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Since it’s an aoud, the opening takes getting used to. With this particular fragrance, though, it is well worth the effort. The rose note that develops is, as others have said, dark, rich, and luscious—it’s my second favorite rose note in the fragrance world; my favorite is the rose note in Montale’s Aoud Damascus . The rose in Black Aoud reminds me considerably of Czech and Speake’s No. 88, but I like this better—it is opulent without being overbearing; its depth seduces the passions, but it never overwhelms and suffocates. To me this is a less complicated, more refined, and more wearable rose scent than No. 88. My opinion of aouds in general is still on hold, but Montales’s Black Aoud is spectacular.
04 December, 2006