teardrop, you beat me to it! Our January sample thread - let's get going
Last night I sampled Montale White Aoud, and it was my first Montale and also one of the first oud prominent frags that I have tried.
I applied a dab or two from the vial, and that is all, but I was immediately aware of the pleasant smell around me. I did get a medicinal or sharp smell at first, which is the oud coming out forefront, but it was not unpleasant at all. Very quickly I noticed a soft rose emerging, almost a pink rose at first but then becoming darker and more brooding, spiced with the saffron. This rose lay over the base of oud and soft, slighlty powdery amber and/or vanilla. Lovely!!! It was similar in feel to Safran Troublant at this point, although maybe a little dirtier, in a good way
This was a great introduction to oud, and I think probably a fairly feminine take on the rose/oud combo. It is slightly powdery and slightly creamy, but the rose note is lovely, as is the saffron dusting.
This one has excellent longevity, and is quite powerful.