Clary Sage Oil is a colorless to pale yellow or pale olive-colored liquid, sweet-herbaceous, tenacious in odor, soft and somewhat reminiscent of ambra in its bitter-sweet undertone. Apart from the initial linalylacetate—linalool notes, there is a very characteristic note in the odor of clary sage oil. The note remains in the dryout odor on a perfume blotter. Some perfumers describe it as tobacco-like, others as balsamic or tea-like. It also has something in common with the odor of Cistus Oil and Moroccan Chamomile.
Arctander, Steffen . Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin (pp. 658-659).