Angela is a genius, so I feel guilty about negative reviews, but I just don't care for this one. It sounded intriguing, and I felt LittleBird's review was a great sign, but when I smelled it something made me queasy. I can only describe it like this:
Imagine taking a walk through a medium-growth forest. It's overcast. You are ambling along, feeling your arms swing limply along your sides, walking with your nose high in the air. You are maintaining a generous swayback posture, fancying yourself a misshapen Bigfoot-like creature but shorter. You get this irresistible urge to shove your nose into a pile of dirt underneath a pine tree, a pile filled with half-grown/half-dead mushrooms. You succumb to the urge, flopping down on your hands and knees. You notice in passing that you are growling and waving your head about wildly. You plunge in, knowing full well you have no business being down there, and your back feels strained from carrying yourself so awkwardly for the last mile. You just keep rooting around in that pile of detritus, getting little bits of fuzzy spores in your nostrils that you know are definitely not from the animal or plant kingdoms because they look too creepy even for the fairies of FernGully.
You hear a branch crack behind you, and you snap your head up in alarm. You don't want to turn around and find yourself face-to-face with a wolf or something, so you just sit there with dirt and fungus all over your nose and inside your nostrils, all the while imagining how frumpy your butt looks to the sharp-toothed carnivore behind you. You finally get the courage to turn around, and hey, you are happy to find that there is nothing there. Probably a squirrel knocked a branch down or something.
Yeah. It's kinda like that.
I gave it a couple weeks and tried again, yet still I couldn't enjoy it. Maybe you have to wait even longer for it to attain illustriousness? I don't get any cola vibe that LittleBird describes. There is some dark chocolate. I gave it to my brother with a pack of other Solstice Scents samples. When I asked him what he thought, he said he liked a bunch, but couldn't stand Pinyon Truffle. I think I accidentally put Maplewood Inn and Winslow's in with that pack. I say accidentally because I want them back.
For a reference of whether your nasal inhalatory preferences are similar to mine, my favorite solstice scents are Old Havana, Vanilla Pipe Tobacco, White Fox, Owlcreek Aleworks, Camp Willow, Foxcroft Fairgrounds, High Desert, and High Noon. My least favorite are Pinyon Truffle, Sacred Vow, and Devil's Tongue.