First of all, I have to admit that this does smell almost exactly like Azzaro Pour Homme. The only difference is that Black doesn't have the same top notes as Azzaro; whereas Azzaro starts off with sharp anise and herbal notes, Black has no real top notes, and kicks into the middle and drydown right away. Otherwise, Black smells exactly like Azzaro's middle and drydown stages. Now I understand all the reviews claiming this is a knockoff of Azzaro Pour Homme.
Even so, Cuba Black is still a colorless fragrance, and I've always considered Azzaro Pour Homme to be pretty colorless after the top notes disappear. Azzaro Pour Homme is probably the greatest masculine fragrance ever, and is in my all-time Top Five favorites, so obviously I really love the way Cuba Black smells. In fact, I like it even more than I did when I'd reviewed it before. Like Azzaro, Black lasts all day, is ultra-masculine, and has good sillage. Cuba Black is a powerhouse in my mind, mainly because it projects the right attitude.
If Cuba Black weren't such a blatant copy of another fragrance, even if it is copying the best, I'd give it a perfect score. As it stands, I'll give it a respectable 8.5 out of 10. Its scent is irresistible.
MY RATING: 8.5/10