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Aramis Tobacco Reserve (2018)
by Aramis

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Aramis Tobacco Reserve information

Year of Launch2018
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 37 votes)

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HouseAramis
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances

About Aramis Tobacco Reserve

Aramis Tobacco Reserve is a masculine fragrance by Aramis. The scent was launched in 2018

Aramis Tobacco Reserve fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Aramis Tobacco Reserve

Tobacco. Does not smell anything like Aramis. This is much better. It does not smell like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. It as a well balanced, molded fragrance. Pipe tobacco, Tonka, sage in the opening. Tonka is often a fragrance killer for me, and while it is present and focused, it doesn't seem garish. Its really an herbal aromatic fragrance to me. As it dries in the mid I do get the iris (orris), but this doesn't have any of the knockout beauty or effemination that can come with it. Here it's use is more textural, giving the fragrance a smoother background creamy butter effect. Longevity was good, projection average. Ideal fragrance performance in my opinion. This is a really good fragrance. I dismissed it because it was made by Aramis, don't.
26th October, 2019
Love the slightly herbal take on tobacco vanille. Really dislike the iris (and iris in general) - it gives this a slightly thin, milky floral vibe that I’m just not a fan of. Odd Fellows Bouquet and Hemmingway are better floral alternatives but I prefer the woodsier approach of PdM’s Herod.
09th October, 2019
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The pink girl blast combines nutmeg with a fruity undertone, and on me the tobacco starts to rise very shortly after the beginning.

Heading towards the heart notes the tobacco grows stronger and moves into the foreground. It is a fairly smooth and soft tobacco, combining a rounded fresh-cigar impression, think Upman Havana, with touches of sweetish pipe tobacco à la Erinmore Mix. Quite a pleasant tobacco impression, who at times is enhanced by touches of a discreet sage with hints of a rather restrained iris note.

Towards the base a vanilla note becomes more noticeable and grows quickly to take over the lead. It is a rich and smooth vanilla that remains balanced enough to be never too intrusive or cloying. Memories of Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanilla and Le Labo’s Vanille 44 come to mind, with the latter, from the same Estée Lauder stable, being a bit more nuanced and more textured.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a superb thirteen hours of longevity on my skin.

A nice autumnal scent, this has very little to do with the delightful original. This tobacco flanker is composed of less distinguished ingredients, and it is a bit more predictable in the tobacco and the vanilla components, but it nonetheless results in an agreeable, albeit not very original fragrance. The performance is outstanding. 3.25/5

24th September, 2019
Aramis as a house has the habit of pumping out flankers with little to no fanfare these days, then instantly dump them into discounters. I'm not sure of the marketing strategy behind this habit, as it seems some of what is produced ends up being very good, but it happens more and more especially in the wake of the house seemingly ceasing to produce separate lines outside The Gentleman's Collection. Aramis Tobacco Reserve (2018) is one such flanker, housed in the same classic bottle as the original Aramis (1964), but sharing none of its DNA. It's safe to say Aramis as a house has stopped trying to reinvent itself with youth grabs like Aramis New West (1988) or Aramis Life (2003), and given up on its foray into the Middle East market with the Perfume Calligraphy (2012) series, focusing on the mature man that seemingly "graduates" from yonger styles into the brand after nearing middle age, alongside its legacy customers. To that end, Aramis Tobacco Reserve feels like a modern tobbaco scent a vintage fan or older fellow used to something like Aramis Havana (1994) might enjoy if they're willing to accept a touch of tonka sweetness and a lack of real oakmoss.

Aramis Tobacco Reserve comes across like a powderier, more genteel Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (2007), with the vanilla pulled out, tonka diale down, and cigar tobacco note pushed forward. The scent overall is rather linear, and you will give the impression of having smoked a fine cigar around anyone who catches your sillage, but there is some development. Blackcurrant and nutmeg are "album openers" on this little collection of notes, but I honestly get little of that as the tobacco note is so forward in this. You get a bit of clary sage and powdery iris to steer this away from the usual tonka sweetness overload of modern tobacco fragrances, but there is sweetness to this for some balance. The base is coumarin and evernyl (in place of restricted oakmoss) which gives Aramis tobacco reserve some fougère-like qualities in the end, but that tobacco note paired with the iris just keeps throbbin all the way until the end. Wear time is practically all day, and like all tobacco scents, this can get quite cloying if over-applied, so be careful. I'd say this is ideal in fall or winter, as a formal or "stepping out" fragrance, but is too baroque for the office or casual setting.

Fans of that rich cohiba vibe okay with designer brands will no doubt appreciate the simple pleasures of Aramis Tobacco Reserve, and even people into higher-end niche because this approaches that level of quality, but obviously artisanal guys hellbent on perfumes without lab-derived ingredients will see this for what it is: a very potent one-trick pony without any significant development on skin. Most folks into the contemporary tobacco vibe favor a linear heavy-handed approach to the subject, so this is fine cosidering who makes it and how it is distributed, being something of a dark horse contender against bot fellow Lauder family label Tom Ford and fraghead favorite L'Occitane Eau des Baux (2006). There are some things in the Phaedon and Mancera lines that smoke this (pun intended), but for anything more nuanced and comple, one must seek artisanal lines or vintages. Aramis Tobacco Reserve is a bit straightforward and probably doomed to discounter obscurity surprisingly good for something released seemingly as an afterthought for a median-age median-income demographic Esteé Lauder otherwise ignores anymore. Thumbs up!
18th September, 2019
This reminded me of Chergui by Serge Lutens. I’m glad I caught the last bottle at Macy’s.
12th September, 2019
This is a bit of a hidden gem, and managed to get this at a bargain price too.
Almost niche quality too.

Sweet warm tabacco, very high quality stuff.
I personally love the smell of this one.
Works nice in the warm evenings, looking forward to wear through the colder season.


Excellent buy..... if you like sweet tobacco, I highly recommend this.

Scent 7.4 - 10
Performance 8 - 10
Silage 7 - 10
29th August, 2019

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