Love this. It took me years to find this. I had always passed it over - the low price point led me to intuit that it couldn't be anything special. I can say that this is as complex and high in quality as any $200 bottle that I've ever purchased. The dry-down is the best I've encountered.
The smell of Yatagan reminds me of a specific scent memory from before I discovered Yatagan:
Skiing in the Alps with friends, staying in a small, old log cabin with a fireplace. Wood smoke, alcohol, incense, and a little sweat.
Got this in the mail and it was a major let down. I bought it based upon the reviews here, but I guess, as they say, there is no accounting for taste. Americans close to pop culture will understand when I describe this scent as "cheesy", in the vein of a mid-90's brand like Drakkar Noir or Safari. In my mind, this low-budg smell is not worth the exorbitant price tag.
Kinda surprised by this one. It starts off smelling like a men's locker room in a high-end athletic club: essentially sweat and BO covered up by a citrusy, sage scent. But, give it an hour and it smells amazing - still like a locker room, but in the very best conceivable way. It's certainly unique, nuanced and, in my opinion, oddly classy. Sadly however, it only lasts about 4 hours and then it's almost completely evaporated and lost.
Let me preface this by saying that I ordered a Reissue sample online that is most likely genuine, but it could be a fake (though I doubt it). This stuff is indistinguishable from dime-store Stetson! It reminds me of something my grandma would have bought me for $10 on my 14th birthday. I won't go into the details of the scent - others have done a good job on this below. I will, however, strongly recommend that you save your money for something with a little more depth and class.
A thumbs up, but I'm not in love with this one. Firstly, it's not organic enough in its delivery. It is manly, yes, but what type of man. A scent has to communicate a distinct persona, and this one is a little jumbled (banker, hunter, gym-guy, pick one). And, I have never received one compliment from the female persuasion while wearing. Yet, I wore out my bottle. Alas.
I would say this is for people that want a step up and away from classic Polo, but don't want to venture too far off its tracks . . . in the vein of Bel Ami, but without the style or depth. To me, it's decidedly 80's, but more Patrick Bateman than Bruce Springsteen.
My all time favorite. I originally bought this in my early twenties and got a lot of flack from my friends for it. Actually, it was the topic of a heated argument back in the day. A decade later, those same friends have come around and finally get it. It smells like a one can imagine James Dean or Steve McQueen might have: vintage sport cars, money, mountains, tobacco and alcohol, and a per-occupation with adventure. And, as odd as it sounds, it smells even better after a hard workout or a swim in the ocean.
Think of it as the Ivy League brother to Ralph Lauren Polo (Original). In my opinion, this is one for a successful "guys guy" in fall or winter. And, don't listen to them: women might feign like they don't get it, but speaking for personal experience, it is a distinct scent they will fondly remember for a long, long time.