This particular 1993 release has caused me to come full circle. At first, I loved it and then over time, I became indifferent to it. Now, years later, I have been revisiting it and realize that it truly is a very good masculine fragrance. I assume I needed to part ways with it, for a time, in order to appreciate it.
The opening accord ( at least to me ) is the star here. The remainder of the scent is very good, but is hard pressed to keep pace with the topnotes. Escada Pour Homme begins with an excellent accord of spicy citrus and a slight booziness. The citric accord is very enjoyable and as it evolves, orange comes to the fore. It's not a big, bold rendition. It's simply recognizable as such along with the spiciness and it's this duo that I find terrific. It doesn't have rough edges nor is it bracing.
All good things must end however. The opening succumbs within 10 minutes to a tempered , spicy accord with a hint of fruitiness and softened florals. This heart accord has numerous listed notes, but what comes to fruition on me is the nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and juniper. The geranium and carnation are blurred, but it's all good. The accord stands on its own and is restrained compared to the first 10 minutes.
The base and drydown are of the woodiental variety. Sandalwood, vanilla and tonka with a dash of patchouli. There's a slight muskiness as Escada Pour Homme goes into drydown and it works efficiently. The vanilla and tonka never assume a loud posture and even the patchouli takes a relaxed stance. This doesn't equate into "weak". It's simply a matter of the volume tuned down as it still smells "full". The sillage is average and longevity is about 4 hours on me.
Escada Pour Homme gets a thumbs up from Aromi. This has been dc'ed and ( at least ) right now, it can still be had for a decent price if you pick your shots on ebay.