Having read a lot of reviews of No. 2 before smelling it, I was expecting a squeaky clean, scrubbed down, pearly white scent, something like Lacoste's first men's fragrance, released in 1984 and now called Lacoste Original. However, I don't smell anything like that. What I smell is a strong, bitter citrus perfume with undertones of wood and incense, and an underlying smell of fermenting fruit. It's a brilliant example of contrasting smells blending together into a seamless whole: a clean but harsh smell similar to disinfectant or tile cleaner, combined with the overripe, almost urine-like smell of rotting lemons and limes. I know that sounds awful, but it's a smell that works, and is much better than the sum of its parts.
Number 2's scent clearly reveals its 1976 birth year, and comparisons to Moustache and YSL Pour Homme are no-brainers. However, for me the most accurate description of how Etienne Aigner No. 2 smells is this: Kouros without the honey. Kouros is one of my favorite fragrances so I especially like that comparison.
Bold, masculine and old-school to the core, Aigner No. 2 is a mandatory purchase for any man who loves old-guard French masculines. It's the next up on my "to buy" list.
MY RATING: 9.5/10
Fragrance House: Etienne Aigner