...has nothing to do with this fragrance in itself, but I find the two similar in the expectations that are placed on them. The expectations of both are also aroused by the flacons, I think. De Marly has some fragrances in transparent flacons (Darley, Lippizan etc) which fly under the radar just because of the inconspicuous flacon. This red Kalan bottle, as well as the Viking's red signposted bottle, are more likely to attract attention. The Viking is always measured at the Aventus which is actually bullshit. When he appeared the rating was desolate. Meanwhile, the ratings are going up more and more. Right in my eyes. For me, Viking is a uniquely good fragrance that simply takes time. For me personally, the Kalan is the same. I see a great resemblance to Dior Dune, but a little stronger and more individual. He smells a little scratchy and dusty - hard for me to explain. First I read the ratings here and what 0/8/15-estimates expect what you have already smelled 100x similar but far missed. For me the Kalan is a must have and I don't find this new release disappointing.