Derby (1985)
    by Guerlain




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    Reissued in 2005 for the renovated flagship Guerlain store on the Champs-Elysees.

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Leather

    When a scent is as universally praised as Derby, the obvious question is always Could it really be that good? In this case my answer is a resounding You bet your backside it is!

    Inside an hours acquaintance Derby arced into the lofty orbit of my esteem that's shared by Patou pour Homme and Knize Ten. Derby is a paragon among leather scents, and it may well be the most interesting Guerlain fragrance Ive tried since Jicky and Mitsouko. With its barely revealed hints of civet and animalic musk (castoreum?), Derby is a sleek, well groomed animal in a custom tailored suit. Its a very sophisticated scent, but its no less a power hitter than the more raucous Kouros and Yatagan. If Derby were a man, hed be suave, cultured, and dignified, but hed also really know his way around the bedroom.

    Along with power and complexity, another of Derbys outstanding features is its blending. The accords are so seamless that I cant determine where one ends and the next begins. Derby evolves through several fascinating stages on the skin, but the transitions are so smooth and gradual as to be undetectable. Derby is no scent for little boys (of any age). You must be self-assured, worldly, and well seasoned by lifes vicissitudes to carry this scent off convincingly. You wont smell like an old man if youre not qualified. Youll just smell like youre trying too hard.

    12 June, 2014

    Kain's avatar

    Iran Iran

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    Before saying anything about this fragrance, I must say that I'm not a fan of classic fragrances!
    I can't stand most of them at all!
    This fragrance made in 80's so I was expecting something old fashion and dated which remind me of my grandpa!
    After sniffing this, there was only one word in my mind....
    A masterpiece!
    Work of art by master Jean-Paul Guerlain!
    I haven't seen or it's better to say didn't sniff a fragrance that mix old fashion and modern scents perfectly like this before.
    In the opening I get a semi fresh scent with some green notes like vetiver mixed with smooth leather and hint of sweetness in the background.
    There are some floral notes in the background too.
    Very beautiful scent.
    In the mid woodsy notes joined in and give this beautiful scent much more masculine vibe.
    Every note mixed perfectly with other notes.
    Really complex scent and really well balanced.
    Good projection and longevity and extremely versatile.
    10/10 without any doubt!

    01st June, 2014

    G.M.K.'s avatar

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    It took so long to write about a fragrance of this calibre , Guerlain is the trend setter in perfumery for others and so is Derby and Jicky for Guerlains itself imho.

    Apart from the likings or dislikings (as it is a very subjective and vastly varies ) , Derby is a very very complex and rich fragrance which could not be evaluated in a few wearings, I have been wearing it since few months and I am still discovering something new in it on every wearing.

    This starts( don't enjoy the start a lot) very herbal and pungent due to so many spices but majorly i get mace and patchouli which remains so dominant till the drydown kicks in , the drydown is the part which i love , its very Guerlain , smooth , subtle , smokey leather and musky sandalwood with mesmerizing aura of Guerlain's signature.

    A Masterpiece but not for everyone

    20th May, 2014

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    I just spent some serious cash on a backup bottle of sealed 25 year old derby. why? cuz it's the greatest - and i mean GREATEST - fragrance ever created, at least to this nose. this 'new' bottle is incredible: the scent has deepened and matured while maintaining its balance and vibrancy. the heady mix of bergamot, pepper, leather and oak moss maintains a discreet sillage with impressive longevity of around 8 hours. as much as i love diaghilev and patou homme, this is my holy grail. jean-paul's magnum opus!

    10th May, 2014

    Colin Maillard's avatar

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    Gorgeous, powerful, perfectly-shaped balsamic opening with woody vetiver notes, jasmin (feels more like lavender for me), cloves/eugenol feel, cistus, patchouli, citrus notes. Really bold, dense, warm and masculine, with sweet floral notes and refreshening citrus accents. Elegant, dry, dark leather base emerging as minutes pass. Great, perfect oriental/chypre in the "timeless classic bibles" family of Jicky, Yatagan, Guerlain's Vetiver and like these, perfectly wearable today.

    10/10

    19 April, 2014

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    Gentlemanly Masterpiece

    Derby was originally launched in 1983 as the second masterpiece of the now disgraced Jean Paul Guerlain (his first being Habit Rouge). He released numerous feminine scents, but like the Guerlains who preceded him, his real talent was creating gentlemanly perfumes.

    Derby came to the fore in time when the last vestiges of classical (by classical, I mean Victorian/Edwardian/Belle Epoch, etc.) perfumery had come to end in the 1960s. Derby likely took much inspiration from another timeless and brilliant scent that was introduced a few years earlierthe irreproachable Patou pour Homme designed by the mainstream fragrance industrys final farewell hero, Jean Kerleo.
    Derby is a leathery woody fragrance for men, most suitable for autumn or winter evening wear. The opening is a brisk bergamot and green herbs followed by a soft floral heart of Spanish jasmine and Bulgarian rose with aromatic spices such as nutmeg. The base is built strongly with a good portion of real oakmoss, patchouli, and sandalwood.
    The overall feel of Derby is dark, but never brooding or overpowering. It is an 80s powerhouse style fragrance if you will, but retains more than enough good breeding under the watchful eye of Mr. Guerlain himself.
    The juice itself has darkened to almost dark brown at this point (purchased and shipped from Italy recently), but I feel nothing has suffered the passing of time save maybe the citrus because Derby contains mostly elements that improve over time if stored properly like a 1963 vintage Bordeaux wine. My bottle is the first edition "eagle" bottle that is supposed to look like an eagle with its wings outstretched. It was horribly unpopular and Guerlain quickly changed to the standard rectangular bottle.

    14 September, 2013

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