Friday, December 31, 2010
Oud Cuir d'Arabie by Montale
Don't get me wrong......I'm not a Montale hater. I've sampled quite a few and reviewed even less than I sampled. The fact is I'm simply not an Aoud person. That particular note is just too permeating for my sensibilities. I deliberately go into sampling everything I review with optimism; regardless of past experiences. I have found only a few ( literally) that work for me......kind of.......
Within one minute of application, I was astounded that I found Oud Cuir d'Arabie very simplistic and very, very good. The opening is bombastic, but very quickly subsides into an obvious leather with a woody undercurrent . This is a leather rendition I can get along with and the oud is seemingly of a different species than what I normally attribute to the Montale line. I also get either ambergris or a facsimile after 10 minutes wafting around in there. This is the entire progression on my skin and the accord has a bite to it that rocks.
The longevity might not be nuclear like other notables from this house, but it still is better than most other houses for staying power. Hours later, that same accord is going at a lower volume and the "bite" is still present. Most important, the leather remains at the front of the line until the death knell sounds.
Finally.........a Montale that Aromi can add to his drobe and actually wear it !!! Will wonders ever cease.....Thumbs up for Montale's Oud Cuir d'Arabie.