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    Default Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I tested all four of these last weekend and......

    Pure Malt: Not sure about this one, to me it smells like the wet end of a cork from a fine whisky.
    Taste of Fragrance: Wow this is very chocolate coffee mix and not in a good way.
    A*Men: Honey with all the above
    Pure Havane: WINNER!!!!! I loved it so much I bought it.

    Pure coffee: waiting for the sample to come in but seems to be hard to find at a reasonable price??
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Own all five and enjoy them all.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Haven't tried Taste of Fragrance and Pure Coffee yet. Pure Havane, Pure Malt and A Men are pretty good. B Men average IMO.
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    It's virtually impossible to find pure coffee at a price you'd probably consider reasonable. I see it on Ebay at insane markups. Occasionally it's offered for sale in a sales thread here, but the prices are still way over its former retail.

    Personally, I don't like it much. Others do.

    And I think Pure Havane is, by far, the best of this line.
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    That is crazy money they want on Ebay ohh my!!!

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    i just bought a bottle of Taste of Fragrance. Very unique smell. I really enjoy it, but the key is to not overdo it or else the chili note will become overpowering. With 2 sprays, i don't even really notice it as even being a "chili pepper" note, just something beautifully rich, sweet, and different.

    Update: Taste of Fragrance? More like Taste of Fantastic! Been wearing this for a couple days now and I love it. I think this might quickly become a favorite in my collection that I reach for often.
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I think Pure Havane and Pure Malt is a tie. Pure Malt smells better. Pure Havane is easier to wear for me. Still need to try Pure Coffee.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    My ranking right now is opposite.

    Taste of Fragrance > Pure Malt > A*Men > Pure Havane

    All are nice scents but I dont need scents that I wear once in month so I would be happy with just TOF that is most versatile.
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I have Pure Malt and Pure Havane and really enjoy both. I definitely think Havane is more versatile in terms of when you can wear it, as I see Pure Malt a fall/winter fragrance while Havane can be worn year round.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I fully agree with Pure Havane

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I definitely agree that Havane is the best of them. I was severely disappointed with Pure Malt after swapping a whole lot to get my hands on it.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    They are all worth owning. Fantastic House
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I'd actually rate pure coffee at the bottom even though its a great scent, it just didn't live upto my expectations or the hype. It's kinda like a weaker A*men without the "tar" note.
    As for the other 4 i've slowly ended up owning all 4 and wear them regularly, i think pure malt is starting to get less wear as it just doesnt smell as rich as Havane or Taste of.
    Taste of fragrance still at the top though and quickly becoming my signature scent, people at work love it

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    i only like pure malt ..

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I like the opening of Pure Havane. After that it's all down hill for me and it veers way on the feminine side. It's the way the vanilla mixes with the other notes. Pure Malt is great in the winter but I live in Florida. Pure Coffee is too hard to find and isn't that great. Pure shot is just plain awful. Pure leather isn't bad and I actually like it more than the original. Taste of Fragrance is the one I own and I do enjoy it because of its uniqueness, but it can be a polarizing fragrance.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Never tried Taste of Fragrance, but I'd say Pure Havane lags behind Pure Malt and the original A Men.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    A great line IMO. My favorite is Pure Malt!
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I own B*Men and Pure Havane. I'm not sure I like any of the others enough to want to buy them (having said that I have not tried Pure Coffee, but I have tried everything else, including Ice Men/Summer Flash and Sunessence)

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    The original A*Men and Ice Men are my two personal favorites. The others are ok, but don't bowl me over.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Haven't tried Pure Malt, just got a bottle of Pure Coffee in a swap and to be totally honest, out of the four I have smelled it is second to last. I rate it like this:
    Pure Havane>A*men>Pure Coffee>>>>>>>>>>>Pure Shot
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I think you made a great choice with the Pure Havane.
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Received Pure Coffee yesterday and I will have to say it belongs to the bottom along with A*men.

    Havane>Malt>Taste Of>A*men>Coffee

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Here's my personal ranking:

    Original A*Men > Pure Havane >>> Pure Malt > Pure Leather > Pure Shot

    I know Pure Shot gets a lot of hate around here, but it isn't that bad. Never tried Pure Coffee and Taste of Fragrance yet. Not sure if B*Men and Ice Men are considered flankers of the original, but I don't care much about them after testing them. They just didn't "wow" me the way A*Men or PH did.


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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH1016 View Post
    The original A*Men and Ice Men are my two personal favorites. The others are ok, but don't bowl me over.
    What he said ^

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Here is my ranking of the Mugler offerings:

    1. Mugler Cologne
    2. Pure Havane
    3. Pure Malt
    4. Pure Leather
    5. A*Men
    6. Pure Shot
    7. Ice*Men
    8. Taste of Fragrance

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Pure Havane is by far the best of the A*Men line....they have released it in Macy's for those who want a bottle and don't wanna order online.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I also like Mugler cologne, nice and clean soapy scent.

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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I am so glad Havane is back in the stores and I am hearing rumors that Malt is also returning to the shelves of Macy's soon as well.

    I have the original and leather now, I will be getting Havane, ToF and Malt very soon. I have worn all of them other than Coffee and Malt and although I like the opening of Havane a lot the longevity is a problem for me. As of late my favorite has been Pure Leather, I know many people here think it is very similar to the original A*Men, but I humbly disagree. They are definitely from the same base, but Leather is smoother, more versatile and has a much different dry down. I will have to wait till I get the rest to give a true top to bottom line up.
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    I own ToF, Sunessence, B*Men, Pure Shot and Pure Leather (2 big samples), have tried A*Men, Pure Malt and Pure Havanne and have owned Ice*Men.
    My personal ranking looks like this:
    ToF>>B*Men>>Pure Malt>Sunessence>>Ice*Men>>>>>>>>>Pure Havanne>A*Men>Pure Leather>>>>>>>Pure Shot

    As a side note, I found Michael Kors for Men much more appealing than Pure Havanne.
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    Default Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    Pure Havane is my clear favourite from the line. Absolutely love it.

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