I used to own Black Aoud, Aoud Lime, Aoud Queen Roses and Aoud Flowers before I grew sick and tired of oud fragrances. I also found Red Aoud too cloying but think that Royal Aoud and Attar are also worth investigating.
I only own Blue Amber and Sweet Oriental Dream now.
I just purchased DARK AOUD last night...my first Montale. This morning I am wondering if I made a mistake "it's heavy" but something kept making me sniff my sample over and over again.
Never cared for Black Aoud.
Do like Dark Aoud very much.
Full Incense is easily my favorite and Red Vetyver is the runner up. Of the rest of the roughly 30 samples I tried some were boring, and many more were just plain bad. I really don't "get" their Aouds in general. Full Incense is, to this point, the only one I would consider for a full bottle.
Way too many disappointing frags in this range. I actually like a very few of them expecially considering the huge amount of fragrances they released so far but, my prize for the worst fragrance they delivered goes to Wood and Spices. This stuff is offensive
I have one sample from Montale - Cuir d'Arabie. Loathed it at first. I thought it stank. Then after months I tried it again and found myself disliking but wanting to try it every now and then. Now I love it!
I have rejected most Montale's by sniffing them at the store. I just ordered a boat load of Montale samples so I can sample over a period of time and really see if I like or dislike it. Hope I am not disappointed.