Creed Green Irish Tweed EDP is one of the Paris-based brand’s all-time classics. How much would you pay to take an elegant walk through the Irish countryside?
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Creed. The name alone is enough to elicit hyper devotion and debate among its fans that sometimes borders on the religious. Founded in 1760, the Paris-based niche fragrance house is a father-and-son business that has created numerous successful fragrances through the generations.
There’s no shortage of standout Creed fragrances (Aventus, anyone?), but if you were to insist on one that captures what the brand is all about, it would have to be the evocatively named Creed Green Irish Tweed EDP, which was released in 1985.
Creed claims that all of its fragrances are created through “a unique infusion process. Ingredients are weighed, mixed, macerated and filtered all by hand in the highest tradition.”
The sleek matt black flacon is instantly recognisable. It features the iconic Creed logo and the name of the fragrance in black. The only colour present on the bottle is the gold insignia on top of the cap.
In contrast, the fragrance is presented in a white box (all Creed fragrances come in this standard white box) that also features black, gold and silver.
It all comes together to proclaim in no uncertain terms, this is luxurious, sophisticated and expensive stuff.
The main notes according toare lemon, verbena from India, peppermint (top), violet leaves (middle), Florentine iris, sandalwood, and ambergris (base).
Some brands go to elaborate lengths to describe the inspiration behind their fragrances. Creed keeps it simple (and believable) for Green Irish Tweed: “A stroll through the Irish countryside.”
Olivier Creed Sixth Generation created this scent. Tradition is very important to Creed, so all the family perfumers through the generations are given royal-sounding names.
Olivier Creed Sixth Generation is responsible for an impressive succession of Creed classics, including Aventus EDP, Bois du Portugal EDP, Erolfa EDP, Himalaya EDP, Millésime Impérial EDP, and Virgin Island Water EDP.
With the trio of top notes of lemon, Indian verbena and peppermint, Creed Green Irish Tweed makes an immediate and distinctive impression. It’s bracingly fresh, crisp and clean. If this is what a walk through the Irish countryside is all about, then let’s continue the journey…
The heart of the fragrance belongs to a compelling violet leaf note. It builds on the fresh, green vibe of the opening.
The base has a slight woody focus, courtesy of the sandalwood note, and the iris note adds an element of powderiness.
And what about the musky ambergris that’s commonly listed in Creed fragrances and part of the reason why they are so expensive? If this rare by-product of the digestive system of the sperm whale is present in this scent, it’s certainly not as distinctive as the one found in Creed Millésime Impérial EDP. But that’s a minor critique in the scheme of things.
On my skin, it’s a fair performer. Many of its wearers claim vastly different things in terms of its sillage and longevity, so best try it for yourself.
Almost 35 years since its launch, Creed Green Irish Tweed remains of the brand’s big sellers and it’s easy to understand why. It’s a solidly masculine perfume (although women love wearing it, too) that’s eminently elegant.
Who would like it
Anyone from a celebrity, to an alpha male, to an ordinary guy who wants to feel like a million bucks.
Where to wear it
Creed Green Irish Tweed is a surprisingly versatile fragrance. If you have cash to splash, it could be your signature fragrance. If you’ve saved your hard-earned income to buy it, it would be more of a special occasion scent.
Similar fragrances to consider
Davidoff Cool Water EDT, Armaf Tres Nuit EDT, Coty Aspen for Men Cologne. There are numerous Creed Green Irish Tweed clones on the market, which are considerably cheaper than the real thing. Whatever you do, don’t buy one of the dodgy fakes.
As with all Creed fragrances, this one doesn’t come cheap. Expect to pay $295 for 50ml, right up to $1180 for 1,000ml.