About This vote is unique in representing the opinion of the largest online group of Oud enthusiasts, consumers and experts across the globe. The rationale behind the poll is that the collective verdict of this large knowledgable group with a combined experience of at least over 150 years in Oud, will - with all due respect - always trump the views of a single expert critic running a blog in cyberspace, whose experience ranges from 1 to 15 years at most. Voting Rules The Rules are simple: 1. This is the FIRST ROUND OF VOTES - a shortlist of the finalists will go into the next round for the final vote after a week - 4th January. 2. Vote for your Oud of the Year - you get up to three votes. 3. The listed is in alphabetical order of the vendor and oud name. 4. If your choice of Oud is not listed, please nominate it on the nomination thread for inclusion on the poll. Guidance Notes If you are not sure about how to make a decision, have a look at the following evaluation criteria: 1. Experience - what experience do you have with the scent? You should have worn it on the skin at least once. 2. Value - this is a function of the price vs quality 3. Scent Profile - self-explanatory. 4. Quality - how does it feel when wearing it compared to others across the price range spectrum? What is the pedigree of wood used? Is it aged etc. 5. Longevity - how long does it last? 6. Silage - what is the projection of the scent? 7. Uniqueness - is this experience available with another oud, or is this something special and different? 8. Effectiveness - do you have to use large amounts to obtain the desired effect, or are a couple of drops sufficient? 9. Other considerations such as colour, association, genre etc..