My large vintage 4oz bottle arrived last fall. I paid under $20 USDs! This is amazing in every way. It is really a different fragrance from the current EA version, which is a pale echo of the original. To reproduce its original formula would be astronomically expensive. This is high end niche quality!!!
To begin, the juice is darker. It offers a twist off cap for the spray or splash option. That leaves you two different openings-spraying releases aldehydes and oakmoss, giving it a projection like no other. It doesnt just fill a room, yet my entire house is more like it. In todays world, a tiny dab from the bottle is all you need. The fruity notes are peachy dried apricots. Most men today may find it feminine(Aromatic Elixer), not in a unisex way. Its not, really. Its just from another time.
Then comes the heart that is priceless-very green PATCHOLI(you must enjoy this note or else) that shares the stage with a lot of oakmoss(my favorite note of all!), honeyed rose(tiny white ones that just break your heart), cinnamon and real sandalwood. The duration is 24 hours or more. Yes, there is some vetiver in here. The iris gives it some powder. The cedar amber notes are very sturdy. The vanilla is dark, like a Guerlain vanilla. This is my pick for Mitsouko for men.
Its an elegant chypre more than anything, as it takes its time to unfold all of those rich dry notes. Strangely, its not sexy(no civet or skanky musk), just an openly flirty attention grabber. Just give it lots of space/time to roam. Fragrance in the modern age doesnt have the time for a chypre. Indeed, it is a class that has left the market, perhaps forever. I have been writing this review for several hours, savoring every nuance.
Its a clean green Rodeo Drive Rolls Royce. Fendi Uomo later added black leather and more darkeness, a black Farrari racing around the Amalfi coast. Thats the closest thing I can compare it to. Both are superb.
For those of us who experienced it then, it is quite dated-wine coolers, moussed hair, Miami Vice, sunglasses at night, 80 tuxedos with real diamond cuff links. 24 years later, I find it everything I STILL love. Nothing can ever really compare to Giorgio for men. American culture had reached its peak as far as fragrance was concerned. OOP, its now just a fading memory for most...
Oh, sorry, I had to toss out my EA Fragrance bottle. Its worthless compared to this magnificent original.