Here’s another fun and fruity Oud-y, along the same lines as the new Bond no. 9 offering, New York Oud. The oud is mild here, as it is in NYO, and will easily appeal to that wider range of persons who might normally be turned off by a parasitic fungus note (in all it’s many glories). NYO had a distinct plummy-fruit note, while AV sports a sweet, jammy-fruit. If AV were just the tiniest bit less refined, it could pass for the new Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Oud*.
I mentioned that it would be impossible to over-apply New York Oud, not so with Aoud Velvet. A couple dabs will do you, and they’ll do so all night long. Nicely done, but I prefer the dryer, darker version in Montale’s other ouds: Aoud Queen Roses, White Oud, or Black Oud.