Last Edited: 22 January, 2013)

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