I can't stop wearing cambodi oud! For the last month or so I wear nothing else! No Hindi no Thai no mukhallats! Just cambodi! Is that stuff addicting? What has happend to me?
What Cambodis are your favorite? I just got Koh Kong and Sylvan Nectar yesterday. The Koh Kong that I already own and exposed to some air and light is much better. I started doing the same with my new bottle. Sylvan Nectar I briefly tried yesterday but can't review yet. I did enjoy it.
I have a sample of Thaqeel and while I find it really good, I don't think its worth the price. I also have Oudimentary KSSS which is good but Koh Kong is much thicker.
AZsmells, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Sylvan Nectar. I liked Koh Kong but found it too similar to Black Ateeq (and I've really got to watch the money when it comes to oud oils!). I totally agree with you about Thaqeel - it's too overpriced for what it is. Give me one of Taha's cambodis any day!
Earlier today, I finished reading through all of the posts of this thread (took me a few days!), and decided to register.
I stumbled upon this thread via a google search for oud oil info, and I'm glad I did!
It's been educational, humbling, and almost intimidating to get a glimpse into the world of oud oils from a bunch of enthusiasts, but exciting, too!
Thanks to all who've contributed such great info.
Figuring that I must start somewhere, I decided to see what the Cambodis are about.
...soooo, I placed an order for Sylvan Nectar earlier today (plus a couple samples of others).
Looking forward to diving in, big-time.
I gather that the slope toward oud obsession is slippery, and I'm ready to go slippin' and slidin' down, down, down. =)
A kind fellow BNer whose opinions I value recently had a chance to sample both the oil that was sold to a few people by Ensar as 'Burmese Kinam', and his "new" oil Kyara Koutan. Although Ensar does not want to disclose the source of his Koutan, I can report that it appears that Burmese Kinam and Kyara Koutan are, in fact, one and the same.
Whilst I haven't purchased KK, I do have its alter-ego, BK , in my possession, and I can tell you that it's not worth the $790 that Ensar is asking for it. Actually, although it is undoubtedly a very nice oil, I personally wouldn't even pay $400 for it, let alone almost $800. Unless you are in the habit of using your cash as kindling, I'd recommend trying Borneo Kinam or, for even better value, Taha's Borneo Jewel - for $790 you could buy 2 and still have change left over ...
I am new to Basenotes and this is the first time I have posted. I have been following this thread for some weeks though. Thanks to all of you for such interesting knowledgeable discussion. You inspired me to look into oud oil as I actually live in Burma (I live here with my family, posted here by my organization). Last weekend i went out with my driver in search of oud (which everyone told me was no longer possible to find here) Finally, later in the day I found a dusty old shop run by an old lady who is a distiller with an oil that was powerful indeed. She also had some amazing sandalwood oil (she kept licking both to show it was unadulterated). I bought 4 mils of each. At the same time I had ordered a sample of Kyra Koutan from Oriscent. I now have the sample and I can say they are very different, the Kyra Khoutan being very dry and the dark oil I bought from the old lady being much more pungent (yes, barnyard-ey) but a fine and complex smell nonetheless.
Az-I usually wear every cambodi you listed. Let's see off the top of my head I have 1/4 thaqeel, 1/2 koh, 1 tola sylvan, 1/2 AO mattak, 1/4 calambac, 1/4 old ateeq, 1/3 of ASAQ old mattak, 1/2 ASAQ new mattak, 1 and 3/4 tolas ASAQ 16 year mubakhar, 1/4 regulat old mubakhar, I might have left out one or 2. Plus about 100 different camnodi samples. I pretty much wear em all!!
That's just my cambodis!
'oly moly, that's a lot of Cambos!
What did I tell you... you're gonna get addicted.
Welcome gecko214. And thanks for your fascinating story! Please keep us posted on your other local oud journeys.
I have a sample of Ensar's KK. When I first used it, the initial smokiness was a little overwhelming. But after a month or so in the vial -- and around 10 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight & air -- it has mellowed considerably. The initial smokiness is much less, and it dries down to a very pleasant, (to me) somewhat citrusy finish.
I like it a lot, but I don't like it enough to spend $800 on a bottle.
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