Although somewhat suspended due to my extended stay in Jordan, my fragrance hobby has currently reached the rose phase. I can't get enough of it - well, to the extent that my budget allows anyway.

But while searching for rose fragrances, I couldn't help but wonder about the different varietals/origins of roses, Bulgarian, Damascene, Grasse, Turkish, Ta'if etc. Do they smell any different from each other and if so (which they probably do), what are their distinguishing characteristics?