Amber absolute sounds intriguing. The only amber that I have tried was L’Artisan: L’eau d’Ambre Extreme. Have you tried that frag?
Ambre Extreme is just Amber Essential Oil. Amber Absolute is a stronger, denser and deeper Amber, with a syrpy feel to it, some Caramel in the base as well. Amber Absolute is probably the most under-rated Tom Ford.
I've actually been layering Tobacco Vanille with Oud Wood to a pretty delightful effect.
I had a chat with the Tom Ford rep at NM, and he told me that the impetus behind the Private Blend was to make simple scents that could be easily layered and "blended" into a personal signature. Then he gave me a ton of samples, and I've started blending....
I've only sampled TV, TL, and Grey Vetiver and of the three I love TV the most (after 3 hours probably!). GV is more versatile, I don't see a problem with wearing this to work, a casual nightout, or even with classy more formal wears.
Tuscan Leather however, I cannot find myself an occasion to wear it or suitable clothings to wear it with. Plus it makes me smell like I've been shopping for a new leather sofa.
Tuscan Leather, Noir de Noir, Tobacco Vanille are my faves but I badly want to add Bois Marocain, Amber Absolute, Arabian Wood, Velvet Gardenia, Moss Breches, Italian Cypress, Black Violet, Neroli Portofino, Japon Noir and Purple Patchouli...