Sounds like a gorgeous setting for all the senses, MrP. Glad you had a mellow vacation, but also happy you can now enjoy your oud at will!
Oudhasi Oil Notes:
I was really surprised by the range and quality of Oudhasi’s offerings. Each oil has a very distinct scent profile and, although they are diverse in character, they are consistent in their quality, value and appeal.
Assam 15 starts off with a smooth, subtle, chocolate/licorice-y sweetness suffused with rounded spices. The scent of clean hay is most prominent. The oil's cool luminescence is gentle, soft and calming. For me the most extraordinary thing is that Assam 15 has psychotropic qualities that remind me, in that respect, of Royale. It is very pleasant, refined, engaging and easy to wear. My favorite.
Assam Flora starts out with a magnanimous slightly spicy camphorous note- buoyant, bright and sweet. It is a lively oil, with a lightness of spirit (think Royal Kinam) channeled via a turpy note that is soft rather than biting. A warm fruitiness emerges, similar to the notes in Cambodian oils, which gives way to a luxurious sweet leather underbody. This note gets stronger and clearer, and is the one that jauntily strides throughout the life of the oil. It is much more gentlemanly than Sulaliman- it is never crassly “pungent”. This is a moist oil that has excellent longevity. It is more leathery and buxom than Assam 15.
Green Gaharu is balsamic, woody, cool, dry and bracing. Its earthy turp note packs quite a wallop at the beginning. As it dries it takes on a slightly medicinal note that fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a classic woody scent with vetiver-like and resinous overtones. I quite like this herbaceous oil.
Assam Superior is less complex and more fecal than either Assam 15 or Flora. It is a pleasure to smell a young oud that has none of the foul rubbery, plastic or tar-like notes that so often appear in plantation oils. Great value for the price.
As soon as I removed the stopper from the vial the air filled with the deep scent of Harflong Oudh. Spices that appear and disappear through a wispy halo of smoke accompany its mellow sweetness. Other “smoky’ ouds I’ve sampled have been somewhat acrid, but Harflong is not. Its weight is nicely balanced by a hint of menthol, which gives this oil a lucid clarity and enhances its olfactory range.
I’ve never been a fan of Laotian oils, and Lao Superior is no exception. It is smoky, sharp and angular and exudes a urinaceous sweatiness. The “armpit” note quiets shortly after application, leaving behind a fecal woodiness. Tarzan would like this oil!
Amber Oudh- If I ordered this is a restaurant I think a spoonful would be thousands of calories! It is very rich, warm and furry. Cuddle up by the fire, sip some port, smell some Amber Ouhd and fall into a reverie of candied plums, baking beaches and golden skies. If you like amber, you’ll love this heady oud-suffused attar.
In summary- fine oils, excellent selection, reasonable prices and beautiful presentation (I love the bottle in which my Assam Flora arrived ). Welcome, Oudhasi!
Excellent reviews Bluemoon! Thank you so much! If you would be so kind, could you please elaborate a bit further on the Assam Superior?
I'm drooling, Bluemoon. Such beautiful descriptions! This place sounds like a must try. Thank you!
Fantastic Blue! I look forward to trying those oils.
Thanks AK and AQ.
I really like the Oudimentary oil. I have tried a few Hindi's. This one has minimal mud like Amit's but has a complexity close to Oriscent's Black Assam. It's also deeper than Amit's oil. It's fairly refined but not too much so that it's boring. It's slightly muted yet still has power. I do find it well balanced. The only Agarscent's Hindi I have tried was labeled, "#1" and I recall liking it but don't remember too many details. It was when I first started my oud journey. I do remember that it seemed to have more barnyard than the Oudimentary oil but I also feel my perspective has changed on that over time so I'm not reliable with a comparison with that oil. I am curious if it comes close to any of the oils Bluemoon mentioned.
MrP welcome back! I'd love to be able to experience that foresty depth around all of those trees and as abubakr mentions, to look down at the clouds!
I tend to get whiffs of some of the oils I love at random times even if I'm not around trees and other things that might remind one of oud. Oudfactory hallucinations? :-)
I think abubakr mentioned once that he tried to order from Shiva but it ended up he never received anything. Initially, I thought Amit's company was the same as Shiva but I understand they are different. Please report your thoughts if you choose to order from them.