Imagine a place called: Men's Territory. A guy driving around in his hairdressers convertible he's just 18 and doesnt know a thing about life. Then suddenly an old landrover defender v8 shows up! A hairychested guy in his 40's wearing Quorum walked up to the boy's car. He asks: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE? This is men's territory son, we dont want you and your aqua di gio ways around here! Do you understand? Go home and go play with a barbie or something! That's whats Quorum is to me!
Quorum by Antonio Puig, 1982
I had this many years ago and was a hit with friends and family. This past fall and winter of 2012, I decided to purchase this again for the holidays and a few young people both male and female did ask me what was the name of my cologne? After all these years, I was the one who forgot and to my surprise some knew of Quorum eau de toilette.
Recently i stumbled on a vintage Quorum's bottle forgotten somewhere on the dusty shelves in the background of an old tiny italian perfumes shop and it was a deja vu. Yes, Quorum is a jump in the glorious past, the "powerhouse" old age full of masculine green aromatic fougeres. The blend features a standout oakmoss, some tobacco, carnation and leather supported by spices, pine resins and aromatic herbs along the transition. The final smoky leather is boise' and almost obscure while the patchouli is bold and sharp. A fresh/aqueous (with a mastering initial bergamot), spicy/aromatic, mossy and finally opaque/soapy (amber-leather-oakmoss) aroma, Quorum is an uncompromissingly virile, "silent", smoky/rooty and mature stuff always present in the air around the wearer but in a discreet sharp way. The Quorum's type of man is conservative but dynamic. A well-blended stout scent (in the Giorgio Beverly Hills, Yatagan and Paco Rabane Pour Homme's vein) still great nowadays.
A truly masculine, slightly spicy, woodsy, leathery classic. Quorum was one of my most used, and probably over-applied, scents of my twenties. It is a rugged scent, but far from crude in its composition. The opening accord is actually quite fresh, but doesn't have much time to shine. The citrus top notes fade quite quickly, and reveal middle notes dominated by manly woods with some florals, but quite honestly I can't see the wood for the trees when it comes to the flowers in Quorum! The pine and patchouli dominate this scent's heart, lingering until the very end, and their unmistakable presence serves as a reminder that this is a scent from a bygone era. Its basenotes define old-school manliness, with very rich leather, dark tobacco, warm amber and exquisitely blended earthy moss. The moss note is deeper in the vintage version, with the current formulation featuring a more vivacious citrus opening - otherwise I find the two versions near identical. Famed for its aggressive silage and tremendous staying power on skin, Quorum is a classic dry powerhouse for men that is unashamedly rooted in the 70s.
I warn you it will take time for you to fully appreciate and enjoy this fragrance. Its so complex, so strong and masculine: a mix of wet wood , tobacco and vanilla which evolves gradually until youll understand what real men should smell like.. "Quorum "
Most definitely, as someone stated, a "testosterone manifesto." Indeed, the Burt Reynolds-era bottle and packaging alone should be enough to frighten off the unisex aquas crowd. A plethora of notes, from spicey, to soapy, to stale (in a good way), and back again. And take-it-from-the-top all over again. This one lasts and lasts and lasts - and costs almost nothing. Sometimes borders on the unintelligible - but in a 'strong, silent type' sort of way. Old school classic.
Loud, brash, big-balled, and absolutely fantastic.
Hey, what have they done to Quorum lately? I bought a bottle a few weeks ago (OK it was at TJ Maxx) and it is NOTHING like it used to be. It goes on powdery and fades to nothing in a matter of minutes. It has been neutered! Back in the 80s you really had to use caution and restraint with this stuff because it was so STRONG. I never really liked it that much then but women just ATE IT UP! I guess it still smells like itself but it no longer has any balls and is not worth the $15 I paid for it. Shame.
I love this chypre, but in all honesty, I find it to be identical to the classic women's scent: CABOCHARD by Gres. I sprayed each on opposite arms and after my own tests, asked friends to give me their impressions. Right on- no difference perceived. I love CABOCHARD and I love its counterpart QUORUM and both are in the same affordable price range, so who can quibble. The very best chypre(s) my nose has encountered.
classy and so old school, a quintessential powerhouse, gotta love this juice, bought a couple of bottles!
Quorum by Antonio Puig, 1982
By: Antonio Puig
|Top Notes||Bergamot, Artemisia, Cumin, Lemon, Grapefruit|
|Middle Notes||Patchouli, Jasmin, Pine, Sandal, Cyclamen, Carnation|
|Base Notes||Leather, Tobacco, Moss, Amber, Olibanum|
|Bottle Designer||Andre Ricard|
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