An easygoing oud by Montale where an uncomplicated idea executed right results in a perfume that lifts the spirits and scares no horses. That idea is the coupling of juicy, zesty lemon and lime with a much quieter oud than we are accustomed to from this house. The quality of the citrus here is key: it isn’t fluorescent and screechy, it’s pretty close to nature, yet displaying the sophistication of citrusy classics from the 1960s and 70s. Though it inevitably changes and sweetens over the course of the day, it doesn’t turn harshly chemical as often happens. A sprinkle of pepper bridges the citrus notes with the wood, and the whole thing emerges fully realized and unforced, ready to face the working week rather than just the special occasion.
Projection is somewhat humble after the first hour or so.