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Tabaróme Millésime (2000)
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Tabaróme Millésime information

Year of Launch2000
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 543 votes)

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HouseCreed
Parent CompanyCreed

About Tabaróme Millésime

Tabarome includes notes of Tobacco, Sandalwood and Vetiver and the liquid is tan coloured.

Tabaróme Millésime fragrance notes

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Reviews of Tabaróme Millésime

Tabaróme Millésime (2000) is a modern re-orchestration of the original Tabaróme (1875) supposedly created by Creed for a wealthy English statesman during the Victorian era. That scent was a dark, sharp, and rich tobacco leather scent which was claimed to have been worn by Winston Churchill alongside Blenheim Bouquet (1902). The 2000's was a period for Creed where they sought to ween themselves off of legacy re-issues and "elevated" takes on conventional designer genres, breaking out into more original and striking designs meant to set Creed apart from their competition, especially in light of the emerging niche segment of ultra-expensive but more-expressive artisinal houses that were focused on perfume as art. Tabaróme Millésime and Himalaya (2002) were early efforts at this, with the latter being more conventional but ironically nicer than the former, and they would continue on with Original Vetiver (2004), Love in White (2005), Original Santal (2005), Love in Black (2008), and a host of limited editions to this end. Creed would be hit-or-miss with this approach, until they decided by the 2010's to blend the faux-history of their redressed, re-issued, then re-vaulted former commissions with a more "classic French approach" that blended the aesthetic of their past with a more avant-garde style, stapling on plenty of "you earned it" status-focused marketing to drive white-collar millenials wild. Unfortunately, the re-orchestration of Tabaróme into Tabaróme Millésime has left it something of a muddled mess that totally misses the mark in what it attempts to do, and although I can see how people like this, I'm pretty indifferent about it considering the tepid performance and mediocre style, especially given its price point and backstory carried over from the original Tabaróme it replaced. Hardcore Creed collectors will wanted the vaulted original, and new wave Creed fan boys won't usually venture farther back into the Creed catalog than Virgin Island Water (2008) unless it's to get a bottle of Green Irish Tweed (1985).

Tabaróme Millésime opens with bergamot and tangerine, a semi-sweet juicy holdover from their 90's period married to the same ozonic sharpness but feeling more like it's created by camphor than sea salt, then spiced up with a hit of ginger. For a scent that claims to be all about tobacco, I get very little actual tobacco in Tabaróme Millésime, and absolutely no leather whatsoever anymore. I have been very happy with most of Olivier Creed's solo compositions without a Pierre Bourdon or his son Erwin to assist him, but on this one he appears to have completely murdered the legacy of Tabaróme in the name of modern appeal, which is not unlike what designers would do a decade or so later with their own reboots of classic fragrance lines using entirely new compositions. Cardamom and sandalwood bridge the fruity citrus Y2K opening and ginger to the new aromatic base of Tabaróme Millésime, with the old pipe tobacco of the original replaced with a faintly-detectable whole leaf variety similar to Versace the Dreamer (1996) but not as distinguished. Dry patchouli, Creed's signature ambergris, musk, Iso E Super, and galbanum in the base (like Silver Mountain Water) create the final woodsy skin feel of Tabaróme Millésime, but it's fleeting and under performs not just for this price segment or Creed, but altogether as a parfum in general, making for an underwhelming 6 hours max wear life. Tabaróme Millésime is certainly more mature and formal when compared to its Creed contemporaries of the time, and likely the choice of older clients looking to branch out from their vaulted classics, but it's a huge let down for anyone else, Creed fan or not, especially with so many better options within and outside of the house. All that said, the fragrance isn't bad, just not good enough for a "modern reworking" of a revered classic, nor as a high-end entry into the tobacco trend that was happening around that time, although if you said somebody like Avon or Lomani composed this and sold it for a twentieth of the price, I might have given it a thumbs up.

I don't know what to really say. I don't hate the stuff, but I don't really think it gets the point across for what it is supposed to be, and Tabaróme Millésime is pleasant enough of a scent, but leans too hard on it's purpose to bridge the ultra high-end designer 90's business model with the new heritage-flavored niche 2000's one. I almost like their 2010's prestige-focused works better because they at least try to give performance and stylistic distinction for their money, even if they come across as a very expensive peacock-feathered solution to a massive corporate middle-management insecurity pandemic that seems to be sweeping all our male USD $150,000+ annual earners across the Western world. No amount of Creed from any era will save them from being laid off when software replaces them, and local offices close in favor of remote-operating IT guys wiring into HQ servers from home halfway across the globe, and those guys don't even climb out of their pajamas to wear designer duds let alone use cologne of any sort (I'm friends with some so I know), and the older CEOs they teleconference with, to whom the style of Tabaróme Millésime might appeal most, wear Roja Dove or Clive Christian anyway because they've graduated -from- Creed. I guess if you're the kind of person who needs every last variety of Creed in existence for your collection, you're bound to find some favor in this to take it home, plus if this found it's way into your collection as a gift, it would see some appropriate use in office or business casual settings, but buying this by choice for the prices it carries seems so foolish to me when - like Creed Viking (2017) - there is so much better reference material in the genre for less. I'll give a neutral rating, but it's a really heart-wrung neutral since I love tobacco fragrances, and even discounting the awkward fruity citrus 90's opening, there isn't enough meat on these bones to make me buy into what Tabaróme Millésime is selling. That's all I got.
26th November, 2018
Just about a thumbs up.

I wasn't blown away but I must admit that Tabarome was a lot better that many reviews had suggested. It just lacks bit of magic. Where many leather/tobacco scents are dry or mixed with fruit and spice this has a soapiness to it. Or maybe a creaminess?? Anyway it is quite different from others in the genre.

6.5/10
06th November, 2018
Starts with a sharp citrus blast but then quickly dries to a woody, spicy warmness. The leather shows up deeper into the drydown. I don't get much tobacco but what I do get is the floral-leaf variety.

Feels dressed up, mature, refined and maybe more suited to cooler weather. Just to be clear, I do not consider this to be something a young guy cannot wear. I feel it's pretty versatile for age.

Projects nicely off my skin for the first three hours then starts to fade. Longevity is below average.
29th June, 2018
A soapy, soft scent with way more leather than tobacco. Mild sushi ginger spice. There are bolder, darker, more masculine options out there.
09th November, 2017
"A good tobacco
Should be seen with the mind's eye,
Not heard with its ears."
09th September, 2017
A cologne once worn by Winston Churchill, Tabarome Millesime is a classy, dark tobacco-wood scent that is not for everyone. I like its dark, leathery quality out of pure fascination, along with the realization that I was testing out a legendary Creed Millesime fragrance.

Other than that, I don’t think I’d try to wear Tabarome out of the house except for sheer curiosity of whether others would notice, and how. A*Men Pure Havane is a more palatable alternative that is more down-to-earth and modern, IMO.
02nd May, 2017

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