I have the vintage version with the red label and would not recommend buying the new version. I don't think anyone would produce this scent these days, it's not sweet, aquatic, fresh, or has oud.
This is dry, intensely herbal with pine, woodworm and concentrated celery notes. I get none of the musky, dirty or animalistic aromas just mostly wood and herbs.
If I were to blind smell this I think I could pick this out of a large crowd it is very different. It might not appeal to many and it's a mature, outdoorsy scent with sillage and projection that is outstanding depending on your environment.
Very polarizing and a must for serious collector.
09th January, 2017 (last edited: 29th January, 2017)
Vincent Marcello was a very busy boy in the mid-late 70's and early 80's! The genetic fingerprint in his work is clearly apparent with Caron Yatagan, Halston Z-14 and Phileas by Nina Ricci. Of the three, the Halston is the easiest to wear, but the Yatagan is the most unique. All are well crafted with excellent projection and longevity.
Pine needles, woodworm, castoreum and tons of styrax set this into a frenzy of carnal delight. *Visions of ticked-off lumberjacks tying you naked to a tree in a damp, cold pine forest come to mind. Sorta exposed for the world to see (and smell)!
Yatagan is exceedingly strange and oddly exhilarating both at once. Just don't wear this one to church!
Yatagan came out in 1976, four years before Bogart One Man Show, but having smelled One Man Show first, that's what this one reminds me of, although this edges the Bogart for pleasant refinement. It has a woodsy, castoreum base that's impressively well done, and the fragrant notes laid over the top add a nice balance.
28th September, 2016 (last edited: 06th November, 2016)
Unusual, quite possibly unique, yet in the most compelling way. Classified as a so-called "Oriental" fragrance just like Habit Rouge, I can see the connection even though the two smell utterly unlike one another. Habit Rouge gets there via warmth, floral spice, and a certain sweetness; Yatagan, on the other hand, takes a route that's dry, intensely herbal, and authoritative. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, this is on the other end of the spectrum from something like, say, Aventus and its pineapple-y appeal. Not one for boys and girls, Yatagan is adult in nature but nowhere near "old." Still cutting edge, I'd argue. In fact, put it in a smaller, fancier bottle, triple the price, and call it "niche" -- I'm almost certain it would garner even more attention and accolades.
I've had this for quite a while, but just hadn't gotten around to wearing it yet. I smelled it when it first arrived and thought it had a strangeness to it that I couldn't put my finger on at first. Now after wearing it, I understand this frag a little better. Since pine fragrances are my favorites, I bought Yatagan based on it's reputation as a good pine frag. It does have a slight edge of pine, but there's not enough for my taste, and there's much more going on here. Upon application, the first few seconds brings a burst of sparkle that smells just like Lubin's Itasca. Unfortunately, it only lasts for that brief split instant...then comes the skank. There is a definite animalic going on with Yatagan and that's the strangeness I couldn't identify at first when I smelled it months ago. I don't care for animalics. Muscs Kublai Khan is vile to my nose, and though Yataghan doesn't have any where near the skank of MKK, it's still there. It lessens my enjoyment of Yatagan, but it's not all bad. I wore it today and the dry down got a little better as the day wore on. It may be in part because it doesn't have the greatest longevity or sillage. Those who love animalics should give it a try. I will try it again in the future and see if it grows on me. It's a neutral rating for me at the moment.