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    Default Montale Sliver Aoud...Overlooked/Underrated?

    I haven't sampled greatly from Montale's considerable offerings, but I have worn Sliver Aoud for a while now, and quite like it. It appears to me, to be sadly overlooked. I bring this up now, because I've just sampled two of his most revered (around here, anyway) frags, and here's what I get:

    Black Aoud: If you like rose and aoud...but mainly rose...you'll like this! I don't, so it doesn't work for me. I'll try it again at some point, but I just don't care for rose, and doubt that will change. Reeks of quality, but not for me.

    Red Aoud: To me, this is the converse of most frags: I loved the initial blast, but it quickly turned into a vanilla/cocoa/wooden mess. I can get along with gourmands, but this is just confounding. The longer I wear it, the less I like it. I'll at least hold onto it for a second try.

    So this gets me back to my old Sliver Aoud. It has received almost no attention, and what it did receive was pretty neutral. I expected to be blown away by its two popular siblings, and to learn what the house of Montale is really about. What I found, though, is that Sliver Aoud is both more compelling and more wearable than Red and Black.

    It begins with a hit of lime and herbs, and gradually dries down to a warm, woody incense base. It's sillage isn't as radical as Black Aoud, but it's still good, and it lasts a long time. This is one that will simmer on you all day when applied to the chest/stomach.

    So there's my scotch-fueled observations for this Friday evening. Anyone else a fan of Montale's redheaded stepchild, the obviously misspelled Sliver Aoud?

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    Default Re: Montale Sliver Aoud...Overlooked/Underrated?

    I have this and love how the cedar and vetiver notes mix with the tonka. The aoud isn't as prominent as in some of there other offerings.

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    Default Re: Montale Sliver Aoud...Overlooked/Underrated?

    Thanks, next one on the evergrowing sample list.

    @Hednic. How strong and how characteristic is the vetiver, please? I dont really like the dry, dusty kind. I E Guerlains, no thanks. VE, okay. Infusion d'Vetiver, yes please. Is it up my alley?
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    Default Re: Montale Sliver Aoud...Overlooked/Underrated?

    Not bad smelling at all, but it has to my nose such a synthetic vibe, that I wouldn't buy it.

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    Default Re: Montale Sliver Aoud...Overlooked/Underrated?

    So I got around to sampling the rest of my Montale samples:

    White Aoud: Simply a cleaned-up black aoud. Still primarily a rose floral with oud, but with a sweeter, vanilla based drydown. Oddly, I catch more rose in the sillage than up close. Not something I'd wear.

    Red Vetyver: This is in the vein of Terre de Hermes...herbs, vetiver, and Iso E Super. Very nice, but it's been done. I own Bang, which fills the same niche, but with pepper in place of the greener, herbal notes.

    Wild Aoud: Now we're getting somewhere! This is what I've been looking for...an aoud that can be worn for almost every occasion. Wears like a moderately fresh fougere, with an aoud base. I'll be buying a bottle of this soon.

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    Default Re: Montale Sliver Aoud...Overlooked/Underrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Homme View Post
    So I got around to sampling the rest of my Montale samples:


    Wild Aoud: Now we're getting somewhere! This is what I've been looking for...an aoud that can be worn for almost every occasion. Wears like a moderately fresh fougere, with an aoud base. I'll be buying a bottle of this soon.

    Wore this as my SotE last night for my blues gig, and been watching a recording of the Aussie open this morning so I haven't showered yet and my t-shirt still smells like I just applied it. Not only a great scent but longevity is A+++.
    TOP 5
    1. Montale Wild Aoud
    2. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    3. Montale Red Vetyver
    4. Montale Aoud Lime
    5. Le Labo Vetiver 46

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