The darker and more intense version of the masculine fragrance Cerruti 1881 was introduced in 2006, under the name Cerruti 1881 Black. This oriental woody scent was developed by Michel Girard and is reportedly “inspired by the warm and spicy atmosphere of an Italian evening”, as stated in the press release.
As an admirer of the original 1881 (however never had it in my collection!), I was curious to sniff this creation, given that the “black fragrances” have always proved to be more interesting, compared to their source of inspiration. The statement proved to function in this situation as well, because this perfume brings the olfactory level to an innovative dimension, by mixing gourmand notes with spices into shaping a classic oriental perfume.
The top notes from Cerruti 1881 Black include an exquisite combination of bitter orange, santolina, lavender and black pepper. Afterwards, the spiciness of the pepper is offset in the mid development by an interesting combination that brings together aromas of nutmeg, cedar and caraway; the most prominent note in here is the nutmeg. Finally, for the last part, the perfumer employed a strong and unusual mix of oud (agarwood), Guaiac wood and marzipan. The combination of these woody accents brings balance to the composition and the gourmet aroma represents a hint of innovation.
Cerruti 1881 Black comes in a bottle that resembles with the original flask introduced with 1881, except the color scheme which is now a combination of grey-black and black. The frozen glass showcases the embossed name 1881, while the packaging box comes also in black over which the names are written with silver letters.
Cerruti 1881 Black Perfume Details
- Cerruti 1881 Black is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 75 ml Deodorant Stick; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2006
- Perfumer: Michel Girard
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual