There's a slight budget issue that seems to crop up during the evolution of Grey Vetiver, at least for me. I agree that there seems to be a slightly (but blatantly) synthetic note that occurs during the transition from citrus to vetiver and spice. Tom Ford is quality designer, probably the ultimate designer brand before one enters the realm of niche, but I have some doubts about the quality of materials used in his scents. However, that said, I do really like Grey Vetiver. I think it's the best traditional vetiver I've ever smelled, better than Guerlain's.