Neutral, leaning like.
There's something in the base that reminds me of two scents I do not like: Terre d'Hermes edt and Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace for Him.
It matches that with some woody sweetness that almost makes up for it.
A distinctly dark, masculine, herbaceous scent, whose unbalanced spectrum of wood, floral, green and leather notes never develop into a coherent aroma... making Polo Modern Reserve almost clean, almost classy and almost wearable.
As well as already abundantly underlined the Modern Reserva is a more contemporary (?) revisited kind of juice which is still green and smoky but is at once sweeter, endowed by a certain dose of soapy smoothness, more fruity and far less complex, aromatic-balsamic, minty, coniferous, sharp, resinous and leathery than the HUGE predecessor. I catch hints of balmy "synthetism" in this modern version, the flowers are less angular and more enveloping, the juice is more radiant, ostensibly light and spacious (airy), more sporty-dymamic and owns like a touch of something boozy, balmy (the myrrh) but also fruity-detergent (deep fruits-vetiver-patchouli) and deeply spicy is in the blend. The first impression is that the juice is less dusty-incensey, aqueous, sharp and leathery than the original Polo even if as soon as the dry down is cast you notice that the smell is still a Polo kind of smell and is virile, leathery, herbal-rooty (vetiver) and prickly-dusty (but with that spicy-balmy-fruity warm sweetness almost absent in the body of the great original). The main difference between the two versions is to me made by the sweetness of balsams, fruits and spices introduced in the body of the Reserva. Nonetheless this revisited flanker is a good smell of forest for us but is not so transparent, pure, natural, stiff, cool-aromatic and silvan as the bold original.
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Having worn the original Polo a long time ago I forgot how it smelled. Modern Reserve instantly brought back memories from the first spray. Majorly toned down from the original, but it still has enough in common with it to wear the badge. The only thing that disappointed me was the pine note that was so prominent in the original is barely noticeable. Otherwise it's a nice fragrance for an older gentleman.
Modern Reserve certainly attempts to maintain the integrity of the already dated and intolerable formula of original Polo. How nice of them! The opening is similar to the original with the same citrus, spices, etc. Then the middle and base of some kind of resinous sweet amber appears and stays strong for at least twelve hours. Polo Modern Reserve is very potent.