Good coincidence of your thread, as I was just thinking about this fragrance Vartan. I did a SotD yesterday with the last remains of my vial.
I really don't get this sharp tar in the beginning or first hour as you said you did. If you said you got it after several hours, maybe.....as I have heard others having this experience. But in the first hour ? I honestly feel this bottle may be "off" and somewhat spoiled. I am not the best nose here, however. Perhaps someone else can chime in. I wish I could be of more help to you.
I really wish this fragrance had a bit more power to it. I feel it wears too close to the skin on me. Incidently, I have seen more bottles available recently, which is a good thing.