Disclaimer: I am a complete noob when it comes to judging fragrance.
Today I stopped by a big departmental store and tried all the Truefitt & Hill colognes. As soon as I smelled them (both from the bottle and by spraying on my hands), to my surprise I did not like any of them except the 1805. I went there specifically for the Grafton and Trafalgar which are highly regarded here and in many forums. But unfortunately I did not like them at all. (The 1805 at first I did not like but after a while my hands smelled amazing. I had applied it on my cheek as well and after about 5-10mins I loved the fragrance. Even my wife loved it after I came home.)
Unfortunately I had the same bad experience with Penhaligon's Blenheim. The Sartorial & Acqua di Parma were much better smelling for me.
So my question is - Is there a time period for the fragrance of these colognes to develop? Is it because these are very concentrated that I did not like their smell in immediately after sniffing from the bottle? Or am I just impotent to good colognes?
On a side note: if there are any fragrance experts here, do you see a pattern in my liking of scents, i.e., would you be able to determine what type of fragrances would i tend to like based on my likings?