I have this cologne for two years now, I remember I came across it and its brother Rich/Warm/Addictive an evening I was visiting ZARA store, the clerk was arranging those new releases on the shelf... He wasn't aware of how they did smell like and so we tested them together. Right of the bat, I/D/E was the one that impressed me most, yet R/W/A had that gourmand vibe that attracted me, so I bought both... and I fell in love with 'em.
Confronted with R/W/A, this one has the coolest, smoothest, and leathery tobacco leaves you ever smelt. A fruity fresh start, an aromatic heart, with tobacco, antiqued leather and silky suede blend in the drydown.
To begin with, I/D/E is classified as an aromatic oriental scent featuring notes of bergamot, apple, black pepper, mint, basil, tobacco, cashmere wood, and tonka bean, it got its name since it is an intense, warm, and elegant fragrance, with resinous, leathery, spicy, and woody accords. It is supposed to be for men, anyway, it could also be worn by women that appreciate it.
Initial spray is a little sharp, it starts off with a blast of apple and pepper, fruity and spicy, and a whiff of bergamot that lingers in the background. The opening has fruity and spicy touches from the green apple and black pepper which lead to the minty and balsamic heart. It's really vigorous with its boozy vibe, I do get a vodka-like note topped with a spritz of citrus and a bit of sugar syrup... Yet the strong alcoholic smell fades away pretty quick.
The heart has green, aromatic, and minty scented tones. The basil and mint notes appear after a while, and I get a metallic-like vibe that reminds me of Pure Havane, which hide an essence of warm, pleasant and cool feelings.
Slowly the deeply sweet and woody dry down introduces the warm tonka beans, which takes over, turning down the volume and warming up the atmosphere. The sweetness is enhanced by the impression of tobacco leaves, cashmere wood, and leather. Yes, I know it's not a listed note, but that's what I smell, the scent that does come across as quite dark. From there the scent is fairly linear, staying closer and closer to the skin as the time progress. I don't really mind that it does not seem to have a pronounced tobacco note. Notwithstanding, the tonka bean, mint, and bergamot combine for a deep scent that is dark, sweet and surprisingly fresh.
Projects great in the first 3 - 4 hours and then lasts closer to the skin up to 10h. Longevity is impressive, especially at this price point. I can still detect the scent after 6 - 8 hours, even the morning after if I press my nose onto the wrist and breath gently to warm the skin I feel it lingering around my nose. For this price, I think Intense-Dark-Exclusive is an absolute steal. I found this I/D/E is a sweet energetic tobacco scent that has a seductive vibe. I might say this fragrance is pretty different from the RWA because of its more fresh, masculine, and woody. Harsh opening in the first time but after a few minutes, it turns to be a calming sweet tobacco scent. It's just beautiful and not like a cheap fragrance at all. It is better to be used in cold seasons and is highly recommended for Tobacco scent collectors. Not for office or first dates, a night out and clubbing scent.