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    Default Montale "Middle East" new releases and thoughts

    So i went today to initially buy Aoud Heritage, but i ended up trying most of the new releases of the "other" middle eastern Montale, and i have to say that i was really impressed. There wasn't a single one of those new releases that i didn't like (or even love).

    Here's what i tried from the new releases :

    - Aoud Mayyas: Mouthwatering orange and cedar. Absolutely beautiful. Think of it as a much better constructed Chanel Allure Homme sport.

    - Aoud Samarkand : An addictive combo of Lemon, Musk and Geranium. I couldn't stop sniffing my arm.

    - Aoud & Pine : Red apple, pepper, rose, neroli, lily of the valley, pine, aoud, amber, vetiver, musk

    - Mr Aoud :
    Very nice soft oriental and smells very unique

    - Aoud Legacy
    : Citron, Nutmeg, Saffron.

    - Aoud Heritage : Deer Musk, Ambergris, Vanilla

    - Aoud Fever : Mandarin Orange, Jasmine, Amber, Vanilla

    Please note that the notes description are not my own nose's perception, but the actual notes of the scent, as i asked the SA to show me the notes.




















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    Where can these be purchased? I am really interested in Oud & Pine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Picasso View Post
    Where can these be purchased? I am really interested in Oud & Pine.
    As far as i know, they are middle east exclusives.

    They are made by this Montale : http://www.montale-international.com

    Unfortunately, nothing on that website works !
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    Thanks for the info., tdwctdwc - Samarkand sounds interesting!

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    The Aoud Samarkand sounds pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Thanks for the info., tdwctdwc - Samarkand sounds interesting!
    No problem lpp, yes Smarkand is just what i felt was missing from my rotation (maybe that's why i favorited it). But regardless, it does smell wonderful.
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    Man I wish I could get my hands on some of these. Would be nice to know someone over there that could buy them and ship them to the states.

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    Thanks tdwctdwc for the info and the great pics. Now aside from Aoud Heritage, I have Aoud Samarkand and Aoud Mayyas to look forward to in the future. They sound great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Thanks tdwctdwc for the info and the great pics. Now aside from Aoud Heritage, I have Aoud Samarkand and Aoud Mayyas to look forward to in the future. They sound great.

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    Come to think of it, now I understand the strange e-mail message I got from The Paris Gallery in Dubai when I had inquired about the "new Montales" in green bottles. They told me it was called "Summerkind & Heritage" but hadn't launched yet in their shop. Obviously I know now 'Summerkind" was meant to be "Samarkand" and they were two separate scents not one, both in green bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    they were two separate scents not one, both in green bottles.
    That's right. Both Aoud Heritage and Aoud Samarkand come in a green bottle (and green box).
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    Great news for Montale fans. Personally, i'm done with them. I'll never buy another Montale perfume again.

    I've stocked up on my favorite, Aoud Musk. And its a wrap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    Great news for Montale fans. Personally, i'm done with them. I'll never buy another Montale perfume again.

    I've stocked up on my favorite, Aoud Musk. And its a wrap!
    My exact thoughts down to the Aoud Musk.

    All of those frags are basically counterfeit right? Pretty obvious that all of those are made in the middle east and not by the original Montale company.
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    They do sound interesting but Heperd make a valid point

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    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    My exact thoughts down to the Aoud Musk.

    All of those frags are basically counterfeit right? Pretty obvious that all of those are made in the middle east and not by the original Montale company.
    Mmm, well i don't know the details about the entire Montale split story, but when i asked the SA, she said they get shipped from Paris.

    Also, both of my bottles (Aoud Legacy and Aoud Samarkand) have "Made in France" engraved on the bottle, with superb longevity and projection.

    Obviously, the dude who is in charge of the "middle eastern exclusive" Montale is manufacturing all those releases in Paris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    My exact thoughts down to the Aoud Musk.

    All of those frags are basically counterfeit right? Pretty obvious that all of those are made in the middle east and not by the original Montale company.
    Who knows. There are some that will claim they know exactly whats going on, and all i can say is i don't really care anymore. Its all super shady at this point. Montale Paris has watered down and reformulated basically everything. I'm definitely not interesting in funding this mockery of a perfume house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdwctdwc View Post
    No problem lpp, yes Smarkand is just what i felt was missing from my rotation (maybe that's why i favorited it). But regardless, it does smell wonderful.
    What was the approximate dollar amount you paid for it Tdwctdwc?

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    What was the approximate dollar amount you paid for it Tdwctdwc?

