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Maduro by Fort & Manlé
Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Crisp Woods
Perfume Author – Rasei Fort

Havana, Cuba, circa 1961

In the advent of the biggest drought in Cuban history, the amount of harvested tobacco leaves had become increasingly scarce.

The Reina del Mar, a cargo ship exporting goods to the continental United States, contained only one crate of the famed Cohiba Maduro cigars during its maiden voyage. The finest, refined medio tiempo leaves that only the elite and influential could partake in. It was El Comandante Castros’ favourite cigar of choice.

The remaining space in the cargo hold was filled with crates containing lush, tropical fruit. Tragically, two hours into the voyage, the Reina del Mar was boarded by Barbadian pirates and the ill-fated ship scuttled. Till this day, the Maduro crate has never been found. Nobody knows if the one thousand of the rarest ’61 cigars were savoured and would be worth a Kings’ ransom today.

Legend has it that it is resting comfortably in slumber at the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico.

An extravagant, maximalist take on the woody style through fruit and herbs. Building an exuberant swirl atop of a solid Tobacco-Amber-Wood base gives Maduro an anticipatory energy surging from the fresh, radiant tenacity of sweet Basil, Apple and apple skin, and a murmur of Pineapple. Maduro is fragrance turned into velvet, as this tobacco dominant scent is lifted and then smoked with a honeyed accord of Amber, Beeswax, Cinnamon leaf and Vanilla. This tension oscillates as clean fruit and smoke collide, resolving at a texturally intriguing midpoint of Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, Benzoin, and Atlas Cedarwood.

Head Notes – Apple, Pineapple, Basil, Cinnamon Leaves
Heart Notes – Bourbon Vanilla, Beeswax, Honey Accord, Damascena/Ottoman Rose
Base Notes – Tobacco, Vetiver, Patchouli, Amber, Cedarwood, Benzoin

Fort & Manlé is an independent, artisanal perfume house which is founded and wholly owned by the perfumer, Rasei Fort. The House is an amalgamation of minds, ideas, ideals and spirit.

In an attempt to strive for scent perfection, using predominantly the most refined and exquisite naturals, botanicals and absolutes, the perfumer aims to transport the user, whisking them away on a sumptuous, olfactive journey to the most exotic locales on the planet, to be truly enveloped by naturally authentic and vivid scent.