Despite its old guard style, in a way I'm surprised that Tabac Original has been around since 1955, because I've never smelled another fragrance that smells anything like it. It remains unique to this day, and though it's certainly old school to the core, it's also timeless in its style. I could wear this every day and never tire of it.
There's been some debate as to whether or not Tabac smells like tobacco. I think it does, but it's more like the idea or concept of tobacco than the actual smell of a cigar or a tobacco leaf. It has a wonderful contrast of a wet, clean smell (from citrus and lavender) and a brownish, subdued and muted floral smell, all rounded out by musk, tonka bean and oakmoss in the base. It all blends together to create a deep brown, semi-smoky scent that conjures up images of lit cigars, pipes, and tobacco leaves. In fact, Tabac is a lot like the smell of a shirt or sweater after the guy wearing it was smoking a pipe for hours. It is a wonderful, perfect smell.
My favorite fragrances are those that either create vivid images in my mind when I wear them, or cause me to have a strong emotional reaction to wearing them. Tabac Original does both. When I wear it, I feel like I'm in a swank jazz club in the 1950's, drinking a glass of scotch and smoking a cigar, with Tony Bennett on stage. Tabac is truly an adult fragrance, conjuring up thoughts and images that only an adult can really appreciate. You don't wear Tabac Original when you want to revisit your youth. Tabac is the kind of fragrance you wear when you want to feel grown up, to celebrate your savviness and experience in life.
Most importantly, I feel good when I wear Tabac. I work in a stressful profession, but when I wear this cologne, I feel balanced, as if my stress is draining out of me and everything in the world is just right. I can't think of higher praise for any luxury item, never mind a fragrance, than that.
MY RATING: 10/10
Fragrance House: Maurer & Wirtz