Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey
none of the hardcore haters wanna weigh in?
Since you're clearly dying for a response I'll give you one.
This doesn't really affect me since I never bought into the Montale thing in the first place, mainly since I am not a big lover of oud in the first place which is a major constituent in their fragrance line.
I had noted that there were growing voices of skepticism in the Basenotes community in recent months, but as Montale threads are not all over Basenotes like a rash every day, unlike a certain other house with a dubious history, again, it really passed me by.
I feel kind of sorry for those who really bought into the Montale mystique - particularly at the greatly inflated prices you would be expected to pay for their products.
But, at the end of the day, if you enjoy the products then your feeling of satisfaction is directly related to how much you would be willing to pay for the fragrance you enjoy.
I think all this is a shame to be honest, because it doesn't reflect well on the fragrance industry as a whole.
And for the record, Puddlemonkey, one of my favourite houses is Penhaligon's, yet I have castigated them recently for Juniper Sling which I think is over-priced and has mayfly-like longevity and secondly for their Anthology release of Eau Sans Pareil which is supposed to be a re-release but is in fact nothing at all like the original, which to my mind is a shady practice and a misrepresentation. I tell it like I see it, and as I have always said, you are free to agree or disagree with my views.