Ambre Sultan disappointed me initially. Based on all the buzz, I was expecting this tour de force in amber, the Sultan of Amber-centric fragrances. I was expecting "Serge Lutens' Concerto for Amber" in which Amber would be the center-stage-featured performer and the rest of the orchestra would provide an accompaniment, the foil against which the Amber would shine. But, after wearing it some and thinking about it, I realized just that not only is it not an Amber Concerto, its really not strictly and amber-centric fragrance. It's much more of a chamber work in which Amber is a key performer in the ensemble, but not the featured solist.
With expectations properly set, I have come to like Ambre Sultan. It's not my favorite, but I do like it.