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    Default Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    I am interested in this one - it's not cheap ($350 / 3 ml) but the little I've read about it online makes me curious to smell it.

    Any Basenotes members own/sample this?

    There's a great review of it on the blog Kafkaesque: http://www.kafkaesqueblog.com/2017/0...santal-sultan/

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    Default Re: Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I am interested in this one - it's not cheap ($350 / 3 ml) but the little I've read about it online makes me curious to smell it.

    Any Basenotes members own/sample this?

    There's a great review of it on the blog Kafkaesque: http://www.kafkaesqueblog.com/2017/0...santal-sultan/

    Overall my favourite of the Ensar Samples I've tasted. Nicely balanced, layered, Oiliness. It is free of Vanilla sweetened lactose and centers to a deep nuttiness, accented with a slight Citric. Match it with a pin prick of Rose Otto or CO2 and well Amb rose Jee Ya.
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    Thanks purecaramel
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    Default Re: Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    I own this. Not a sandalwood buff but also own Sandal 100k by Feel Oud and that is my only comparison. The EO is richer and deeper. As mentioned, a bit more oily feel to it. I can’t imagine a pure sandalwood oil could get much better. Let me know if you want a sample.

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    Default Re: Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Thanks purecaramel
    My pleasure.

    I have found that, my samples of Sandalwood Oils vary. I am drawn to the oils where the distiller has brought out a Nuttiness. My memory base-line of Mysore was, a small sample owned by my Grandmother. It was from the 60's and she had told me the story, of it being offered to her by a SA, at a Chanel roadshow, in the U.S. Undoubtedly it was a blend of different stocks and perhaps even adulteration to meet a Chanel Standard.
    As to the differences of Feel-Oud 100k and Santal Sultan. My suspicion, is, that the Feel-Oud is, younger, closest in purity, by it's nod to an Ethereal Quality. The Sultan speaks, to me, as a careful Blend, to accentuate an Earthly quality, much like the Chanel Mysore of the 60's.
    Both samples bloom when introduced to a Rose Otto or CO2.

    What you are currently wearing, the Bortkinoff has a bit of the 100K or something similar, in the mix.
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    Default Re: Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    kswer, thanks

    purecaramel - I know the nuttiness you're talking about (some people call it peanut shells). I like that facet but I think what's most attractive to me is a lactic, almost yogurt-like smell. That usually is what gets my attention. Still..that can change. Recently I smelled an Australian, Sri Lankan and Indonesian sandalwood (at Enfleurage) and I liked all 3! So I guess I'm totally non-monogamous when it comes to sandalwood.
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    Default Re: Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    I forgot to say that I have a sample of this and I've worn it once. It's so good. Yes there is a nuttiness there but it's infused with highly sharp resinous wood notes. It also is very radiant for the 1st couple of hours. Surprised me. I will wear it again this week and give it a proper review.
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    Default Re: Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I forgot to say that I have a sample of this and I've worn it once. It's so good. Yes there is a nuttiness there but it's infused with highly sharp resinous wood notes. It also is very radiant for the 1st couple of hours. Surprised me. I will wear it again this week and give it a proper review.
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    I would have been wiser to have blown my credit rating with a 3ml of this Santal Sultan rather than a "Pig in a Poke" Tabac Blond this month. We'll see.

    Comparing the FeelOud 100k and Santal Sultan side by side at the moment, the 100K is the more ethereal, surely. The Ensar has an earthly resin-ence. Both are lovely and have my palate salivating.
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    Default Re: Santal Sultan by Ensar Oud

    I see myself indulging in some for myself for mu birthday (Nov) or Xmas...let's see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    Yes,
    I would have been wiser to have blown my credit rating with a 3ml of this Santal Sultan rather than a "Pig in a Poke" Tabac Blond this month. We'll see.

    Comparing the FeelOud 100k and Santal Sultan side by side at the moment, the 100K is the more ethereal, surely. The Ensar has an earthly resin-ence. Both are lovely and have my palate salivating.
    Off-topic: your avatar picture always makes me read your nickname as purecamel! Duh.

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