Update: August 30, 2017
I'm happy to inform you that now we know Creed Viking is real. Over the last week many popular YouTube reviewers received pre-release samples of the fragrance and many of them have already shared their first impressions.
So what's the consensus?
Sebastian from Smelling Great talks about Viking in the same vein: it's a nice Creedesque fragrance but ultimately nothing new to the game.
I'm sharing the videos from Sebastian and Carlos and Steven below, so you can view them yourself.
The official notes of the fragrance are:
Calabrian Bergamot,Sicilian Lemon, La Reunion Baie Rose
Peppercorn, Bulgarian Rose, Peppermint
Indian Sandalwood, Haitian Vetiver, Indian Patchouli,
According to Creed's official site, 100ml bottle retails for USD$495 and the 50ml size goes for USD$350.
If these prices look steep, it is because they are. Whether Viking is worth it, I hope to find out soon and share with you. For now, however, I haven't heard anyone recommending a strong buy.
Update: November 1, 2016
A video by Jeremy Fragrance has been circulating in the fragrance community showing a bottle of Viking by Creed.
Jeremy attended the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) expo in Cannes where Creed, among other perfume companies, had a booth.
While Jeremy's focus was on Creed's White Amber, we caught a glimpse of the Creed's Viking bottle. Check out the video below. The shot of Viking is on 9:20.
Update: October 19, 2016
Two separate sources on Facebook share communication from Creed contradicting the information about the imminent release of Viking early next year.
One source met Erwin Creed during a promotion event of the company in Dallas. To the question when Viking and White Amber are coming out, Erwin allegedly responded that it was going to be a while since the fragrances are not yet finished.
Another source quotes a customer service source at Creed. The source doesn't deny the existence of Viking or any plans for such a fragrance. They just say they are not aware of it.
As the story around Viking by Creed has turned into a whirlwind of rumour and speculation, I'll keep providing updates here on new information I come across. Stay tuned for more.
Viking by Creed. This is the name of the new fragrance that Creed is rumoured to release in the first quarter of 2017.
The bottle of Viking has a design similar to Aventus but in bright orange (think Hermes orange). It will likely come in the standard sizes of the Millesime collection - 75ml and 120ml.
Daniel says Viking is a fragrance full of virility and what he interpreted as oak moss. I'm not sure how to interpret the "virility" part but various members of Basenotes have shared the following composition notes:
Bergamot, Black Currant, Pink Pepper
Fruity Notes, Driftwood, Salt, Rose
Ambergris, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Sea Salt
A Basenote member also mentions that the alleged price of the fragrance is €275 for 120ml bottle.