I used to dislike vetiver quit a bit, owning only a vintage L'Occitane bottle for several years. During my exploration I tried the ribbed Guerlain bottle several times and wondered what the hubbub was all about, and so I retried it the other day when I saw the "old fashioned" bottle and knew that the scent was different and was finally a scent that filled a niche I was looking for (The Different Company Sel de Vetiver was not as arresting when price was considered). My "gateway" vetiver, though, was Sycomore - after smelling this everything clicked. I think Jean Claude Ellena actually did a very good job with Vetiver Tonka - Hermes gives quite generous testers but not really good for application, so I decanted it into a purloined tester atomizer I got from Nordstrom and really discovered how pretty it is. Soon . . .
I finally sniffed Sycomore at my local Chanel boutique a few months back... I saw why so many like it. Definitely good juice and I could see myself owning some. Maybe next time there is a split...
Another to try would be the old givenchy vetyver... it's harder to find and coveted by those who have it (unfortunately I don't!) .
Overall, for me, the weird, dry pizza-doughy aspect of the Malle was hard to beat (ignoring $$$)