Well, the way I take the comments about 'department store colognes', is not about quality so much as about how common they are, and the 'type' of scents they offer. The main theme of this board when approaching colognes is to favour the off-beat and unusual (and often old-fashioned, or at least vintage) colognes over the flavour of the month popular colognes. Rusirius picked up on that in his post just now.
The colognes you listed are all quality items. As far as I can tell, they are also relatively modern and widely-avaiable (I'm trying to avoid saying 'common', but ...). Now, personally I'm a big fan of Burberry Brit ... but I like my Penhaligon's too.
The 'canned foam equivalent'? Well, that's the cheaper colognes that stores stock on shelves, rather than behind glass counters ... but yes you ARE missing out on something too ... not 'better' colognes but 'different'. Some guys here will argue that the difference makes them better, but that's maybe confusing objective quality with subjective preference.
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