I recently bought into a split of this (10mls) in the EDP form, and now I'm wishing that I hadn't. It's alright, actually, but it is the kind of thing I am now more than ready to pass over on my way to more interesting discoveries. I will just have to stop listening to people raving about stuff and buying into it, just to find out that I should have trusted trusted my own instincts and taste. It's basically a dulled, floury baking-extract vanilla scent with a touch of patchouli and alcohol at the top. The patchouli departs almost immediately, bringing it with any gravitas or interest the scent may have had. What's left is a plain, doughy vanilla, and to borrow the words of one of my favorite reviewers, Colin Maillard, it is without praise or infamy. It is snuggly and warm, vaguely comforting like all/most vanillas are, but for this price ($140 for 50mls), I guess I would be much happier with something like Un Bois Vanille.
This is far too ordinary and unexceptional for the price being demanded here, and to boot, the sillage and longevity leave much to be desired. Color me underwhelmed (as well as ashamed of myself for spending yet more money on mediocrity.) I am giving this a neutral because it is not unpleasant. Just uninspired, unoriginal, and shamelessly overpriced.
I tested a sample of Gothic I against my similiar Jalaine's Patchouli. And they are similiar! Gothic I is a very smooth, lightly euchalyptic patchouli, gracefully married to a complex vanilla, just like J's P. Gothic I is rich, smooth, warm and enveloping. One drop will scent you for 10 hours, easily. It adds a warm cedar note, that take this blend to an earthier level than J's P (which manages to smell blossom fresh by comparison!) As the G. I cedar emerges, the euchalyptic note in the patchouli fades and I suppose this is the key difference between the two. Gothic I is stated a feminine fragrance, but is notably less fem than the Jalaine's, and I feel G. I is truly unisex.
Sticker shock is a factor, as it's outrageously expensive at $14 dollars per ml and sold in 10ml roll-on. It's quite strong and very concentrated, though not more than Jalaine's which may be had in a 6ml refill bottle for $15.00/ml or kai which comes in a 3.75 ml roll-on at $12.00/ml. Is it worth it? If you love it, of course. I will stick with my Jalaine's!