Pleasant surprises for me have included:
1) Appreciation of the older Guerlains, formerly written off for being too Mrs Thatcher-y and fuddy duddy. Now, it's complete and utter respect all the way.
2) The joys of wearing gentlemen's scents
3) Becoming bolder and more multifarious in my tastes
Disappointments have included:
1) Not liking the mighty Bal a Versailles, in spite of its superlative reviews
2) Natural perfumery in general, with the exception of a few Andy Tauers