I've now worn Montale GINGER MUSK a few times, thanks to this house's generous-sized samples, which make it possible to seriously experience a perfume before buying. Good work Pierre or reasonable facsimile...
GINGER MUSK is an odd creation, really very eccentric. It's working against some fairly well-established expectations, so I'm not surprised at its middling ratings and reception. On the one hand, people looking for a musk perfume are usually looking for something on the skanky side: musk, at its heart, even when imitated synthetically (as it is today), is an animalic note. On the other hand, ginger nearly always appears in aromatic colognes.
What GINGER MUSK does is to combine a hefty dose of musk with a sweet, culinary, baking-type ginger note. This is not fresh ginger, it's more like a ginger syrup, or perhaps a light gingerbread. Mixed in with the musk, it doesn't quite cut it as a gourmand, and the sweetness makes it not seem like a true musk composition either. In order to appreciate and wear GINGER MUSK, it seems that one must be of a contradictory nature, loving both gourmand, sweet compositions, and musky, animalic, sensual ones--and at the same time!
This combination does not quite work for me, but I enjoyed the experience and do recommend this perfume for testing, because it is well made and you're unlikely to encounter anything else quite like it!