I probably would have loved this scent, I even anticipated as much because I bought the butter as well, but the BOGO on oil deal gave me an option to try an alternative. I picked the strategist and put toe to toe I have to pick the Strategist as my favored scent.
Don't get me wrong, The Gunslinger is top notch! I didn't want anything too floral or light, there's plenty of colognes out there that can give you a clean, crisp smell. I wanted something deep, almost dark. Something manly. Something that'll make my early beard evoke feelings of a fuller beard. This scent is spot on. No single component is overpowering, they blend well and you can still pick out hints of each one.
What I didn't realize was the same subtleties that make this a winner carry over so well in The Strategist. Tested on my 4 year olds (sniff test only since neither my son or daughter have enough facial hair for a proper test), both like this scent, but the Strategist evoked three "Mmmmm!"s (once from daughter, two separate times from my son).
I start my morning with the oil and the butter. The butter arrived slightly melted (not surprising in this heat), but other than the initial gritty feel, it's totally fine once body heat melts it a little and brushes in without a trace. Beard is noticably softer and the butter helps keep some direction with a drastic drop in the amount of hair sticking out in random directions (beard is only about 1.5 months old, long enough for a beard brush, not long enough to require a comb). The hair lays close to my cheeks and that helps it appear fuller.
A solid 5 stars. I'll be trying more scents for sure once I get through a bit more of my current supply.