Got some samples from hellcat9 -- he was generous! Either I lucked out, or he has good taste, because the first four I tried were all pretty good.
Bogart Witness: I was concerned about this one because One Man Show and Bogart were full of birch tar. Witness is on the spicy side, with an intriguing complexity and a touch of green herbs. No birch tar. The sandalwood is the predominant accord in the drydown. The cheapness of the synthetic sandalwood is obvious, and yet it somehow remains in balance. That's what capable perfumers do after all. Witness is a pleasant and not totally conventional sandalwood fragrance, whose fir and patchouli give it a mild bite. I'll try wearing it at least once. Might be worth picking up if I can score a bottle super cheap. Edit: wore this yesterday and found the geranium, cinnamon, storax and patchouli quite sweet but not overly so... could be a good comfort scent for bedtime and such. Definitely pleasant.
Cartier Pasha: From the reviews, this isn't what I was expecting at all. It's certainly not sweet. It's not really bitter either, but rather green, leafy, and sappy. There is similarity to several Diptyque creations (Eau de Lierre) and Andy Tauer's new Verdant pentachord. Thankfully, there's no tomato leaf. I'll try wearing it but I have a feeling it might be a bit austere for my taste -- I think there's some myrrh in the base that deadens things. I'm a little surprised no one recommended it to me here.
Crabtree & Evelyn Sienna: Okay, you are reading this for the first time: I like the birch tar in this! Finally, it's treated as wintergreen, flanked by cinnamon and green leaves. Spicy, a little sweet, and masculine. The reviews here seem to think this is dirt cheap juice, but it's not. If it were a super cheapie, I might consider a bottle. It's fun. Edit: Upon wearing, the birch tar is still annoying to me. I just don't like the combo of wintergreen and smoke.
Carven Vetiver Dry: Not a whole lot of info on this one out there. The spray sample was calling to me -- a little must have gotten sprayed on the tape hellcat9 sealed it with, and it smelled great. I was delighted with the opening, which recalls Esencia Loewe, and they seem to have been released the same year. A lot of perfumers were probably looking for a new direction at that time; too bad for guys like me, Cool Water became the wave of the future instead of Esencia. Vetiver Dry has less herbs (wormwood) than Esencia, a bit more rose, and a big slug of smoky vetiver where Esencia has more smooth moss and musk. They are both quite dry, the Carven perhaps even moreso than Esencia in the drydown. The smoke is intriguing, though I do prefer Esencia. I'll give it a wearing but I'll probably pass. I would go so far as to say this frag is a hidden gem however. Edit: After giving this a wearing, I really like it and want a bottle.