I love this beautiful and complex fragrance. I think it's the initial blast of anise that gives it a chocolately flavor but that fades somewhat, preventing it from developing into a gourmand scent. In the beginning, it leans more toward a fruity/chypre, but as it blends with your chemistry, it continues to evolve with the floral notes coming into the picture. This is a perfume that takes a little time to settle in and get acquainted before it blooms into all it has to offer. Listed below are the notes from the La Prairie site:
Top notes of crisp green apple, verbena flower, calabrain, bergamot, anise and crushed coriander. Heart notes of dewfruit berry, plum, crystallized sugar accord, gardenia and tuberose blossom. Base notes of red sandalwood, rare agarwood, tonka bean, vanilla.
From what I have read, Silver Rain was a disappointment to many because the name and description did not aptly reflect the scent itself . . . and that is true. Had it been marketed differently, I think it would have been more successful.