Wow, way late on this thread but I just got my sample of Vintage Tabarome last week and a full bottle today. LOVE it, but agree with the soapy note mentioned so often. (Only in that one aspect it reminds me of Aramis 900). The ingredient that is triggering that is an old fashioned synthetic "barber shop" musk. It forms the sturdy base that carries all of the other accords. Musks, particularly macrocyclic synthetics, "carry" other molecules with them so the end result is that the musk itself is imperceptible unless you know what you're looking for.
The surprising aspect for me is that no one mentions the sturdy dose of oakmoss in the VT. This fragrance to my nose is more of a showpiece for oakmoss than anything else. That's also what makes it a bit stodgy, in my opinion. Mouldy library stodgy. Overall, VT is a wonderfully uncomplicated scent if you deconstruct it. Musk, tobacco, leather, oakmoss and what they are claiming is white pepper and ginger comes across to me as a pimiento note. I don't think they had synthetic pimineto in the 1800s when this was formulated, so this one stumps me a bit.