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Cuir Tabac (2011)
by David Jourquin


Cuir Tabac information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

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HouseDavid Jourquin

About Cuir Tabac

Cuir Tabac is a shared / unisex perfume by David Jourquin. The scent was launched in 2011

Cuir Tabac fragrance notes

Reviews of Cuir Tabac

Cuir Tabac, my first emotional approach with the David Jourquin-olfactory experience, is a quite serious affair, an intellectual juice for the modern edonist (bold and daring, a contemporary gentleman with a nineteenth-century romantic/adventurous spirit), a laborious twist of realistic patchouli (quite rooty, woodsy and earthy), dry cigar tobacco (fragrant and vivid), boozy/resinous (vaguely liquorous and incensey) spices, soothing balmy suede and aromatic urban soapy lavender (the fougere hidden vaguely barber-shop final whiff, paradoxically the modern city side of the darkly historical olden affair). In a nutshell not a stuff for lovers of simplistic easily approachable airy "waters". I'd split the story in two separate parts: the superb dramatic "fluffy" agrestic opening (almost "agricole" in its flamboyant fragrant naturalistic crudeness) and the perfectly refined timeless aromatic/suedish dry down. In the middle a kaleidoscopic mesmerising transition not easy to be discerned. Sticky and vaguely mystic this huge creation opens in a complicated intoxicating/smokey way which is something ideally connecting the most obscure Slumberhouse's like Sova or Kote with voluptuous greedy/intellectual leathers a la Hdp 1740 Marquis de Sade, impenetrable urban "conceptual" viney juices a la Rundholz 03.Apr.1968 and dark bohemian revelations a la Zoologist Civet, House of Matriarch Bohemian Black and Masque Tango. Anyway, probably the creations conjuring me mostly this obscure introduction are the iconic Italian fragrance Visconti di Modrone Tabacco d'Harar (misty, virile, strong on botanic earthiness/leafiness/rootiness and historical) and the wonderful resinous/incensey patchouli Il Profvmo Patchouli Noir (decadent and lascivious but never so rooty/earthy). Veejaga Hashish Homme is another juice jumping vaguely on mind for its articulated rooty soul. The Cuir Tabac's opening is substantially more than compelling with its viney licoricey "burnt sugar/earthy-rooty notes/smoke/immortelle-like" good punch in the teeth. I detect dusty resins and honeyed spices in the "stuffy" mélange but a bucolic realistic tobacco leaf's presence is heady and characteristic. Along the way the fury of elements starts to calm down and the georgic temperament of the aroma gradually fades in order to leave the stage to a more "wearable" and light aromatic leather/tobacco-centered foundation. The sweetly liquorous/woody spark is still there (lighter) with its vintage/stuffy appeal but the final trail is all about virile aromatic tobacco with leathery accents, a tad of woody powder and a lighter/fresher soapy aromatic vibe (the contemporary side of the moon). Thick precious woods-made fornitures, gentlemen clubs, cigars, whisky, soft music, massive frames endowed-pictures and soft leather sofà jump ideally on mind. A must have for all the tobacco-addicted with a classy and literary sense of life.
25th December, 2018 (last edited: 26th December, 2018)
Well-turned out patchouli and cured tobacco jobbie with only a small role for a bit of aged leather. Will prompt all the usual cliché’s of gentlemen’s clubs and aristrocrats’ libraries – reader, pray use your own fantasy, mine is a bit exhausted in this particular area. Of most note is the surprisingly bright aroma profile (judiciously used lavender), that the patchouli is quite juicy with almost fruity nuances, rather than Darth Vader’s armpit (which it sometimes can be), and there’s a feel of vanilla and furry musk lying beneath it all.
Smart and outgoing, and quite reminiscent of many square-jawed designer ‘masculines’ in similar territory, so think twice before paying the extortionate price.
13th January, 2018
I had thought in the early stages of Cuir Tabac that I would be giving a negative rating, for its unexceptional development and overall clunkiness. However I have to admit that over the course of the day is has grown on me, and the drydown has revealed a much better quality than the frankly cheap-seeming opening did. Not sure I will end up buying this, but the competitors that come to mind in the winter scent slot are not quite up this standard.

So what's changed my mind? Probably the tobacco accord, which I find better delivered than in other, comparable fragrances. There is little leather to speak of, and the space is filled by something akin to cocoa and/or vanilla. Patchouli provides a touch of spice and structure. There is also something resinous and oddly fresh about the whole. In short, when reduced to the backbone, CT performs nicely and ends up supporting the main actor in a well balanced way with a decent cast list. Shame they couldn't find the script to start with.

I would suggest trying as a winter scent if you like tobacco scents, and have the money and patience to give it a full try. (Note: available as an extrait only on the Jourquin web site at the moment; samples are expensive to my eyes.)
25th November, 2017
An initial blast of sharp oud and turpentine. I imagine I am smelling the patchouli, which is unrefined and extremely bitter.

Lavender and musk emerge gasping from the boiling pot, struggling to rise up out of the murk.

They all seem to be swirling about now, looking desperately for the tobacco that is supposedly somewhere about, but dismally failing to locate it. Cheaply thrown together melange of oils.

Nasty, bitter thing!!
07th December, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The oening immediately introduces the core of this creation, the tobacco. It is the aroma of a mild sweetish Erinmore-like Virginia-based pipe tobacco with a fruity component, and with out any of the harsh sides that a Latakia or Perique would create.
Soon a restrained, soft fresh and light leather backgound is noticeable, as if the tobacco was in such a leather pouch.

Whilst later in the drydown a mild and bright patchouli is added, the main part of the base is a lovely, medium-dark and quite convincing lavender, blended with a woodsy-musky impression, with hints of powderiness towards the end.

The sillage is moderate, the projection adequate and the longevity around eight hours. At times it is a bit discrete, but overall a nice autumn scent, albeit not an extraordinary creation. 3.25/5
08th December, 2015
Cuir Tabac is a nice, austere, masculine and fairly formal patchouli-tobacco scent; not that original, and fairly similar to a lot of cheaper perfumes (from Yatagan – just less boozy/animalic - to Masque’s Montecristo – less skanky and dry - passing through Lutens’ Borneo 1834, Patchouli Nobile by Nobile 1942, and even the good old Arrogance pour Homme EdP). Basically Cuir Tabac is that: a “new fougère” with a load of patchouli sweetened by a nice, mellow, dark yet plushy tobacco note, slightly boozy too initially, with herbal-woody notes and a hint of “barbershop” soapy notes (lavender). The leather note is barely perceivable, this scent shall be named “Patchouli Tabac”... but overall it is not bad at all: it is classy, solid and mature, albeit crazily overpriced for the (just a tad more than average) quality.

13th January, 2015

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