The perfumer describes the scent as "rich, heavy and dry." That matches my take.
I'm reviewing the oil-based version, which is smooth and rich. A small amount conveys copious scent. Features well-blended spices and a hint of wood. A bit sweet in a balsamic way, but basically dry enough for a guy. The dry-down is definitely old-school: a bit animalic and balsamic. I wonder if there is real ambergris here, or at least some sort of ambergris. I get an intermittent faint whiff of the earthy-fishy-skanky but appealing notes of ambergris.