Little attitude, but decent
One of the most decent Armani fragrances for man I’ve ever tried, mostly because 90% of the others except the original Eau is quite crap. Attitude isn’t really anything special in fact, but it is at least a bit far from the clichés the rest of the line is so stuffed with. Basically this a really mild, but perfectly versatile and classy sort of amber-patchouli-tobacco fragrance with a hint of coffee, blending the Armani Code type of inspiration with the earthy darkness of patchouli – quite the key here, as it is the most prominent note for me - and the “contemporary-urban” aloof warmth of ambroxan. A touch of citrus counter-balances the general feel of dusty darkness. Don’t imagine anything complex or rich though, all smells also quite flat and a bit synthetic in the negative meaning - like any cheap patchouli perfume you can get at the drugstore, layered with any generic woody-amber scent, with a hint of that sweet synthetic note they call “tobacco” and a generic mood of “dusty dark sweetness”. But as I said, there’s patchouli which makes some sort of difference, while most of other similar scents (the “self-confident middle-class 35/40-something coworker” type of scents) were/are just stuffed with tonka and cedar, this is a bit darker and earthier. Sort of a hybrid between Mugler’s Ice Men and Armani Code, maybe. Getting even more linear and simple on the drydown after a couple of hours. The result isn’t that bad overall, it is in fact quite “masculine”: warm, greyish, kind of dark, rugged at first, a bit heavy and kind of cheap, but it works if you are looking for something stressing your “masculinity” with no frills and no concerns for quality. Everlasting persistence. Completely unworthy the high prices now that it’s discontinued, but back then it was probably the best you could get out of Armani’s line.