Hmmmm. Yes, galbanum smells like a stem, to me too. It's got a resiny bitterness that I think of as "tangy." I think the topnotes of Chanel No. 19 are "tangy". I never tried Bluebell, but I sure want to now!
As the deconstructionist that I am, this thread is honestly fascinating me. Could Tinker's tangy scent be Opoponax? Wonder if there's coriander in the particular fragrances Tinker mentioned? Or maybe bergamot?
I wish I could help! It's so frustrating trying to find a particular note, and then out of the blue, when it's unexpected, you sniff it in something.
This happened to me really recently. For years I looked for a scent that had a particular note in Safari. I decided that Chanel No. 19 and Boudoir both had this note, but I couldn't pin in down. Recently I tried Annick Goutal Heure Magique and it was one of those "Eureka!" moments. I thought the note was galbanum! Wonder what it is?:bounce: