Great thread Chris!
Let's not forget Givenchy III
while we're at it! (Yes, it's marketed to women - all you guys who get your panties into knots about such things can stop reading here
.) I think it's one of the best chypres out there right now, and the only one I'd even consider placing near Mitsouko
for sheer quality. I think it actually kicks Gentleman
Green, woody, mossy - it's like a walk in the damp forest.
Like several others here, I think Givenchy's new Vetyver
is one of the best on the market, right up there with Sycomore
, Encre Noir
and Route du Vétiver
. I like and admire Insensé
, but I concur with Chris that Paco Rabanne's Ténéré
takes the masculine floral one step further. Of course, Ténéré
is no longer with us, and Insené
is back among the living, so the point may moot.