A medicinal strong opening of green-tinged nose-tingling boozy Vetyver, mingling briefly, with a metallic over-ripe berry, which is gone in a flash.
This intense burbon and berry opening backs off slightly over 10-15 minutes, bringing in an interesting, but not dominating, dry floral bouquet (Rose and Jasmine I think) which seems to soothe the Vetiver.
The dry-down comes after about an hour on my skin: held close, a dry scent of wide-based mild musk, moss, and warm Vetiver. Not a hint of powder or sweetness.
The boldness reminds of a few others in this league, but here we substitute a musk base in lieu of the overpowering smoke in Chanel Sycomore and Sel de Vetiver by TDC.
I will wait to comment on longevity (frequently a problem for me).
Overall, a most intense vetiver.
A confident and gentlemanly juice, once settled.
Considering a bottle, based on sample decant.
Powerful sticky rose up front, then a heart of spicy cumin and pepper and cedar shavings with dried crush rose petals in the background. A bit dense and cloying up front in the top, but nice to have a basically woody scent in the drydown with a Rose underlying it. Feminine smelling in the bottle, but masculine on the skin after the opening. 1 spray, 2 max, and I have dry skin that tends not to prolong.
The drydown has thankfully no sweetness or vanilla or even much musk, only spicy cedar and vetiver (the dry but non-smoky type) balanced by the slightest powder and remembrance of the rose, along with a good dose of frankinsence. It's romantic, strong and exciting
This is for a night out that will go, well, all night; not for the office.
Dark maple syrup, chased quickly by a heart of Vetiver. Dries down in minutes to a syrupy molasses and a vague moss. Little projection or longevity. Perhaps my sample is old but I smell little cafe. Woods but no smoke.