SOTD: My first test of Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka by Hermès.
The opening was that intense blast of pepper I've gotten from other Hermes (Mousson, Terre).
When the pepper settled, the vetiver came through.
It's not the medicinal vetiver of Geurlain, it's the greeny vetiver of Jo Malone (which I personally prefer, BTW).
Later, to my surprise, it morphed into what I've come to think of as "that garrigue smell" (to steal OdysseusM's term) I learned from Sud Est. I never realized it was a product of the vetiver mixing with the pepper. While I think I smell oregano there, it's entirely possible that I may have been mis-reading these notes as oregano on some of my daily reviews. Argh - live and learn...
I was also looking forward to trying this to experience tonka without the omnipresent sandalwood or vanilla it's usually buried in. To my suprise, the tonka + pepper was the citric ambous almost-grapefruit basenotes of Terre d'Hermes.
There was a recent thread on here comparing the two and I think it's an apt comparison. Replace TdH's grapefruit with vetiver and you basically get Vetiver Tonka.
Not that that's a bad thing, but TdH is about 1/4 the price...
Nice, but not $200 nice. But if I splurge and get the 4-pack Hermessence travel size sampler, I'll enjoy this, but it's not FBW for me.