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Vetiver Bourbon (2006)
by Miller Harris


Vetiver Bourbon information

Year of Launch2006
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 26 votes)

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HouseMiller Harris
PerfumerLyn Harris

About Vetiver Bourbon

Vetiver Bourbon is a masculine fragrance by Miller Harris. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Lyn Harris

Reviews of Vetiver Bourbon

Less IS often more but do most of us really want less? Most fragrance wearers want at least a little edge in their perfumes. Part of the fun of wearing anthing is someone at least noticing it if not necessarily approving of it. I'm not sure wearing Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon is gonna get you noticed.
The scent opens with candied lemon. This note vanishes almost completely very very quickly and a really nice smokiness emerges. The earthiness here is not pungent. This scent does anything but punch you in the face. No flowers. No fruit. Clean. Quiet. A little austere. Is it too subtle? Depends what day you ask me. I do feel the patchouli may assert itself a little too much in the drydown. This is a minor criticism, it's just that I really like vetiver and smoke. Patchouli and vetiver by the way are paired as base notes in the wonderful Sel de Vetiver released the same year.
The scent is very close to the skin. One appreciative reviewer wrote that she found herself wanting to douse herself with Vetiver Bourbon. I understand. If you want anyone to admire this stuff on you, he or she may need to be on top of you. Maybe a stripped-down, reticent, linear, earthy scent isn't everyone's idea of a good time. Why not just dilute down a little mix of vetiver and patchouli oil if you want to smell this way? Well...OK...maybe. Perhaps this is a case of the personality of the wearer being more important than usual in really liking something like this. For me the scent is intriguing.
20th November, 2011
Vetiver Bourbon is named for the specific variety of vetiver - bourbon vetiver - that originates from Reunion Island. This tiny island floats east off Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and was renamed from Bourbon Island after the French Revolution.

Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon is a deep green salty vetiver that when combined with oakmoss, patchouli and amber has a distinctly oriental feel. The base has a slight licorice bite to add character to the thick green scent. Patchouli is barely noticeable but adds to the clean darkness of this scent. This vetiver is best applied to the body so it is not smelled too close up. I think this juice has an almost narcotic smell. It is powerful but enticing.

For many years the special group of Miller Harris fragrances called "Nouvelle Collection" were unavailable in the U.S. but are now being distributed by MiN New York (I am not affiliated) at their shop in Soho, NYC and also soon to be available to the rest of us. My favorites from this extra special group from Miller Harris are Bourbon Vetiver (vetiver oriental), Fleurs de Sel (ocean leather) and En Sens de Bois (orris incense).
26th May, 2011 (last edited: 27th May, 2011)
Top vetiver fragrance.
It's a pure vetiver.

Not gourmand'ish like Vetiver Tonka by Hermes.
Not resinous and sappy like Vetiver Oriental. By Serge Lutens.
Not creamy and nutty like Vetyver by Givenchy.
Not floral like Vetyverii by Diptique.
Not salty like Sel de Vetivrt by The Differejt Company.
Not smoky like Encre Noire by Lalique and Sycomore by Chanel.
Not soapy fresh like Vetiver by Guerlain.
Not citric like Vetiver by Dior, Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford and Vetiver by Comme des Garçons.
Not earthy and damp like Vetiver by Lorenzo Villoresi.
Not weak like Noble Vetiver by Chopard.

The only others similar to this are Vetiver by Etro and Turtle Vetiver by Les Nez.
It's a rooty vetiver. If you like this then you like vetiver.
27th April, 2011
I am particularly partial to a finely blended and well conceived vetiver, but sadly Miller Harris have yet to make one.

Vetiver Bourbon greets you with a plangent boom that is both viscous and resinous, and emits a distinct liquorice quality. Sadly, it is the middle and late statges that deflate any optimism. Any real beauty that exists is drowned out by the mariachi band of poorly chosen accompanying ingredients.

Should you be the keenest enthusiast of a bourbon vetiver, then I would recommend Eau de Vétyver by Le Jardin Retrouvé.
28th March, 2011
lunoar Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This immediately reminds me of Encre Noir which is hardly suprising as both contain bourbon vetiver in large amounts. But, where EN is a thick, bitter, dark vetiver monster the MH is a slightly lighter, breezier creature. As EN is one of my favourite frags i can really appreciate and enjoy the MH due to some similarities but its still EN i'd buy.
29th March, 2010
This is an intriguing vetiver that undergoes endless changes before it settles on the drydown. I've tried it several times now and I can't quite convince myself to buy a bottle yet, mainly because I already have a bottle of Lalique's Encre Noir at home and their characters are very close, though the Lalique lacks what Odysseusm calls the 'briny' effect (of the patchouli?).
27th March, 2010

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