While Black Aoud may be the most popular Montale, Intense Cafe is certainly the most hyped of late, and as a gourmand lover, I had high expectations, most of which were met. Intense Cafe is unusually sweet but impressive in that it's not cloying (24 Gold achieves this delicate balance as well).
The composition is mainly a balance of coffee, amber, rose, and vanilla that leans most heavily to vanilla. I found the opening more fruity and floral fresh, with the dry down more a harmonious blend of the notes above. Surely the vanilla is strongest, though, provide its characteristic stable sweetness---nothing over-the-top like cake/frosting, but definitely more to the dessert side, even like vanilla extract
The usual Montale power is there, in terms of above average projection and longevity. I'd highly recommend this for fans of gourmands, vanilla, and rose alike. Intense Cafe is now on my "to buy" list.
8 out of 10
I love the smell of coffee. Intense Café opens with a strong coffee note, and fades away in 5 minutes. Then it turns into a sweet rose with vanilla and amber. I could detect some coffee in the background. It is a very nice gourmand fragrance, and like all Montales, it lasts and lasts. I like it very much.
MONTALE fragrances oozes creativity and contemporary class with a obvious power just like this one.INTENSE CAFE truly is a new favorite.surprisingly pleasing and deliciously addictve.it is an amalgam which comforts and unsettles during autumn and winter evenings when the mood calls for fairy tales.the coffe is not as obvious as something like AVA LUXE CAFE NOIR but truly this is a lovely perfume with a perfect balance. Irresistible,Delicious, Charming, Sweet,Modern,Elegant and Chic.
It starts beautifully with rose and coffe.oud has a nice touch and amber is helping add sweetness with the vanilla as if this maches well with your skin,it is exceptional.coffe makes me want to smell it for a long time.the scent is sweet and vnillic but not heavy and cloying.this lovely scent is suitble for any time,day or night and for any event especially perfect for a night out with your lover when you need an scent that will warm your heart when you walk with her.try it you will love it.
Longevity?About 8 hours on my skin.
I really like bitter coffee's smell in fragrances. considering the name, I said OK, Intense coffee along with rose? if coffee is the dominating note as the name says and rose is more as a supporting note that shouldn't be a problem because I hate rose! but the truth about this fragrance is something else. a fragrance based and dominated completely by sweet rose is what you will get out of this fragrance.
The opening is a sweet vanilla scent mixed with rose and a little fresh floral notes and noticeable amount of patchouli that gives the scent a damp and a little pungent aroma. where is coffee here? you tell me! it's a completely feminine scent. nothing masculine at all. not even one percent!
As time passes I'm getting exactly the same smell. sweet vanilla and rose and some patchouli and this is where coffee shows up. a weak and completely in the background coffee note that gives the scent slightly bitter aroma but it doesn't have a chance against vanilla and rose. the scent is still quite feminine to my nose.
Projection is strong as always and longevity is around 7-8 hours on my skin. it's a good scent for ladies that like rose in their fragrance but guys ...... STAY AWAY!
powerful concoction which should have been named "biscottino" or "chocolate chip cooky", powerhouse of a gourmand, is actually an oddball more on the masculine side..Ladies swoon over it!
I've been trying to get hold of a sample of this scent here in the UK ever since I first heard about this new Montale release and only recently managed to get hold of a sample.
The opening is definitely floral, strong, potentially medicinal and yet this is FINALLY a scent by Montale where oud is not the main focus of the evening. There is meant to be coffee in this scent according to its name, but the coffee is too creamy to describe as 'black coffee' and has too much vanilla to call it anything but a vanilla milk-shake note. It definitely smells of a standard high street coffee chain producing vanilla latte's and sweet pastries, but this is not your classic dark, black coffee.
Now onto the rose. If it is anything near enough to rose, this is a very dirty rose, quite un-feminine I might add and rather badly done. It's definitely there. It blends with the sweetness of the vanilla and the other notes there (perhaps a bit of patchouli), but this is a fragrance that to my note can only be described as organised chaos. The notes do not follow through to each other smoothly, often clashing with each other on the way to total olfactory domination.
One description of this scent was that it smells like Greek Orthodox incense on Easter Sunday, known as 'thymiama'. The description isn't far off, but it isn't quite that to my nose. The incense in question has a much purer rose scent and even though that is burnt on a censer, the smell is much more pleasant.
All in all, Intense Cafe is yet another disappointing scent from Montale, with very little to offer the fragrance world, given that I can get superb rose scents out there (Amouage Homage Attar) and scents with perfect coffee notes (Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's Eau des Iles & Santal Noble).