I want to give Mustang Blue a higher rating because it's a solidly made, no-frills, totally unpretentious fragrance that smells good. The big problem, however, is that there is nothing about Mustang Blue that stands out, and it gets a few demerits because of its total lack of originality.
Though I do like it, Mustang Blue is a generic modern woody spicy scent, like a hundred others you've already smelled. The world doesn't need anymore of these fragrances. It starts off with the usual big sharp citrus blast, then spicy and woody notes in the middle, and drying down to a pleasant sharp cedarwood and musk finish. Tell me you've never smelled anything else like that before. I wouldn't call it a boring fragrance, but it's not exactly exciting either.
I do like the drydown, even if it is generic. Its woodiness blended with light musk gives it an enjoyably clean and aromatic smell. Again, nothing you haven't smelled before, but it does smell good and is comfortable to wear.
Other good qualities are that it's pretty well balanced, it's a fairly complex scent, it has no aquatic notes, and it smells like it's made primarily of natural materials. It also has very good sillage and longevity.
If you already own other woody spicy fragrances like Aqua Quorum, Oxygene For Men or Essenza di Zegna, you won't need to get this, unless you find it for dirt cheap. You won't necessarily regret buying Mustang Blue, but you won't be doing victory laps over it either.
MY RATING: 7/10
Fragrance House: Estee Lauder/Aramis