Unlike Homage (which has been watered down), the batches I've smelled so far were always good, though there are subtle differences. Apparently, older batches were more smoky. The one I have, which I bought 1 and a half year ago, is not smoky, but has a very strong tobacco. The top is so strong and mineral that's almost unpleasant, but then when it settles it's rich, deep, and wonderful, and it goes on for ages. I have not smelled this year's batch, though.