At the very beginning of my perfume time, probably as a free addition to my very first souk order (Souk fits here), a tiny sample "Black Oudh" by Al Haramain came under my nose and knocked me over so much that the fragrance has been on my wish list ever since as a kind of unfulfilled longing. I probably didn't dare to write comments or statements at that time, at least I didn't leave anything in writing. The fact that I have never fulfilled my wish is perhaps also due to a certain fear, whether this powerful scent is not a little too strong for everyday use, for myself and especially for my not necessarily oud-affine surroundings.
If my memory doesn't play tricks on me, which is possible, of course, because the Black Oudh fragrance experience is well over two years ago and because both come from inexpensive Arab suppliers, so you might think they "must" have something in common, then Lattafa's "Ameer Al Oudh" is a fragrance that comes very close to Al-Aramain, but which presents itself somewhat more tamed and well-balanced; a ruler, not a jinni. That he still doesn't like the little nose on my side is another question.
Be it because of my early Oud initiation by "Black Oudh", be it for other reasons, this scent type, Black Oudh in the more uninhibited and this one here in the more controlled version, is for me the true, genuine, authentic, classic Oud perfume type, which I very much appreciate, so to speak the reference type I. I also like the - for the common Central European office person much more suitable for everyday use - type of the fine, urban polished and quite stinkfrei "Berliner Oud", represented by Lehmann's "Oud" and Urban Scents "Singular Oud", but this reference type II is not the topic today
Ameer (that's probably the same word as "emir", isn't it?) starts with a very powerful, but not murderous fanfare of very distinctive woody-oud notes with at least as striking resinous-fresh-balsamic counterpoint. He has a golden glow and is very classic, powerful but tidy and not violent. Despite its clarity and strength, the oud note is not excessively pungent. That is one of the main points of contention here with the pre-reviews; I take the side of those who perceive little animalism, I would say two to three on the cowshed scale ranging from zero to ten. And at all, if animalistic, then with a royal scent of course bird of prey crap and not cowshed. Special in this phase, but basically to the end for me a very masculine fragrance, my imagination hardly reaches so far to introduce it to me "with success" to a lady or young woman. But who knows, my imagination is not the measure of all things.
As the wine progresses, the balsamic-fresh notes recede somewhat, while the strong, woody, ovoid basic tone continues, and then partially take their place with moderately honey-sweet and spicy notes, sometimes even with a kind of fruity touch. But the fragrance never gets cuddly sweet or even sticky (that's another point of contention here among my esteemed colleagues; I'm clearly positioning myself on the no-sugar alarm page) and, above all, never gets out of hand, but keeps its firm center.
For me a thoroughly likeable oud, whose "ruling" name attribute I understand in the sense of the medieval princely mirrors, for which there were certainly equivalents in the Arab-Islamic cultural area as well: This sea radiates power and power, but always maintains control, retains its center, remains straightforward and attracts admiration through its well coordinated virtues.
If it (for the time being, further tests are reserved) remains at "only" 8.5 points (if you want to regard this as a deficit), then it's because this Lattafa initially arouses great pleasure and respect in me, but at the moment still no princely love; the spark doesn't (yet?) jump all over me. Maybe I'm too Republican for that, too.