I'm revising my review of Feuilles de Tabac for two reasons: 1. I like it even more now than when I first reviewed it, and 2. the tobacco smells much more prominent to me now that I've worn it a few times.
I consider Acqua di Cuba (by Santa Maria Novella) to be the reference tobacco fragrance. I must have had Acqua di Cuba overload when I first reviewed FdT and said that there wasn't a lot of tobacco in it. I was wrong. Whereas Acqua di Cuba is a smooth, golden tobacco leaf smell, Feuilles de Tabac is the smell of tobacco leaf cigar wrappers in a wooden cigar box. It's still got a potent coniferous wood smell to it, but underlying that is a strong, semi-sweet tobacco scent.
I think I was so surprised at the strength of the pine or cedar smell that I overlooked the tobacco. I was also thrown off by the fact that there's a lot of patchouli in FdT, unlike Acqua di Cuba, which has none that I can smell. Feuilles de Tabac is both extremely woody and aromatic. Also, although Miller Harris doesn't designate this as masculine or feminine, this clearly smells like a man's fragrance. I'd go so far as to call it a macho scent.
Feuilles de Tabac is a complex, beautiful and totally comfortable fragrance to wear, and I have to increase my rating of it to a 9/10.
Brilliant stuff here. It's become one of my favorite niche fragrances.
MY NEW RATING: 9/10
Fragrance House: Miller Harris