Here are my picks with a "mini-review".
Please tell me what you think and if there's anything you'd like to add to them as well, i welcome feedback from all Basenoters.
Givenchy's Vetyver :
one of the classiest most well-balanced vetivers out there, both the vintage and the new reformulation are must haves (almost identical), very fresh, very natural yet still classically elegant.
Vetiver Dance by Tauer:
a beautiful rendition, earthy and very layered with soft fresh top notes to flowery mid to earthy base.
Guerlain's Vetiver :
the top must have vetiver of all, only because of its history and its popularity.
Adored by both men and women, the vintage is very different from the classic having both scents fans of their own -and others crying foul-, the vintage version being the most "greener" version: fresh cut grass, dirt and roots, somewhat watery garden with fresh drops of rain.
The "new" version being more conventionally "modern" with very fresh top notes that fade faster and having a strong vetiver mid with a base of dry earth and ashes.
Vetiver Hombre by Adolfo DomÃ*nguez:
the stronger of these choices, the dark, elegant, classically masculine yet fresh and very true to vetiver roots and of all things, a certain hint of crÃ¨me de menthe.
It also has a versatility that can be challenged as it works on all seasons and situations.
Encre Noire by Lalique:
what has not being said about this scent that hasn't been said before?
Lalique has always been striving for a betterment of their scents and has always used surprisingly good materials for a first and foremost Glass and Crystal company that dabbles in perfumery.
Virtually all of their scents are at the very least interesting and EN being one of the most striking Vetivers of the last years and one of the most revered. A classic fragrance in the making? Most likely, but because of its inherent quality and its truthfulness towards vetiver, it wins a place here.
extras mentions - interesting Vetivers:
Red Vetyver by Montale:
this is a very original rendition of vetiver as it has a good blend of spices and certain "hotness" to the whole composition worth at least one try.
I see it as the Vetiver version of Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea, with their Spicy Green Tea scent, Montale created a very innovative use of red pepper/cedarwood/vetiver and what i feel is spanish bell pepper, before red pepper was all the rage.
Vetyverio by Dyptique:
why is this here? because the use of different types of vetiver root with a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables can go wrong but in here the composition is instead a well layered box of surprises.It even has nutmeg!