December 2019: Geo F. Trumper announces its latest addition to its colognes range: Havana.
January 2020: your Italian reviewer, Robykeys82, goes to London with wifey and friends.
Given these initial conditions, the reader must answer the following question: did your reviewer miss the chance to grab a bottle of Havana?
If you answered “Yes”, probably you’re not interested in this article and can skip it. Otherwise, if you gave the correct answer, I suppose you’re curious about this new fragrance, which sounds interesting just reading the description:
- Presentation: classic Geo F. Trumper’s, which means classy and awesome, a real pleasure to see. The cologne label art consists of a palm branch which spans from left to right. Simple but effective!
- Packaging: the classic Trumper’s 50ml bottle with atomiser. Works well.
- Scent: the main reason we buy a cologne, isn’t it? My relationship with Trumper’s colognes is a love-it-or-hate-it. I love their Eucris, Spanish Leather and Lime (although this one lasts about 20 minutes and then it’s gone), while I don’t care for some of their other offerings (Skye, Bay Rum and their Sandalwood, despite it being their signature scent). I have to say that I was surprised by how classy and good Havana is. The layers mentioned in the description provided by Trumper’s all blend perfectly together, giving an overall sense of a top-class product. I can detect the grapefruit, the cinnamon, the vetiver and the pink pepper for sure. Not declared by the House, the overall note reminds me of a hint of cocoa. What struck me the most is that, differently from what happens with other Trumper’s scents, this one is at the same time light and with a great persistence. Eucris, for example, is a very strong masculine scent, as well as Spanish Leather. Havana is subtler, relying on the strong interplay between its various components. I think the main goal declared by the producer (i.e. to evoke the swaying and rustling of Cuba’s one hundred different species of palm trees ) has been met! Don’t expect this cologne to smell like rum and cigars. Instead, expect a journey to a distant and exotic land, where the main scent is the one of unspoiled Nature
- Persistence: another plus of Havana is its persistence. I can detect it on my skin after 8 hours of work (plus 1 of commuting).
- Price: 55£. Not cheap, but worth it.
Overall, I’d assign a 9/10 to this new fragrance by one of the most iconic UK’s perfumers. Highly recommended!