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    110$ . And the box came with that black little travel bag and everything. Same exact packaging as my old Black Aoud, with even better longevity and projection actually.
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    I wish somebody knew who could ship these to the United States...
    Some Favorites
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    2. Dior Leather Oud
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdwctdwc View Post
    110$ . And the box came with that black little travel bag and everything. Same exact packaging as my old Black Aoud, with even better longevity and projection actually.
    Thanks a lot for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I wish somebody knew who could ship these to the United States...
    Mohsen at Universal Perfumes and Cosmetics will special order it for you if you make a request to him via e-mail.

    Also perfumesuae.com is supposedly planning to start shipping to the USA some time in 2014. They carry many of the exclusives.

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    Have you used Zahara's? (Spelling may be wrong.)
    Some Favorites
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    2. Dior Leather Oud
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Have you used Zahara's? (Spelling may be wrong.)
    Is this the vendor based in Saudi Arabia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Is this the vendor based in Saudi Arabia?

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    Yes, I believe so..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Yes, I believe so..
    What troubled me about this vendor were two things: one, the length of time it would take to get here (she had said she only mails on certain days because she had to have someone drive her to the post office) second, in the list
    of products offered, some of the names listed were not correct or at least I had never heard of them so I was a bit leery. So, no, I have no personal experience dealing with this vendor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I wish somebody knew who could ship these to the United States...
    There is a seller on ebay, user name abujouda located in dubai,I bought a bottle of aoud and pine for ú65.00 plus ú6.00 shipping to the UK,I bought it on 28 December, he posted it on 29 Dec and I received it on 31Dec .super fast shipping.contact him if he can post to US.

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    I have Kabul Aoud which is Coffee + Iris + Incense.
    I want Aoud and PIne and Meloki and be done with Montale for good
    I think this division makes better Montales in comparison to the shit in the Durrani Montales. I think Durranis is more focused on his Manceras now.
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    Zahra's is useless,

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    Zahra's is useless,
    That was my feeling more or less.

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    Well i think I will be lying to myself If I said I would be done with them for good haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    Well i think I will be lying to myself If I said I would be done with them for good haha.
    Did you ever get any additional info on Brown Aoud and Rose Leather which you first reported and shared pictures of a while back?

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    I think those are exclusives in the Al Jazeera boutiques not at Paris Gallery.


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    If anyone in the GCC has tried these please do let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    If anyone in the GCC has tried these please do let us know.
    Don't know about the first one, but the second sounds like an interesting one. Impatiently waiting for further enlightenment!!

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    Brown Aoud and Rose Leather are produced by the "other" Montale.

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    If anyone in the GCC has tried these please do let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    Brown Aoud and Rose Leather are produced by the "other" Montale.
    Just to clarify Noggs, are those Durrani or Atmeh Montales?

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    Sorry Yuyu. Forgot about that thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Just to clarify Noggs, are those Durrani or Atmeh Montales?

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    No problem. They are Durrani Montale.
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    It seems the Durrani Montales are not as good as the Montale Intl Design ones. Yuyu describes Brown Rose and Rose Leather as poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    It seems the Durrani Montales are not as good as the Montale Intl Design ones. Yuyu describes Brown Rose and Rose Leather as poor.
    As of now, after their split, it seems like Durranis have much greater distribution worldwide, while, Atmeh's are regionally distributed locally in the Middle East.

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    Which means Atmeh's regional offerings seem to be more focussed and the quality seems more in line with Montale of years ago. The Kabul Aoud I have is well made IMO and in retrospect, when I compare this with the Durrani Montales I smelt at Bloomingdales there is a considerable difference in quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    Which means Atmeh's regional offerings seem to be more focussed and the quality seems more in line with Montale of years ago. The Kabul Aoud I have is well made IMO and in retrospect, when I compare this with the Durrani Montales I smelt at Bloomingdales there is a considerable difference in quality.
    What percent of your Montales would you say came directly from their former boutique on Place Vendome?

