I used to wear Mysore Sandalwood Oil in the early 70s - nice stuff imported from India. In the 80s I discovered Crabtree & Evelyn Original Mysore EDT which I used and loved for a while till it was reformulated and became sweeter and cloying. I didn't know at the time that this was due to the dwindling supply of real Mysore, which has affected the whole industry.
I started looking around a year ago for a good Sandalwood and have MPG Santal Noble, Villoresi Sandalo and also Etro Sandalo. These are nice blends but didn't really do it for me - something missing - and the search went on. Tam Dao is nice but a long way from the sandalwood I know and remember, didn't warrant buying IMO, and a few others I have come across are not even close.
I got in touch with profumo.it and ordered the 50 ml Mysore 'straight up' with alcohol and M. Dubrano was kind enough to include a vial of the pure Mysore Oil and also a vial of the Australian Sandalwood Oil so I could compare them in the raw. I was intrigued to have this opportunity because it seems pretty well everyone relies on the Oz version these days. The Mysore is the Sandalwood of my late teens and early 20s - the Australian just seems a bit off by comparison, understandably useful in a blended scent but on its own a bit lacklustre. It seems a shame that a lot of people now will probably have not ever actually experienced real Mysore Sandalwood . . . I'm grateful to have the 50 ml because it seems this will soon be impossible to find, but I still enjoy the MPG as a work that includes sandalwood as its main calling card. Haven't tried the Montale so sorry I can't compare. scentsitivity, but thought I'd drop this in - altho h.d pretty well covered the main thrust of it all already