Glad to hear that about warm weather Shamu. I bought some yesterday and am finding it hard to get to know. That seems to be a recurring theme with me and Guerlains. First couple of times I wore their Vetiver I was pissed. I am hoping I'll appreciate L'Instant more in the heat. I'm warming up to their Vetiver- sort of. The Guerlains a puzzle to me- it's like I have to train myself to smell them.
CanwllCorfe: Nothing in this EdT is VERY pronounced to me. If you read the notes pyramid, you'll see a lot in there. If I'm STARING at the notes while SNIFFING my wrist, I can pick things out. But you will not, I predict, be overwhelmed by anise, or anything else. It is superbly blended. I tend to like my frags a bit more linear and "in yo face" but this is nicely done, no doubt. I have read some reviews that imply it was a bit of gourmand. Maybe so for someone with a sensitive nose. The cocoa note I can pick out, but as I said, it's well blended in with a lot of other nice notes. Don't try to think of it being anything like A*Men, Rochas Man, or even Borneo 1834.