Cuir de Russie is one of the last older Creeds I have yet to try. I was wondering how it compares to the Chanel fragrance by the same name and even Royal English Leather.
CdR is a strong, cold, and astringent leather. It is the polar opposite of the soft, warm, creamy Royal English Leather.
Though I own it and respect the hell out of it, there just aren't a lot of occasions that call for it. Maybe if you're going to a funeral of a cowboy, outside in the cold rain.
Chanel's CdR is a softer take on Russian leather (think Russian "suede") compared to the stronger citrusy, birch tar, "stand up" Creed CdR that is more in your face Russian leather -- own and like both, but I would wear Creed on weekend autumn days, while I would reach for Chanel CdR (especially the parfum) for evening wear. In Chanel's current Les Exclusives concentrations of CdR, I prefer the warmer balance of the parfum over the edt.