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    Default Is Creed Viking an underrated gem?

    This got a lot of hate when it first came out because it was compared to Aventus even though its a completely different scent. What do you guys think of this little gem? What kind of sillage and performance do you get? This so me is a dressed up young gentleman.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Viking an underrated gem?

    The problem is that if Viking is a gentleman’s scent, then it compares unfavourably to Bois Du Portugal. There is a ruggedness about it that may suit some guys but it seems a small market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    The problem is that if Viking is a gentleman’s scent, then it compares unfavourably to Bois Du Portugal. There is a ruggedness about it that may suit some guys but it seems a small market.
    I don’t perceive the “ruggedness” you’re talking about. That may just be your personal impression.
    It’s not a “high schooler” scent like Aventus may be, but I could see myself at 25-30 wearing that one.
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    I think it's rated fairly. More of a curiosity than a home run, and it's an expensive curiosity, at that.

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    The answer is a resounding yes. Very underrated. I was told at the Creed desk in St Louis NM they the st Louis store the Viking wasn’t selling well there. But was selling well elsewhere.

    I think the higher and higher prices turn many people off. But the scent is amazing.

    I also think l’immensite by LV is another gem worth checking out.

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    One thing I agree on, its a gem for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    The problem is that if Viking is a gentleman’s scent, then it compares unfavourably to Bois Du Portugal. There is a ruggedness about it that may suit some guys but it seems a small market.
    Bois Du Portugal is an older gentleman. 50+

    Viking is a younger gentleman. I am 33 and love to put on Viking when I wear a 3piece suit, windsor knot and pocket square.

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    It is a very nice Fragrance , it always puts me in a good mood . It is underrated for sure . It smells main stream and familiar and people don not expect niche to be that way .
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    Not sure it's underrated, but have definitely come around to liking this and finally purchased a full bottle earlier this year. I get pretty good performance and do wear it to work once in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kal1973 View Post
    It is a very nice Fragrance , it always puts me in a good mood . It is underrated for sure . It smells main stream and familiar and people don not expect niche to be that way .
    I say this without criticism: Creed has the reputation it does because it offers high-end scents that have mainstream appeal.

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    I think its average to above average. I wouldn't call it a "gem" - I have a 10ml decant that has lasted me over a year, because I hardly ever reach for it.

    Also, I'm not a big fan of the opening, I think the drydown is where this one shines. Performance is pretty darn good though, sillage is excellent and it lasts a long time, I actually enjoy it more the next day, when I put on the shirt I was wearing the previous day.

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    I enjoy Viking; but it's about as middle of the road as it gets for me. It's overrated if anything. Good, decent scent but there's way more out there in my very humble opinion.
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    I was quite surprised how good it was, considering all the negative feedback it got. Sure it's not the next Aventus, but I thought it was quite good. Also didn't smell anything like Old Spice to my nose. Would buy it for the right price.

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    It's definitely an underrated gem.
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    Default Re: Is Creed Viking an underrated gem?

    Thought Viking was a bit average at first, but recently I bought a partial and have liked it more and more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yuncherrypops View Post
    I was quite surprised how good it was, considering all the negative feedback it got. Sure it's not the next Aventus, but I thought it was quite good. Also didn't smell anything like Old Spice to my nose. Would buy it for the right price.
    You hit on how this really excellent scent got derailed before it ever got truly evaluated for what it was and the quality of the creation. I suppose I was one of the brave ones who publicly said that I think it's a great fragrance, when I probably should have just kept quiet and waited for the haters to quiet down before saying how good it is. I think you got it right that the lionshare of those who hated Viking were actually choosing Viking as the way to backlash against Aventus' popularity, ie, Creed's popularity. Those who wanted 'something' to revolt against couldn't topple Aventus, so they picked a new, virtually unknown scent that was getting a lot of pre-release hype. I was fairly new to the fragrance hobby, having just began in 2016 and I didn't really live through the Aventus hype on the boards. So I feel that I had a genuinely neutral opportunity to try Viking and judge it for what it was. I loved it and still feel it's better than Aventus.

    Viking has complexity, fantastic phases of development over many hours and seemingly scores at crossing different polar opposite scent profiles that anyone would think would clash, but instead they work together and ebb and flow. Another very astonishing achievement is that due to its phases and complexity you only have to read the initial forum threads on Viking to catch that the impressions of what people were smelling from it were radically different.......yet despite having wildly different scent impressions nearly every one of them stated "it smells pleasant/good"....then the snipe against it would come...."but I wouldn't pay 'that' price". The price seemingly was the place the angst raged against. Out of that very few people who tried to stand outside confrontation seemed to notice what I did. That Viking actually has a universal "like" but a very universally different scent profile impression.

