Nine years ago I lambasted Xeryus Rouge, calling it a "shit fragrance". I think nine years away from anything is a long time, so I've decided to give Xeryus Rouge another chance.
I like this a lot more than I did in 2011, so I don't know if my old bottle was bad, if I overapplied it, if it's been reformulated, etc.. I don't know, except that I enjoy Xeryus Rouge very much.
I have always loved the opening stage, which is like a spicy-sweet blast of Swedish Fish candy, cinnamon, cherries, hot pepper flakes, dry wood and vanilla. I don't smell any of the original Xeryus DNA in here, but Xeryus Rouge broadcasts the color red, so its name is perfectly apt. The sharpness of the opening fades after about 10 minutes, but that basic awesome spicy/sweet accord goes on for hours and hours. For whatever reason, I did not smell this when I first reviewed it.
Xeryus Rouge is now on my thumbs up list, because it keeps its fiery, hot-blooded vibe throughout its development. It is an addictive, sex machine of a fragrance.
MY RATING: 8.5/10