Inspired by the rugged exoticism of the Argentinean plains, Montabaco is a towering crescendo of rich tobacco, leather, tea, suede, and wood notes, each nuance overlapping the last so that an almost 3D picture of a cowboy appears, smoking a cigarette over a dwindling fire after a long, hard day corralling cattle. All this on top of a bed of airy florals puffed out with Iso E Super and Hedione for a bright, silvery-woody radiance perfectly equipped to carry the heft of the leather on its shoulders.
A fresh, balmy clary sage note dominates at first, like a nosegay of fresh green herbs tucked under the flap of a saddle, giving the fragrance an attractively lived-in air. Although the radiant florals certainly perform a role, Montabaco is not really a floral fragrance: it is the tough, smoky woods, moss, and leather accords that dominate here. But the fresh, dancing lightness of the tea leaf and white jasmine infuse the scent with enough air and space for the heavier notes to breathe. The result? A genuinely masculine “Gaucho” type of fragrance pitched halfway between the grimy, well-worn leather of experience and the smoky, herbal airiness of the Argentinean outback.
Air note, orange absolute, bergamot, juniper, clary sage, cardamom, magnolia, hedione, rose, violet, tea notes, tobacco leaf, iso e super, suede, sandalwood, moss, tonka, ambergris