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    gimmegreen's avatar

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    Oud by Robert Piguet

    An ‘almost but not quite’ kind of scent that has glimpses of greatness but doesn’t get close enough to realizing them. This seems to be a problem with quite a few of the new Piguets when measured against the stature of the first reformulated releases.
    To elaborate: there’s a brief burst of something green and perhaps even a bit of aldehydic fizz which is an unusual treatment for an oud theme; the oud itself is quite subdued, purring softly in a corner rather than emerging from the lavatory or ripping off its shirt in a clumsy come on; there are sweet balsamic elements. Something sophisticated is being attempted here but the results don't quite gel. Once the drydown is established one is left with a curious sweet and medicinal/plasticine smell – perhaps this is the band-aid scent which some people complain about in ouds but which I had never encountered before.
    Great longevity and reach, now if only the juice excited me a bit more.

    14 December, 2012