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    Default Trainload of Montale sampling

    I am 7 deep into a lot of Montale samples and I am struggling. I already liked Full Incense and so far I also sort of like Red Vetiver and don't hate Greyland (will revisit it). But good grief do Aoud Forest, Aoud Leather, Fougeres Marine and Embruns D'essaouira ever stink! Aoud Leather was my first scrubber in a while. I just couldn't take it.

    Black Aoud has been hit-and-miss for me. Lightly applied I can get some enjoyment out of it alone at home, but I just don't think I could wear it out. I think oud may just not be for me. I still have the following to sample:

    Dark Aoud
    Red Aoud
    White Aoud
    Aoud Velvet
    Aoud Roses Petals
    Wood and Spices
    White Musk
    Black Musk
    Roses Musk
    Fruits of the Musk
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    Patchouli Leaves
    Wood & Spices
    Chocolate Greedy
    Vanille Absolu
    Wild Pears
    Blue Amber
    Mukhallet

    and Soleil de Capri

    Any clear winners in there? Any warnings? Pray for me, it's gonna be a long weekend.

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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    Have all you have already tried and those in your list in large bottles. Standout IMO are: Dark Aoud, Blue Amber, Red Aoud &
    Black Musk. But so many others are great too.

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    Dark Aoud is very good though I found Red Aoud's gourmand qualities to be quite sickly.

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    Most all have been very harsh in the top notes without letting up much an hour in. I know many Montale scents have legendary strength and I wonder if I might not be over-applying.

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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    Given how long some of these persist on the skin, you may need more than the weekend to free up the needed fresh sniffing space !

    Might want to leave Blue Amber 'till the end, is what I mean.


    PS. And yes, it might be worth experimenting with application rates. I have several things that are nice at low rates, but which turn into something different and vile if over-applied.

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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    My favorites from your 'remainder' list:

    Patchouli Leaves
    Blue Amber
    Musk to Musk

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    Dont give up on black aoud. It takes a few wearing to adjust to its stregnth. It doesnt even feel strong to me anymore. But I agree a lighter application is best. It allows the rose to come out.

    Blue amber
    Woods n spices
    Red aoud
    Red vetyver
    Dark aoud
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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    Okay, since initial post I have tried Wood & Spices which garnered a thumbs down, Aoud Roses Petals and Dark Aoud which both were ok enough to garner a revisit, and White Aoud which was too "perfumey" at the top but dries down quite nicely. It is too feminine for me to wear but something I can appreciate.

    Next up, Red Aoud and Aoud Velvet.

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    From the remainder list, Chocolate Greedy which is a nice dry cocoa scent and Patchouli Leaves, a very calming,soothing scent I find

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    Blue Amber is fantastic. Chocolate Greedy would be great for this time of the year and holidays.
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    Try Sweet Oriental Dream. For me it's a winner alongside Blue Amber, patchouli leaves, black aoud, red aoud, red vetiver, dark aoud, taj and vanille absolu
    ... And do me a favor - don't disturb my friend. He's dead tired.

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    I'm wondering if some of these samples aren't tainted. Both Chocolate Greedy and Vanille Absolu are disgustingly sweet blobs. I can't definitively say that I can detect Chocolate or Vanilla in either. That same sickening sweetness has been detectable in a couple of others as well.

    If these are in fact not tainted, then I am very disappointed in these samples overall. There have been a couple of decent ones but as far as being full bottle worthy Full Incense remains my only real contender with Red Vetiver right behind.

    There are still several to go but my expectations are no longer very high.

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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    I'm wondering if some of these samples aren't tainted.
    Sometimes I wonder about the same thing, when it comes to samples. Like perhaps they've not been treated with the respect they deserve before we get them.

    At the same time, there's something about stick-and-daub samples that seems to make it hard to get a real feel for things in the way we might if we were spraying them. You certainly hear people say this, and I don't really know what the problem should be, but I'm getting a sense that it might be true.

    Whatever the case, Montales are known for being "big" which may explain the "blob" aspect that you've noticed. Hard to say if it's an application issue or not, but no one would ever call them shy.

    At the same time, you are being able to pick out a couple that you like, even if you're not hooking up with the love that others feel for certain of them, so I'd say that your efforts have been worthwhile.

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    Montale is a harder brand to "get". Open your mind alittle...you may come to love a lot more of them than you think. But honestly 2-3 montale frags is more than enough from this house. Imo

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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    Black Aoud, White Aoud, and Rose Damascus seem to be the most popular.
    Favorite notes at this point: Sandal wood, Oud, Frankincense, Rose

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    From your list (and my personal favourites) I'd go with Dark Aoud and Black Musk next.

    I would also suggest samples of Aoud Lime, Aoud Musk and maybe Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    More importanly, where did you manage to get so many Montale samples?

    It is the one house that I wish was more readily available. I've sampled Dark Aoud thanks to a fellow poster, but there are so many I want to try, with Blue Amber, Chocolate Greedy, and Red Aoud top of the list!

    Enjoy the sampling!

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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    With Montale samples ESPECIALLY, DON'T DAUB! they need light sprays putting a "glob" of pure fragrance on with the wand or finger won't do justice. Honestly, they smell completely different if you spray. If you spray, stay away from head/neck until you know the strength, they all are projection monsters.

    Dark Aoud is my favorite. I like Louban better than Black Aoud, it is softer, less harsh. My wife owns louban, and it smells wonderful on her. I own Black Aoud and I found by applying it very lightly only to my chest and not my neck, it is fine. Cuir d'Arabie is wonderful also. Montale House for me are either Love or scrub...not much in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyler-durden View Post
    More importanly, where did you manage to get so many Montale samples?
    www.ausliebezumduft.de is the place that most people get Montale samples from. Myself included.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyjreid View Post
    www.ausliebezumduft.de is the place that most people get Montale samples from. Myself included.
    They don't appear to sell samples, except a set of Linari...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyler-durden View Post
    More importanly, where did you manage to get so many Montale samples?
    www.europerfumes.com

    $10US for 7 Montale samples. You don't get to choose the individual samples but as I had only ever tried Full Incense and Black Aoud, I thought it was a great deal and ordered 4 of the 5 sample sets offered.

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    Did you end up liking any others OP? Red Aoud?

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    Default Re: Trainload of Montale sampling

    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Did you end up liking any others OP? Red Aoud?
    Of the ones I have tried so far, I came across a few that qualify at least for a revisit. Red Aoud, Aoud Velvet, Blue Amber, Dark Aoud, White Aoud, Aoud Roses Petals, etc. After reading Possum's advice I am going to have to invest in a ton of plastic atomizers.

    The stink-bombs so far are Embruns D'essaouira, Aoud Forest, Aoud Leather, Fougeres Marine, Wood & Spices, Chocolate Greedy and Vanille Absolu.

    Full Incense is easily my favorite so far. I still have quite a few left to sample but am taking a Montale break and have been sampling other things.

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