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AMBER & SPICE by Montale

AMBER & SPICE – 2009 – ♂♀
Classification: Woody Spicy
Top: Nutmeg, Rose
Heart: Cumin, Oud
Base: Amber, Ebony, Sandalwood
Perfumer: Pierre Montale
Price: $170 for 100ml bottle

Amber & Spices opens with an alcohol blast that left my nasal passages completely clear and sterilized. Once the alcohol opening settles, Amber & Spices moves into a very dry and saturated woody oud note. The oud has just a sprinkle of nutmeg and finally, a very soft rose layer. This transition is pleasing but nothing remarkable. The rose note in this fragrance is pretty and mild and is a nice companion to the oud. The rose slowly and methodically pushes it way into the heart of the fragrance a bit more boldly like an uninvited guest. You will also detect a bit of cumin spicing up the rose just a tad, but as far as the overall progression of this fragrance, it is quite linear. Just as you were getting used to the rose’s more robust appearance, you find sandalwood knocking on the door. I found the introduction of sandalwood in the base to be the most interesting part of Amber & Spices. There is something quite foreign about this scent combination and very intriguing. Even though the word amber is the first word in the title, I find a vague reference to it in Amber & Spices’ base, not so much amber and not so much spice. If this were titled Oud & Rose, that would be somewhat more believable.

Amber & Spices didn’t impress me much. It is as memorable as a nicely scented hand lotion or closet freshener. This fragrance has average longevity and doesn’t really develop much after the end of the heart note stage. Everything in the base notes either rushes in or is so vague that you hardly notice its presence. Considering the large number of fragrances Montale produces, they seem more interested in quantity over quality these days. Forget Amber & Spices being stiff competition for any of the more well-known veterans of this category.


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