SubhanAllah! What great news Abubakr -mabrook!
You're gonna have some busy days (and nights!!!) ahead of you! :-D
Hello to all! I've been following this thread for a while now, re-reading it with unyielding interest... finally I decided to jump in. I must thank all of you for opening my eyes to the boundless world of oud, which has brought me great joy and my wallet-- great suffering. Some descriptions and experiences have been so beautiful that they prompted me to purchase without sniffing. Though I have yet to regret any of these impulses. Perhaps, at some point, I might be able to contribute something to this ever-evolving discussion!
Welcome kc3dl! I guess at this point it could take a year to read all the way back to the beginning :-) But sometimes I still go back, just to rediscover some of the great advice and discussion that has transpired. What kinds of stuff have you purchased and enjoyed best so far?
I like your avatar, kc3dl. It makes me think of an ancient and mysterious portal- very much like the oil that's brought us all together :-) Welcome!
Thanks divinemama and blue. Glad to be back .
Manuel: This isn't Abubakr's 1st child, so I think he's fully aware what awaits him ...
Welcome kc3 ! If you want to know what low quality oud smells like, plz let me know. My oud collection is overflowing with oils I purchased blind and wish I hadn't. I can send you samples if you like ...
"In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)
This, to me, encapsulates what I think makes a great Hindi oud. Oriscent's Assam Kinam approaches this level of perfection. The Assam Black, I'm afraid, does not.
At first the Black has a lot going on, a lot of energy and whimsicality - leather, citrus, diesel! - but ultimately it lacks the deep confidence and maturity of its elder, Assam Kinam, whose aura is subtle yet voluptuous, romantic and enchanting.
The dry-down of the Assam Kinam has a long-lasting, caramel-myrrh aura that exudes tranquility. In comparison, the dry-down of Assam Black sometimes seems sour and smoky. Perhaps the barnyard element, of which Black has only a trace, is a key element determining the ultimate quality of the dry-down product; witness Wild Himalaya, which, as has been stated by others, is intensely fecal, but also creates this same richness of aura - if you can put up with its initial rudeness!
Anyway, I realize I'm not really comparing like with like: the Assam Kinam is now a "legend" and carries along with its legendary status a legendary price tag. However, all things considered, I feel slightly disappointed with my Assam Black.
There is something special about Indian Oud mixed with Rose Taifi. It's like a perfect blend! I just blended my best Ward Taifi with one of my nicest Indian Ouds and the results are spectacular!