Miller Harris La Fumée is a butch, smoky delight full of resin and hard edged spice.
Whilst I admire La Fumée, I find I am not as fond of it as I am of another Miller Harris that I reviewed recently: Feuilles de Tabac, which has delightful leather and a papery scent that I enjoyed.
La Fumée has that resinous dried smoke effect that is prevalent in both Ambre Sultan and L’Air du Desert Marocain (aka LADDM). However, whilst I liked the ecclesiastical feel of LADDM, I did not like Ambre Sultan. In my review, as I recall, it reminded me of the cloud of smoke you would find above a group of insalubrious youths. There is a dryness to Ambre Sultan that catches at the back of my throat, like cigar smoke. That same dry note is present in La Fumée . However, my disliking of La Fumée was a near miss since I would consider scenting my (non smoking) home with this, but I would not put it on my skin. Call me fickle.
I admire its richness: it has strong Birch, and Elemi ( a substance used in cough mixtures) and it does indeed remind me of a cross between cigar smoke and rum, but as much as I like a bit of Butch from time to time, this was a tiny bit de trop for my taste. It’ll put hairs on your chest for sure! Maybe that’s what I’m afraid of.