Welcome to Basenotes!
The first thing you have to consider is that there are no hard and fast rules. There's nothing that's "supposed" to happen according to formulas or reviews. Fragrances are like colors--completely subjective.
The only way to find out what you like is to continue to sample. You never know, you may feel the opposite about the next batch. In time, you'll develop a sense of what you may even want to approach or not. You'll also be able to interpret reviews more correctly since those are also based on emotions and personal tastes. And even then, you'll have plenty of surprises.
You might find it interesting that the only 2 that you half-enjoyed from that group are the ones I have tested and have absolutely no interest in. On the other hand, IMO, Geir and L'Homme Sage are great ones LOL...
So don't rush and don't get frustrated. This is supposed to be fun.