I had read a few reviews of Aficionado online, and was intrigued by its dark, cigar box promise. It's allegedly discontinued but it can easily be found online, very cheaply (it's currently around £8 for 100ml at FragranceX) Unfortunately, it smells cheap too. The initial blast of fresh (unlit) cigar is quite pleasant, but this quickly fades into a treacly liquorice, and then after 20 minutes it mutates into a kind of metallic patchouli.
Overall, I found this to be a rather dated 1970s style fragrance, in the Hai Karate/Brut mode. I've relegated my 50ml bottle to room freshener status.
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."
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.
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.
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.