While Montale Amber & Spices does include its eponymous notes, my experience of it is far more dominated by a powdery leathery mix, maybe animalic from the cumin and bitter due to the oud. The only warming and endearing saving grace of the fragrance is the rose, which makes the blend slightly prettier.
I'd argue that the first word of the fragrance name being "amber" is a bit misleading, as this does not strike me as an amber fragrance at all, but rather one in which amber simply stands in the background, the base. Nor is it all that spicy. It's an odd blend perhaps simply in need of another name for clarity's sake, but after, that's what sites like this are for.
Amber & Spices also features the brand's signature strong performance as far as both projection and longevity. However, it lacks an interesting character. It's not bad, but rather missing something that would make it good.
6 out of 10
And again that rotting corpse blasting opening. Which then evolves in a slightly medicinal accord. Globally a bit creepy but fascinating. At least that kept Montale away from oud for a while. An intense scent, not my cup of tea but fairly (fairly) well-made.
10th March, 2014 (last edited: 16th April, 2014)
Amber & Spices by Montale should be called Amber, Spices, and OUD—oh my! This is one raunchy amber composition with dirty oud, caraway (?), and lovely, yet subtle rose. I think that cumin is a note because there is something about this fragrance that reminds me of sweaty man parts dipped in amber. So, to answer the question posed by a previous reviewer, I think this fragrance is more suitable for a man, but I could appreciate it on a woman too. ;)
Decent longevity and projection
4/5 Pure aphrodisiac ;)
Opens a little dirty and woody, then calms down to a woody-sweety smell. In the drydown it does smells like Aoud Lime. I actually dont smell amber.
It reminds me a bit the new Dark Aoud with its tarry, postindustrial, metallurgical, resinous sharpness, the dry woods, the pungency of spices and the slight hint of final amber. The Dark Aoud is certainly, starker, sharper, more autoritative and dreadful despite this one is not a tamed beast. The almost gassy barely perceivable starting is produced by the effect of the listed cumin, an hint of mildness is made of spices and amber while the rose is just soft and taming. The aoud is the dominant note and all the rest is surrounding. One of the harder Montale in my opinion. The longevity is ostensibly less powerful than usual for this kind of fragrances.
Really, I do not understand why Montale called this fragrance "Amber & Spices", as it clearly seems to be rather an aoud one, as it stands as the main note in it.
Though, I can say that the usual medicamental scent of oud has been "rounded off" by precious woods and delicately heated by spices and an additional softening has been probably due to the amber presence, even if it is not clearly defined.
Anyway, I like it as a further example of Montale's aoud interpretation.