Hi joe -
I absolutely adore Le Troisieme Homme and agree that it has a lot going on - and it most definitely settles into something truly brilliant (especially Vintage formulation)!
However, I don't get the same "feel" as Kouros at all, which is far more animalic, leathery, honeyed and has a more potent and slightly dirty vibe.
Both are classics and masterpieces, but so very different. I would liken the feel of Le Troisieme Homme by Caron to a Victorian garden with masculine power and depth.
I will give mention (and credit) to one common shared note by both that is presented - a wonderful clove (in the heart of each), but closer to the top of Kouros (late top, early heart) as it comes in with the brilliant and rich spices, patchouli, vetiver and florals. That clove note shows as a bit smokier in Caron's bottle as well, due to the structure.
Originally Posted by joe mcclaine
Troisiemme Homme by Caron has the same 'feel' as Kouros.
Lots and lots going on and then settles into something brilliant.