Tupelo honey-laced strawberry jam, and purple bubble gum. Figs, plums and nectarines. Ensar recently launched his most fruitilicious Cambodi to date: Oud Yusha.
Oud Yusha is definitive proof that organically cultivated agarwood can yield amazing quality Oud oil. When produced artisanally, that is.
Anyone can order Oud directly from a distiller. Just like anyone can order a Monet directly from the printers. You’re getting a picture on paper, sure. Just like you’re getting oil in a bottle. But you know the difference.
So, what do we mean by ‘produced artisanally’?
Put a swipe of Oud Yusha on the inside of your left wrist. Now swipe your right wrist with Encens d’Angkor. What you’re about to embark on is an olfactory journey through ages of perfecting the craft of Oud distillation.
If you think the scent of an oil depends only on the raw materials, think again. Oud Yusha and Encens d’Angkor were distilled from the same batch of wood. In the same distillery. Yet, the aromatic contrast couldn’t be more stark.
In preparation for distillation, the wood for the one was soaked in a certain way for a set time. The other was soaked less. The one was then distilled in copper vessels; the other in stainless steel. And so we could go on. Many, many unique tweaks and techniques were employed to create these two markedly different scents from the same raw materials.
Don’t think experimenting with distillation techniques is something just anyone can do in their spare time. Some of the oils take months to produce, costing you a pretty penny. And it can all easily go horribly wrong.
The finest wild agarwood in the hands of a novice will yield mediocre oil. The finest organic agarwood in the hands of a ‘mad scientist’ artisan will yield… Encens d’Angkor!
We rocked the boat so much with Encens d’Angkor that we could have easily gotten away with promoting it as something other than the pure bred Cambodi it is. But a trained nose will pick up its Cambodi pulse, and will delight in its unusual beat.
Dark top notes of cosy countryside cottage wooden floors, warmed by a flickering fireplace; a morning walk where fresh air reveals green flavors of guava, amberous patchouli, oakmossed-out sandalwood, pregnant with the ever present figs and blackberries, shrouded in a deep shade of incense and woods.
All proceeds from your purchase will go right back into the stills, helping to support sustainable agarwood cultivation, taking organic Oud to the next level.
3 grams. In a plain glass bottle.