Very helpful Review
This ain't no another flanker, rather a marvelous fine cognac!
To begin with I adore this one. Believe me, you have to try it with an open mind and not expecting the original smell or anything alike since this is not a flanker, not this time. With newly added features it is so freaking good, strong pungent, and smooching your face.
It opens with slight Cinnamon surrounded by Vetiver, which is quite unconventional in the top notes. So damn bitter, earthy and dirty, nothing citrusy nor zesty in there. Immediately you sense the Tonka-beans in the undertones. But what really thrills me is the hint of liquor that you can actually make out, a kind of finest and smoky brandy or cognac, which is both complex and fine, with a bouquet of the best Rémy Martin (it is hard to say that since I am a big fan of Islay Single Malts Scotch whisky!!!).
It is actually surprisingly good! Awesome, very beautiful, amazing. It is warm and sensual, aromatic-fougère-woody-powdery, smoky. In my opinion Tonka-beans and Amber make it so smooth, a bit sweet and a bit dry, but in a pleasant manner. I think it has nothing to do with the previous releases, I didn't find any similarity with other APH, neigher the original nor the flankers. Of course, it has something that reminds you it is an Azzaro's son, there is a common D.N.A., but not a revisited edition of past creations.
Ultimately, It gives me a very good vibe. I am proud to give it 9/10, definitely !!!
To me, it is suitable for leisure and working days, and it gives its best on a cool and wet weather, like winter time and fall/spring rainy days. You can really smell and enjoy the earthy, smoky, and dark notes.