A very smooth, soft scent that's blended together very well. The amber in the fragrance makes it reminiscent of Pure Malt, with a dose of vanilla.
To me, it doesn't smell like vanilla is an overpowering ingredient, it seems more like it shares the top spot with the amber equally. It does have a "classy" smell to it and it would be a nice accessory if you were going out in a suit.
I'm in agreement that sillage and projection are poor but to me, longevity is moderate at best.
As far as the exclusivity to Nordstrom's and Harrod's, it's a nice marketing move but there's nothing special enough with the fragrance to justify a $140-160 retail price. If it were at the Macy's counter for $60, I don't think anyone would pay particular attention to it and I doubt it would cause much of a stir.
Amber is there, all right, a nice but not particularly spectacular grounding of this scent, that later merges with vanilla - again a nice vanilla, not nothing special. My skin does not get much Balsamic. It is a safe combination, a bit uneventful and limited development. Sillage is poor after an hour, as is projection. No complaint about the longevity, though; up to five hours, with the last couple of hours developing into a pleasant gentle soapiness.