I guess I shouldn't be surprised at its quality, considering Aramis, a subsidiary of Estee Lauder, makes it. Mustang is an ultra-smooth, semi-sweet tobacco-based fragrance. I can't say it's particularly unique, because I've smelled a lot of other woody oriental fragrances that are similar and which came before it, such as Canali Man, Memoire d'Homme, and Burberry London. However, few smell as good as Mustang.
I love fragrances which are so well blended that their scents evolve seamlessly, so that you barely even notice that the scent is changing over time. For me, this is a sign of an expertly crafted perfume, and is a difficult effect for a perfumer to achieve. Mustang evolves with such ease from start to finish, while remaining immensely masculine smelling the entire time. The ginger, lavender and lemon in the top notes are surprisingly not harsh, and they segue quietly and seamlessly into the main attraction of Mustang: tobacco and cedar. Like the top notes, the tobacco and cedar are treated in a soft, silky and leathery way, not abrasive or sharp. Mustang maintains this sort of shiny, oily texture from this point to the end, and the effect is extremely masculine. Aramis could have re-named this scent "Love In Pink" and there still would be no doubt that it's a fragrance for men.
The drydown is my favorite part because it develops an aromatic smell. Fir is listed as a note, but I can't smell any fir or evergreen notes at all in Mustang. I'm assuming that the fir was added to the patchouli in the basenotes simply to add to the aromatic quality of the drydown. The amber, along with the remaining tobacco scent, buffs out the rest of the fragrance beautifully.
The only issue I have with Mustang is that it is deceptively strong, and it gives me olfactory fatigue quickly. Because it's so smooth, it's easy to overapply this, thinking it's not that strong. Unfortunately my brain knows this is no weakling, and it often shuts down my ability to smell it after about four hours, even though I've had people tell me they can still smell it strongly on me twelve hours after I sprayed it on. It also projects quite far, so you want to be careful in applying this one.
If you love smooth, leathery tobacco fragrances, there is no reason you should not have a bottle of Mustang in your arsenal, considering how inexpensive it is. This is truly a great scent.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Aramis