If a person has tasted strawberry candy but never tasted raspberry candy, I'll bet the first time they taste raspberry they will think that it tastes like strawberry. Or you could substitute Midori/watermelon schnapps, or clove/cinnamon, or lard/butter, or vanilla/tonka. I don't expect people to know what tonka bean smells like. I do think we get more out of scents than most people just because we're even AWARE of the constituents. I don't mean this in an arrogant way at all. I'd expect that jazz fans have this same issue- people around them always comparing their favorite obscure musician to something totally different.
It's easy to get caught up in the 'art' of smelling, but that can get dangerous when other people think you smell like urinal cakes instead of Kouros (which we, the enlightened, know to be composed of nectar and the breath of angels). I guess sometimes you just need to stand back and ask "what would a person think of this if they had never smelled it before?"