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Cuba Black
by Cuba Paris


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Cuba Black is a masculine fragrance by Cuba Paris.

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This is an Azzaro Pour Homme clone, right? That description is what convinced me to blind buy this.

Cuba Black opens up very similar to Azzaro Pour Homme's opening. As soon as it starts the drydown, it becomes it's own thing.

Current Azzaro's drydown is this harsh, dirty-soap scent, with some anise lurking underneath a layer of dirtiness.

Cuba Black's on the other hand is this sweet, light tobacco smell. The sweetness must be from the anise, so there's still some faint parallels going on with Azzaro. But it's mixed up with a soapiness that almost makes it smell clean, despite tobacco being in the mix. My first impression was that the overall experience was too heavy a wear, that this was more of an oriental or fougere-oriental hybrid. But more and more you notice the soapiness, making it firmly a homage to the barbershop fougere genre. There's no dirtyness going on in it, but it very much smells like it could be a forgotten actual 80s fragrance.

Current Azzaro and current Tuscany are still nice fragrances, but overall, I think Cuba Black is more enjoyable and less challenging than those two. It definitely skews to the mature side, but the soapiness that gives it a semi-clean feeling saves it from coming across as harsh or rough. It's an incredibly smooth, soapy, sweet tobacco scent, and despite weak longevity, it's a bargain.
15th November, 2020
Cuba Black smells effectively like an ideal blend of the classic Azzaro Pour Homme (and Tuscany of course), Enrico Coveri Pour Homme, Police Dark, Drakkar Noir, Rive Gauche Pour Homme and Ungaro III. The aroma is mysterious but in a fresh, dynamic, aromatic, barbershop way. Yes, sparkling spicy-anisic bergamot is a key element and is combined with fizzy lavender, orange, fresh patchouli, hints of forest resins, green aromatic notes, jasmine-geranium, a touch of tobacco, dry woods and ambergris-oakmoss. I detect the anisic slightly resinous licorice vibe some talk about (close to the one I detect in Police Dark which shares with Cuba Black a bunch of elements). It seems to catch also that boozy gin-vodka touch we can easily detect in the Ungaro III's top notes (a touch of white rum may be?). Really heady the accord between hesperides, herbs, resins, patchouli and floral notes. Cuba Black is basically a powerhouse despite a touch of final soothing (tobacco veined) balminess absolutely not compromising the general extreme (spicy/pungent) virility. I absolutely agree with Foetidus when he talks about absence of famboyance since this juice smells effectively brooding, "un-lively", romantic/melancholic and moody. Anyway one of the best solutions around at that price ( 6,79 in London) and the synthetic level is never disturbing. Fine, dark, charismatic, inexpensive and virile.
P.S= Finally Cuba Black conjures me more than vaguely the classic Enrico Coveri Pour Homme.
22nd August, 2014 (last edited: 26th February, 2015)
What have I been SMOKING ?

These cigar shaped Cuba fragrances are the best entertainment short of sparking up a... uh, "smokable product" . But likewise, you DO have to inhale !

Each Cuba has the same cigar tobacco undertone to them, on top of which a different scent/combo is layered. BLACK, is fresh, spicy jasmine over top of pungent cigar tobacco. The ensuing effect is that of a full-bodied, slightly salty, licorice tinged Oriental that carries itself with surprising balance and character. Projection is quite satisfying for the first 2 hrs. Then it becomes softer, quickly losing it's complexity as it dries ( Hey, I'm shocked there was ANY to begin with for a $10 fragrance ). But the scent is still noticeable enough to be enjoyed for another 2hrs or so, if you dig it. The Quality (and I don't mean the smell), is in line with something like Victorinox's Swiss Army line of scents, if you're familiar with those...but with more imagination and character. ( For less than $10? ). Which is to say, that Cuba Black.. is NOT half bad for a cheapie!

So far, Cuba's kitschy line of cheapies have all been surprising, in mostly good ways. At this rate, I might need to buy myself a humour(dor) for their storage ; )

Longevity:5/10(in base)
Projection(Fall temp):6.5/10(in mid)
composition) in the 30ml cigar flacon.
How:Casual,anytime,fall,winter, for the
Fun of it !
23rd January, 2014 (last edited: 28th June, 2020)
Almost identical to the marvelous Azzaro Pour Homme on me EXCEPT.....Lasting power is not as good. For the price though it's a gem!
03rd March, 2012 (last edited: 07th May, 2012)
Cuba Black has the grace to imitate a really good men's fragrance (Azzaro pour Homme) and the technical chops to imitate it well.

Black is a classic 1970s-1980s masculine fougere, though I find it sweeter than the noted bruisers of its genre (Drakkar Noir, for instance). There's a penetrating, chewy note that makes me think of anise, plenty of lavender, and a general soapy barbershop niceness. Is there tobacco in the base? Maybe.

I find Black MUCH closer to Azzaro than to Tuscany, which is an entirely different idea (herbs galore, incredible bitterness). Black doesn't even smell particularly synthetic, which is a marvel given that it's about $4 for 50ml. Projection is monstrous; apply in moderation.

I'd probably pick Azzaro over this but I'm not sure if I could reliably tell the two apart in a blind test. Highly recommended.
22nd March, 2011
If I have to visually describe it there's a big black something (tarry, almost bitter, similar to isobutyl quinoline found in Aramis, Bandit etc. but without the loudness and directness they bring) with a pale white spot on top (camphoraceous, medicinal, herbal). When I think about it, I always imagine two layers not so well matched - and I have a similar image for Black Jeans and Passage d'Enfer, and I actually like this type of structure. Gradually these two layers start to merge better and the fragrance becomes more plain and flawless, the 'bright' top turned to calming aromatic mix of lavender and flowers, black base remaining quite the same. No bitterness - yet all the time lingering on the edge of it, the aromatic layer not letting it to go further and become a burned tar monster. Quite an achievement. I had a brief affair with tarry leathers like the above mentioned; now I find them outdated and in-your face. This one manages to balance the film noir feeling with an 80's refinement. Good!
05th March, 2011

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