I adore Le Labo Patchouli 24, for example. The common wisdom is that it doesn't smell like patchouli, it smells like birch tar. And to add another level of complication, to me it smells like tea.
Art of Shaving Sandalwood is said to smell mostly of eucalyptus. I can't judge, because Art of Shaving Sandalwood is what defined sandalwood for me, but the word comes from authorities that I trust.
I love Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia for the beeswax, and have limited use for it when it does smell like gardenia.
Comme des Garcons Leaves: Tea? Dry cleaning fluid. Yum.
And while Daim Blond does have a little suede, today it's dominated by the apricot pit and fruity heliotrope, and that's just fine.
I like contrariness.