A pleasant surprise. The apple and rhubarb notes add some tartness up front while steering clear of fruity territory. The heart and base notes are blended harmoniously so as to be warm and just slightly sweet without going gourmand, amber, or blatantly synthetic wood and leather. Neither aggressively modern nor self-consciously retro, l'Art de la Guerre has an old-school vibe without smelling old. FB-worthy.
For me it evokes a medieval castle, a room in which the generals gather to plan in avoiding a fight, how to win the war by diplomacy.
Sophistication clad in leather and chain mail, with books on the wall as well as the polished sword collection.
I bought my own bottle.
Slightly medicinal apple and rhubarb.
More wearable but less characterful version of Hinoki by CdG.
Not offensive but nothing to write home about either.
I may wear Hinoki for fun but this is not worth bothering with.