Tom Ford’s Tobacco Oud is best described as a more masculine, mature incarnation of Tom Ford’s venerable Tobacco Vanille. The Tobacco notes are rich and full-bodied and the overly sweet Vanilla notes are replaced with a dark and mysterious Oud, which pairs beautifully. Tobacco Oud initially opens a bit sour and funky, with the oud coming on far too strong, but luckily this is short lived as it quickly mellows. Within minutes, sandalwood, spice and whisky start to make their presence known, providing warm and inspiring layers of depth and unique character. Projection is strong and offensive for the first ten minutes, but quickly settles to moderate projection for six to seven hours. After seven hours, it becomes a skin scent, and by ten hours is faintly detected.
Since it is a robust and warm scent, it is best suited for the winter and fall – but can be used in the Spring, provided temperatures stay south of 80 degrees. Above 80, the scent becomes a bit heavy.
Description from Tom Ford’s Website:
REGAL. RICH. ADDICTIVE.
PRIVATE BLEND TOBACCO OUD EXPLORES A SECRET HISTORY OF ADDICTIVE ARABIC PASSIONS – CRAFTING FRAGRANCES FROM PRECIOUS OUD WOOD RESIN AND SMOKING AROMATIC TOBACCO. IT INTERTWINES MESMERIZING OUD WITH AN IDEALIZED ARABIC TOBACCO ACCORD INSPIRED BY “DOKHA” A BLEND OF HERBS, FLOWERS, AND SPICED-LADEN TOBACCO.
The atomizer on this bottle, like other Tom Ford Private Blend bottles is adequate, but nothing special – the travel atomizer offered with the 8.4oz bottles is far superior. Given this fragrance offers moderate projection, three to five sprays work best for me. The bottle is somewhat interesting, as the grey glass offers something a bit different, but uninspiring compared to the likes of Creed, Amouage, Roja Dove, Dunhill, Chanel and others.
Would I buy it again? I’m really not sure. When I first started wearing it, I really fell in love, and thought it might be one of my favorite scents, but after wearing it for several months, I find myself more drawn to other Oud’s, including Tom Ford’s Oud Wood featured in a former Fragrance Friday. Frankly, it’s more of a Tobacco scent than an Oud, and while I like Tobacco scents, and this is one of the better Tobacco scents, having dabbled into more exotic offerings lately from Kilan, Roja Dove, etc – I find myself reaching for this bottle less and less. It’s still one of the best Tobacco scents I’ve discovered, and it is worthy of high praise, but as my collection grows – I become more discerning about what I’d buy again. I’ll update this review in a few months after I’ve had more time with it. While I’m not sure if I’d buy another bottle, I would however recommend this to any die-hard Tobacco fan – but a word of advice. Reserve judgment until you’ve worn this on your skin for at least an hour, the opening is not indicative of what’s to come.