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    75% are from the original Vendome store 12 full bottles not including the travel sprays , havemany of those). All procured between 2010-January 2012.
    Vendome:
    2 Black Aouds, Dark Aoud, Attar, Aoud Safran, Black Musk, Louban, Aoud Damascus, Aoud Musk, White Aoud, Cuir D'Arabie, Red Aoud


    I have one Kabul Aoud from Montale Intl Design.
    The ones which I bought after the Vendome store closed were Full Incense, Aoud Flowers(terrible) , Attar (2nd bottle).
    I want to get Aoud Meloki or Aoud and Pine, which one do you think is stronger and longer lasting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    75% are from the original Vendome store 12 full bottles not including the travel sprays , havemany of those). All procured between 2010-January 2012.
    Vendome:
    2 Black Aouds, Dark Aoud, Attar, Aoud Safran, Black Musk, Louban, Aoud Damascus, Aoud Musk, White Aoud, Cuir D'Arabie, Red Aoud


    I have one Kabul Aoud from Montale Intl Design.
    The ones which I bought after the Vendome store closed were Full Incense, Aoud Flowers(terrible) , Attar (2nd bottle).
    I want to get Aoud Meloki or Aoud and Pine, which one do you think is stronger and longer lasting?
    To me they're both pretty strong and last long but I think you'd probably like the smell of Aoud & Pine better.

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    Aoud & pine really stood out from the bunch i tried. They all project and last long.
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    By the way, i think there were couple more new releases that I didn't get to try, one of them in a red bottle (same as Aoud mayyas).

    I'll add updates to this thread after I visit the store next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yuyu15 View Post
    No problem. They are Durrani Montale.
    I thought the Duranni Montaes were known by another name Tenelli or something like that with a t out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yteek View Post
    I thought the Duranni Montaes were known by another name Tenelli or something like that with a t out there?
    I believe that if the Durrani Montales are sold in the U.A.E., which is where the Atmeh version of Montale is based, they must be sold under the name Tanelli.

    Both the Durrani Montales and the Atmeh Montales are sold under the Montale label elsewhere, which makes buying them rather confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post

    Both the Durrani Montales and the Atmeh Montales are sold under the Montale label elsewhere, which makes buying them rather confusing.
    The US distributor for Montale on the East Coast, Euro Perfumes, only carries the Durrani ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The US distributor for Montale on the East Coast, Euro Perfumes, only carries the Durrani ones.
    Yes, it appears that the Atmeh Montales do have limited distribution. Both versions of Montale are available in the Gulf region, but I don't know about other parts of the world.

    Perhaps this "Middle East exclusive" thing people mention when talking about certain Atmeh Montale fragrances pertains to the entire line. I'm beginning to think so.

    BTW, I visited a local shop which carries the Atmeh versions, but unfortunately they didn't have any of these new ones. I don't understand the fragrance business here in Saudi Arabia. Certain new items we get very quickly, but others seem to take forever to arrive here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post

    BTW, I visited a local shop which carries the Atmeh versions, but unfortunately they didn't have any of these new ones. I don't understand the fragrance business here in Saudi Arabia. Certain new items we get very quickly, but others seem to take forever to arrive here.
    Thanks for checking. As always, any future insight and info on these would be greatly appreciated.

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    Does this mean the "counterfeit" Montales would actually be the ones sold in the US, with poor performance and sold under a different name elsewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    I believe that if the Durrani Montales are sold in the U.A.E., which is where the Atmeh version of Montale is based, they must be sold under the name Tanelli.
    That makes sense and explains why so many of the Tanellis have similar names to the Durrani Montales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    Yes, it appears that the Atmeh Montales do have limited distribution. Both versions of Montale are available in the Gulf region, but I don't know about other parts of the world.

    Perhaps this "Middle East exclusive" thing people mention when talking about certain Atmeh Montale fragrances pertains to the entire line. I'm beginning to think so.

    BTW, I visited a local shop which carries the Atmeh versions, but unfortunately they didn't have any of these new ones. I don't understand the fragrance business here in Saudi Arabia. Certain new items we get very quickly, but others seem to take forever to arrive here.
    Yeah, i don't know how Atmeh plans his region market, but i can tell you that the store that carries all these in Lebanon is considered a luxurious outlet for a lot of niches brands, so maybe It was a priority for him to release them there first. I don't know really....
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    Mohsen at Universal Perfumes & Cosmetics e-mailed me saying that he can order any of the Middle East exclusives (Attmeh Montales) that he does not currently list on his website for $119.99 100ml + shipping. One of the stores he deals with has all the very latest releases. Just e-mail him with the one you want and he will provide further details. Mohsen will be away for a month and those he's leaving in charge don't have authority to make those special order purchases, so if anyone is interested, I would suggest waiting until early February before ordering.

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    Is Mr. Aoud similar to Creed Royal Oud?

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    Is Mr. Aoud similar to Creed Royal Oud?
    It doesn't smell like Creed Royal Oud at all to me.

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    How does it smells like?

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    How does it smells like?
    It actually reminds me a little like a cross between the opening of Oud Malaki by Chopard and the dry down of Silver Intensitive Aoud by Mancera.

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    Do you think its more wearable than Black Aoud?

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