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I am about to reveal to you the secret of this extraordinary Oud oil. Please stay with me until the end, and you will be well informed.
Owen (*) is a local client of mine who is an oud collector. He has been trying many Oud oil from different places. He often meets with people who have similar interests like him “Smelling Oud” to exchange knowledge and experiences. His preferences are clean tenacious woody, sweet and slightly medicinal. He wants Oud that has a strong impression on the first sniff. And finally, the oud he is considering must be the non-barnyard one.
He has been trying many Oud from us, and he wants more. He confessed to me that he is an “Oud addict”. He is trying new oil very month from different vendors. Occasionally, his wife is not very happy because of his spending spree on Oud.
One day, he shared with me; he had been hiding his oud from her for many months because she would be upset.
When I got him this Oud
He picked it up from me on the way home. Secretly he did not want his wife to know; he went straight to his room to try it.
But an unusual thing happen, he brought the oil to his wife and said
Owen’s wife yelled at him when he showed her this Oud “ Owen; you wasted money on Oud again? What did I tell you?”
“Common last one for this year I promised, I want you to try this.”
“Honey, how was it?” Owen asked
There was a silent period (usually it was yelling and shouting). After a minute or two, Owen’s wife asks him a question.
“Where did you get this?”
“From a local guy.”
Owen could not believe what his wife said next.
“It is pretty good, can I have it?”
When Owen told me this story, I was surprised because his wife did not show interest in any of his Oud before. But this Oud changed her perception. From dislike to “can I have it” is a big change. She told Owen that she felt bright, positive and happy when she tried this oil.
I did not talk to Owen’s wife, but through him, I guessed because of the smoothness, decent woodiness with a minimum smokiness that she likes.
But the good thing is for the first time, Owen and his wife share a common interest in the Oud that they both like.
On the surface, this Oud looks like ordinary Oud oil, but when you learn about the process of making it, you would appreciate it more.
My family have been distilling Oud oil for many years. They told me that there are three essential factors to make good Oud Oil.
So first I will start with the material, you can see some of the material we use here..
We then pulverised them and soaked them into a barrel full of local spring water.
Local spring water heh? Why is it important?
Let me explain
I can’t disclose the location because if I do, our competitor will get this water too. However, I can tell you how it makes a difference.
Springwater gets to the surface through springs themselves. This spring water has been going through many areas that have thick bedrocks. These bedrocks filter out the impurities making the water clean and clear. Besides, it also has high mineral content, and my distiller told me that these minerals in the water contribute to the final flavour of the Oud oil.
He experienced the differences.
He distilled two small batches with the same material and same distilling pot. The only difference is the water used: one uses tap water, and the second one uses spring water.
The difference is clear:
Oud oil using the spring water has a stronger, more intense “addicted” woody scent.
Water is not the only element that makes this oil special. There is more
Just like cooking stove, you prefer gas while your friend prefers electric stove. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
The main advantage of gas is speed, and the oil distilled from this method will have a hint of smokiness.
The main advantage of this Electric Still is low heating with stable temperature. With low-temperature cooking, you will only experience Oud without smoky notes.
The water evaporates slowly but steadily. The water has never boiled so the material (pulverised agarwood) do not burn. And because there is no burn, there will be no smokiness, no charred notes, no bitterness.
With gas heating, it takes 3 days to cook the same amount of oil.
With electric heating, it takes 5 days to cook because of the lower temperature.
I am not saying one is better than another. It is about personal preferences. If you like intense smooth Oud oil without smokiness, this is your oil.
Finally, the last factor that makes this oil so good: the experience distillers.
We have an experienced team to help us from selecting, distilling, curing, storing to aging this beautiful Oud oil. And because of the longer time to produce this oud compared to the average one, it requires a lot of patience - the patience of a saint. So we name this incredible Oud oil as “Oud of Saint.”
I encourage you to try this oil. You will be likely to love it at first sight. You will feel bright, pleasant, and happy, just like Owen’s wife does.
Scent profile: zero barnyards, minimum smokiness, tenacious woody and floral sweetness.
Distilling method: Electric low heat hydrodistillation
(*) Although the story is true, Owen is not a real name. I use this pseudonym for privacy reason
'Oh man', was my reaction as I did not anticipate the strength of this Oud. I have tried Evergreen Oud from Grandawood before Oud of the Saint. For comparison, this Oud to me has a similar profile yet it is much earthier and deeper. What is wonderful about it are the green combination of notes. I get minty-vetiver like vibes but with a depth that you would normally also get with Oakmoss. I also get the deep green that you get from Ruh Khus variety of the Indian type. Very fresh yet very earthy and this is coming from someone who uses Oakmoss, Mint, Pine and Palmarosa on a regular basis. A surprisingly fresh Oud with a very earthy presence. All these notes of greenery, the high pitched and soft pitched notes sit comfortably on a solid base of Oud to finish off. What more could you ask for?! Again, no fermented or offensive notes just clean and green! This green scent is very complex. I believe that the hydro-distillation has certainly made this Oud stand out. Having personally cooked Oud for over two days I can say the process is VERY labour intensive and requires delicate care and attention as any memory lapse even for a short while will overcook and ruin the batch (and throughout the whole process, you are praying that it will be over soon!). The fact that this specific part of the process took 5 days over a low heat demonstrates that level of craftsmanship and expertise at the hands of the Oud chef (and that's only one part of the whole process!). The result is that you get is a very superior quality Oud like no other. The green notes are carefully preserved under the watchful eyes of Grandawood and bottled up for your pleasure. The complex notes of this Oud are truly a work of art worthy of admiring. It certainly reminds me of a pure stream I was to walk past in New Zealand on a daily basis when I was growing up. Keep up the great work :-)
I enjoy how this unfolds over time. Nice product.
This is something special. Very difusive minty opening that evolves into a green sweet dry down. No trace of animalics.
Beautiful smell and mixes well with other oils to make my own perfume.
It is strong honey like smell with sweet but was irritating to me . It is not of my type but iam sure it will be liked by many others