    Also, I have yet to hear anyone say they think this scent is simple or generic. It's the opinion of many that Viking is a scent that the copycat duplication houses aren't going to be able to copy. The fragrance is too difficult to isolate and blend and engineer. The notes are layered in a very unusual way. The cinnamon is almost indistinct and has a Jean Claude Elena type of transparency to the point where the cinnamon is difficult to detect, but if you catch the right phase (or in my case, catch me on the odd day where my nose is able to focus on the opaque fringe of it) you will pick it up. The citrus doesn't clash with the cinnamon. They play apart in the mix. Neither one trampling on the other yet both there. There is an oceanic, salty vibe, but again it isn't picked up by everyone, but if you wear the scent long enough and get used to its phases you will eventually smell it. I get the woods mostly in the far dry down (about 5-6 hours) and there is still some saltiness lingering with it.

    IMO, Viking is artistic and due to the complexity and way it was engineered, it had to have had quite an investment of time and money poured into it. I've read (or heard) somewhere, but I'm not sure, that it took over 6 years to make this scent. That's the kind of time that someone puts in when they are trying to make a fragrance that puts a grand statement on their career. So, I wouldn't be shocked if Olivier Creed considers this one a scent he's extremely mentally and emotionally invested in. This scent smells like craftsmanship to me. Not some sloppy or lazy piece of work. The fact that no one is likely ever going to copy it confirms my impression that it's unique. Also, I will say one more thing. Now that Creed is not owned by the family anymore, I would buy up some bottles of the 2017/2018/2019 juices because I have my doubts that the expensive, delicate and highly engineered ingredients aren't going to continue to be used in future batches and this one will most likely get reformulated because it's not one of their best sellers. The bottles made under the family ownership will likely be worth a lot of money someday and sought after by enthusiasts. Don't be surprised if one day Viking, not Aventus is considered Olivier's masterpiece. (IMO, it's Spice & Wood, but that's me.)

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    Default Re: Is Creed Viking an underrated gem?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigtyivier2k2 View Post
    What do you guys think of this little gem?
    I personally like it a lot and own a bottle, but not more than other Creeds.
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    No it is not.

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    I think there are a lot of better choices from Creed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    One thing I agree on, its a gem for sure!
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    Smells like an inferior version of Amouage Beach Hut Man.
    If you enjoy cheap smelling designers like Sauvage, you'll probably love it.
    Hard pass for me, sold it 8 hours after I tried it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    Also, I'm not a big fan of the opening, I think the drydown is where this one shines. Performance is pretty darn good though, sillage is excellent and it lasts a long time, I actually enjoy it more the next day, when I put on the shirt I was wearing the previous day.
    I do not like the opening at all but, yes, the drydown is amazing. I can't get enough of that but I'm not sure if it's worth waiting through the long opening. I'll need to sample it another time or two.
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    If Creed made a mint-free flanker, I would buy it without hesitation.
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    Default Re: Is Creed Viking an underrated gem?

    I thought it was nice when I had a decant of it when it first was released, performance didn’t impress me I’ve heard that has improved with later batches. Didn’t grab my interest enough to warrant a fb or large decant purchase though.
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    Overpriced and overrated. One of the most mediocre Creed fragrances available.

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    If I already had about six or seven Creed fragrances already, I would see going ahead and getting Viking. That's about where it would be if I were to take the time to rank Creed's scents. It may actually be lower than that. I would have several others I would want to buy prior to that, most notably Royal Oud. The only Creed I own is Green Irish Tweed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    If I already had about six or seven Creed fragrances already, I would see going ahead and getting Viking. That's about where it would be if I were to take the time to rank Creed's scents. It may actually be lower than that. I would have several others I would want to buy prior to that, most notably Royal Oud. The only Creed I own is Green Irish Tweed.
    Royal Oud is quite nice, was my all time favorite then I met Chanel Antaeus it was game over lol Antaeus took the spot. Royal Oud is one of the nicest smelling fragrances imo next to Green Irish Tweed, Aventus, and Bois Du Portugal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMav View Post
    Smells like an inferior version of Amouage Beach Hut Man.
    If you enjoy cheap smelling designers like Sauvage, you'll probably love it.
    Hard pass for me, sold it 8 hours after I tried it.
    Totally agree. The only 3 Creeds that I would have bought are:

    1. Royal Oud
    2. Aventus
    3. GIT

    But even these are mere shadows of their former selves, perhaps with the exception of GIT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMav View Post
    Smells like an inferior version of Amouage Beach Hut Man.
    If you enjoy cheap smelling designers like Sauvage, you'll probably love it.
    Hard pass for me, sold it 8 hours after I tried it.
    Well, that was stupid. You should have tried it 8 hours before you bought it. It smells nothing like Beach Hut. I like them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oudaddict View Post
    Totally agree. The only 3 Creeds that I would have bought are:

    1. Royal Oud
    2. Aventus
    3. GIT

    But even these are mere shadows of their former selves, perhaps with the exception of GIT.
    2. and 3. are the only 2 Creeds I would not have bought.
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