'In Praise of the Traitor' is pine-patchouli fragrance. The opening starts with bay leaf and a little tarragon. Once the fragrance enters the heart, the pine becomes apparent, and to my nose, the patchouli as well. Some clove makes the heart a bit spicier. In the dry down there's again pine and patchouli. There might be some leather too, but I couldn't pinpoint it. I suppose at the end,the fragrance becomes a bit woodier
Compared to other pine fragrances this one has more patchouli. The main note (pine) is made to seem extra dark green, because of the patchouli. I got the same impression from Aramis Havana. The pine note smells more like woodsy pine tree, than like green pine needles. While people see most similarity to Caron Yatagan, I'd like to contrast it with Lutens Fille en Aiguilles: Both Traitre and Fille smell rather woody and dry, but Traitre really shows the patchouli. Fille may be more unisex because it has less herbal notes and perhaps a pinch of sweetness. The herbal notes make Traitre lean towards the masculine side. IMO Yatagan is more animalic, and I also think that Traitre isnt similar to Polo
While I don't love this scent, it's a solid fragrance that's worth considering.