I thought of that too at first (I read a review before trying) and i wrestled with the associative image briefly because of that review. The opening really, specifically. But really, it smells like its listed top notes when you think about it, like the gin and lime and pine (If you don't think so, I hope I don't sound patronizing to you, I don't mean to we all have different senses of smell). Smells exactly like the listed top notes. And I guess you could say Gin vaguely smells like a mothball kinda, if you think of a gin stain on clothing or something. So i think it's the gin with the young rose. I got past it quickly enough. Now I actually like the opening a hell of a lot and I smell all of the listed top notes. And the drydown smells amazing, you don't think so? Smells like pine, eucalyptus and young roses to me, albeit not the conventional rose people think of when you say rose but a very different strain. The rose especially squashes all mothball connections. young, kinda green, not quite mature roses. I'm not just saying this because I bought a flacon (although I did, with the quickness like you wouldn't believe) or because I am a Creed fanboy (I'm not a fanboy of Creed I only like five) but Windsor is my favorite thing going right now in my collection, And i initially had the same association briefly. I've gotten compliments from a couple of girls at school (where I am a TA) and once from a woman at the museum too. They didn't mention moth balls! This is Creed at its finest: I was all but ready to write off hope for great new Creeds, and then this!