Quorum is my favorite fragrance. For years, I've been saying that Paco Rabanne Pour Homme is my favorite (it's my close second favorite really), but it isn't quite my #1. This is. It hit me for the first time today that I've overlooked the fact that I've been wearing Quorum more than any other fragrance for the past few years. I wear it all the time, and I love it, so of course it's my favorite scent. I don't know why it took me so long to figure that out.
As for whether or not Quorum is for you, I have a few questions to ask you. Have you had enough of today's pretentious, politically correct unisex niche fragrances? Do you feel like today's "Pour Homme" designer fragrances should be re-labeled "Pour Femme"? Do you hate aquatics? Do you despise light fragrances, particularly ones that are designed not to offend? Do you like your fragrances strong? If you answered yes to any of these, then you should walk out of that Neiman Marcus store, put the money back in your pocket, and get your ass over to the nearest TJ Maxx. They sell Quorum by the truckload.
Notice on the picture above that the bottle does not say "For Men". That's because it doesn't need to. Even without smelling it, you can tell this is a man's fragrance. Quorum's smell is hilariously masculine, it's so over the top. Dark, raw, powerful and bad-ass, Quorum could have just as easily been named "Ballsack Pour Homme". If it were packaged in a bottle shaped like a hand grenade I wouldn't have been surprised.
As for what it smells like, I don't even know where to start. Quorum is a heavy and complex scent jam-packed with powerful smells, and it packs a wallop. It's the most aromatic fragrance I know, with a dark green smell from pine and strong herbs. Piled on top of that are boatloads of patchouli, cumin, leather and oakmoss. There's also a strong smell of dark cigar tobacco, of the burning cigar variety, not the smooth, golden tobacco leaf kind. The whole thing comes together, miraculously, extremely well, with everything blending together beautifully. It's a loud, piledriving maelstrom of dark, bitter scent, yet it never spins out of control into a confusing mess. The fact that the perfumer who created Quorum was able to rein all these powerful smells in so seamlessly is amazing.
Quorum is aggressive, crude and brash. It's a powerhouse that brooks no bullshit. If you like wearing strong aromatic stuff like Azzaro Pour Homme, Lapidus, Kouros or Jaguar For Men, chances are very good that you will like Quorum. They're all basically soul brothers, cut from the same cloth.
Not for metrosexuals, wimps, or men who like to get in touch with their feelings, Quorum is like the Sergio Leone of fragrances, and is a macho scent hands down.
MY RATING: 10/10
Fragrance House: Antonio Puig
"Hand over the Quorum. RIGHT. NOW."