Hi Bigsly -
I couldn't agree more...I just got a bottle of Original Vintage Quorum after shying away from this scent for a long time. I knew it in high school and preferred other scents. My friend's father gifted him a half-full bottle of this older juice and I remember its power. I connected more with Drakkar Noir (and so did the girls back then) as well as Original Obsession for Men and Original Eternity from Calvin Klein, as well as my dear Vintage Paco Rabanne. Now, after hitting 40, I decided to revisit the juice. The current, while green and decent...lacked power and depth that I remembered. The purist I am (as you know), I sought out an Original Vintage bottle exactly as the top picture in Derbyman's great post!) and concur with your sentiments here and Derbyman's. I love the slightly dirty/earthy vibe found in Vintage. The rich Oakmoss, heavier tobacco and deep leather adds so much to the juice. One could buy both and enjoy both - similar, but a remarkable difference in power, richness and the natural feeling of Vintage (great adjective used by Bigsly, "multi-dimensionality"...so, borrowing here. It took me time, but now I feel I can wear this juice and it won't wear me! I've been contemplating for years, but couldn't find an Original Vintage bottle for a fair price.
I put Quorum (Original Vintage) on and it just feels and smells amazing. It settles down after 30-45 minutes into a wonderful scent, although the opening is strong and muscular...it is not abrasive or rude. Really enjoying the development on skin - warm, smooth, tobacco, oakmoss, wood and leather. All of this warmed by amber. I think what I like about Quorum is that it gets darker and deeper. Not another green forest scent that doesn't enter the "shadows" - it welcomes them and the earthiness. However, there are the nice brilliant rays of sunlight coming in. Something to admire - not one I would wear often, but it holds a place in my collection now.
Originally Posted by Bigsly
I think a lot of people aren't really commenting on vintage Quorum, meaning what was marketed at first. I have a really old bottle (200 ml splash, with old paper label on the bottom), and it blows the doors off the new one (I didn't get a box with it so I don't know second from third reformulations, if that in fact is the case). It has what I call multi-dimensionality, like the original Red for Men by GBH, and that includes a great "fresh" quality that is so natural and rounded it really surprised me.