Got my bottle last night and wore it today. I swear, the sample I had must have been mislabeled, as it was sweeter, but when I go read the description of 1270 , I am sure that I did not get a mislabled 1270.
Vibert's review is right on. It is astringent and it must be the star anise (licorise accord or the cognac?) that hits my nose first. Maybe for 20 to 30 minutes, that is what hits me. I have had it on for an hour now and it has mellowed out. It starts to remind me of Piper Nigrum, just not as heavy on the black pepper, but I can see where some creaminess wants to come through.
I usually dismiss a cologne on first sniff. I need to be careful with this one though. Vibert is right, this thing is going to last and it is not a skin scent, but then again, it is not a loud, projecting scent. Whereas Idole is sugary sweet (rum maybe?) this is more like your bourbon sweetness, but even toned down from that. I don't get the nutmeg or rose or patchouli, nor is this super spicy, but there is something comforting about this. At lunch, I usually let a few ladies smell my new scents and I will get them to comment