The opening is a traditional one: top-notch bergamot, lavender, some rosemary and a dash of neroli - executed beautifully. The drydown adds hints of slightly boozy herbal vibes.
The base shifts towards the development of a musky undertone, with a restrained vanilla undertone. This vanilla is discrete, never cloying and expresses minimal sweetness only; towards the end the vanilla is accompanied by a very light and unstuffy powderiness. It is a pleasant end that lacks a try barbershop feel.
I get moderate sillage, very good projection and seven hours of longevity on my skin.
This is a traditional spring Eau de Cologne composed of ingredients of excellent quality and is very well blended. It reminds me is some aspects of the great Dunhill Blend 30, with less wood and less florals in the heart notes, with less depth and less complexity. Nevertheless, Cougar is a convincing high-quality animal of tradition, without being dated. 4/5.