When I bought the bottle I had also the impression that it was harsher, more tarry than the original sample I had ordered at Tauer's. At the same time I think the harshness depends strongly on weather conditions and that it comes out more at cooler temperatures (!). But I may be mistaken. When I wear it, after a couple of hours it gets as smooth as the stuff from the sample. In the first hours I get some Lonestar Memories from ist (tar).
I don't wear it very often but I do wear it - even to work. 2 sprays.