Aoud Musk is another interesting offering from Montale, but I can't say I enjoy it as much as the others I've tried (Red Aoud, Black Aoud, Blue Amber), mainly since the musk and oud take over a little too much to make this a great blend. It leans earthier without a sweet note to balance it out.
Fans who enjoy aoud, musk, and amber will certainly find this interesting. With the amber and potentially the ebony wood as the only sources of sweetness, it leans unisex and not in the way that I'm accustomed to (with floral or sweet notes). Perhaps this takes more getting used to, or perhaps the oud/musk pairing isn't for me, but while this is good and the oud Montale DNA is present, it simply doesn't come off as pleasant and refined.
Similarly strong on projection and longevity, and worth trying if you like the other Montale Aoud entries, or like the concept of an oud/musk blend.
6 out of 10
Aoud Musk is another remarkable release from the mysterious house of Montale. Montale is infamous for being harsh and relentless in both their fragrances and the number of releases. Confronting the full (or, what seems to be the full) line up at once can be daunting. Aoud Musk is a great one among those numbers. It is constructed around the two notes of oud and musk. It opens on the skin with the typical Montale medicinal vibe; the musk is neither too clean nor too skanky, and the oud is prominent but not overwhelming. The medicinal tone increases a bit as the fragrance moves to its heart phase, but dies down towards the end. The musk, now soft, is the principal theme with a hint of fruity sweetness about it.
I can't think of many other good fragrances at the intersection of oud and musk. And this is a very good one.
Woohoo this is so turbo, one could knock oneself senseless with a spray too many. It’s the Kaa of Montale ouds, going ‘Trust in meee, jussst in meee...’; it could swallow you whole.
But, hey, live a little dangerously and you’ll have quite a ride.
The first hurrah is a volley of air freshener musks paired with quite a sweet yet peaty oud, it has an almost choking humidity about it, like true wood rot. This rests on a haystack of intense synthetic saffron, which bears some slight resemblance to the natural product but can’t quite achieve its warmth or bitter-sweet sophistication. The combination is utterly chemical but also hypnotic and disorientating.
Musk Aoud is loud and brash, and yet it works. Maybe not quite as well as some of my favourite Montales, but it’s well worth a visit if, for you, excess is a thrill.
Brutal punch of acrid, medicinal oud with earthy/musky/woody undertones that softens a bit to reveal a softer side with saffron, gentle spices and a warm touch of amber. A bit of a rainbow over the desolation, as compared to Dark Oud, which never leaves the dungeon.
Like many Montales it begins with a ungodly blast of medicinal oud. This one in particular comes across as an already-bold dude in leather who has also happened upon some testosterone syringes (yep, it's masculine).
Where Dark Aoud went astray with too much band aid and muddled spices this one smooths out and sweetens up a bit overtime with the help of the help of the musk and saffron. The dark woodiness is always present. This one is awesome and it performs like most Montales, need I say more?