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Many years ago, a whisky master distiller visited my place to try some Oud oil.
With a small dab on this hand, he was so excited and told me it smelled like Aged Peaty Scotch Whisky. He told me there was a small group of people who loved this smokey aroma, not just in Scotch but barbeque also.
At that time, I do not know what Peaty Scotch is. But he got 12g of this Oud and left shortly. After a few months, he ordered another 50g to customise his private perfume project, to pair his Scotch with this Oud oil.
Thanks to him, I got a name for this oil.
Many people like the smoke smell, but they do not like the actual smoke itself. One reason is that the Smokey smell from the actual smoke is usually quite "harsh". Besides, it usually comes from your grilled food or campfire. After several hours, this smoke aroma does not smell the same; it smells greasy and dirty.
What if there is a smooth smokey aroma that is clean, non-greasy and super pleasant to wear? Would you like to find out more?
A smooth Smokey aroma without smoke
It is intriguingly smokey, leathery, subtly spiced with soft vanilla. The best part: it is superior smooth.
You grow up with smoky food: for example, BBQ, smoky rainbow trout, salmon, green-lipped mussel or meat.
You like camping, and the smoke of the campfire always warm you up. People are more open, and the conversation starts easier.
On some special occasion, you and your family gather and cook together. Smoke rises, everybody seems so happy, it was so homely.
In December 2019, I was in a local tavern talking to a friend of mine. He offered me a glass of peated Scotch whisky me. Immediately, I related to the master distiller who once visited me. I was so interested in the taste and aroma of this drink: smokey, earthy, a bit of burning vegetation, spicy and vanillic. Out of curiosity, I asked.
I was not a regular Scotch drinker, but I loved this smell so much, so I got myself a bottle. I went home and poured myself a drink to "feel it" more.
I learned that peat accumulates partially decayed vegetation or organic matter (Rob Micallef). I also found some chemical compounds of phenols found in whisky, which are also in agarwood oil. You can find out more at the bottom of this page.
This particular whisky brand that I tried has a very leathery character and a hint of a campfire.
It reminded me of a good old time when fishing with friends. We grilled the fish under fire at night time.
I sipped, then applied a small dab of this Oud on my wrist and took a deep breath. The peated smell became more distinctive and augmented by this Oud. I closed my eyes to travel to the past, let this aroma take me back to the good old time.
This Oud is Supercritical Co2 Extracted from one-month fermented pulverised agarwood. It creates a leathery and smokey aroma. It contains some barnyard notes like the Middle Easterner.
If the below brought you happiness
You would love the leathery aroma of this Oud.
No, it is not. It does contain leathery, smokey and farm-like accords. It does not smell like a dead rat or manure.
If you like floral, sweet and mainstream perfume and are open-minded, give this Oud ago because it is very smooth.
This Oud is non-barnyard (does not smell like horse manure like others on the market). It does not knock you off like the Hindi style (super barnyard agarwood oil).
Cultivated agarwood harvested from the renewable agarwood plantation site.
Pulverised and fermented under control for one month to achieve the desired smokey and leathery aroma with a sweet woody dried down note.
The answer: both have some similar chemical compounds such as phenol, cresol, Guaiacol...
A quote of David Cover (2017), Drink Hacker, Peat, Phenols, and ppm: Why Scotch Tastes Smoky
"Phenol itself gives you carbolic and antiseptic flavours, and Cresols give the whisky medicinal, bandage-like flavour that's very distinctive in Laphroaig. Xylenol can be extracted from coal tar and has a similar note, while Guaiacol gives a wood smoke type of flavour."
If you sip your whisky and sniff this Oud, it will enhance your experience. You will enjoy both more.
Of course, it is completely fine to use them alone, depending on what you want to achieve.
Source: The Whisky Lounge
Like smokey scent? This smooth smokey Oud will make you happy.
This is definitely an Oud that is strong, complex and surprisingly smooth. There are a variety scents that come out at once, like a well organized symphony of notes. I get a fermented top note that blends into a woody body with a strong earthy feel. It is not an earthiness associated with soil but more like hay combined with a leafy foliage after a light rain with a hint of smokiness. This hay like scent combined with the woody base along side the fermented top note bring out the strength of this oil to get you a musky scent for the minimum amount of barnyard. All these scents are balanced out wonderfully together and like a band, they all have a part to play on your journey to enjoying this fragrance. The best part about this Oud is the drydown. With time, the sweet and floral side of this oil tends to come out of the darkness and gets brighter over time. It is a deep vanilla-like/benzoin scent that is tied in with the earthy aspects of this Oud. Very similar to a dark and well aged patchouli but I am aware not to equate both to each other. The artistry is in the fermentation. To put it into perspective I have a batch of Thai and Cambodian Oud with similar fermentation times. Although they have very strong projection, the heavy fermented scent tends to take over the whole body of the Oud and it can be quite overpowering. On the opposite end of the scale, an Oud of this caliber with little fermentation may not get the projection you are trying to achieve. Peated Oud is like the perfect hybrid between the Middle Easterner and Double Happiness but with that extra woody 'kick'. This is what you get when fermentation is done just right and I am glad to add Peated Oud as part of my personal collection.
This oud oil was recommended to me by Trent as being one of his personal favorites. I’ll admit, I was hesitant at first based on some prior experiences with funky oud oils. Then, I got my nose on it from purchasing the oud sampler. I am HOOKED! Immediately came back for another 1.5ML’s so I now have 2ML’s total and so happy I do!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL PICTURE SHAWN I am glad that you enjoy the oil !
This oud oil was recommended to me by Trent as being one of his personal favorites. I’ll admit, I was hesitant at first based on some prior experiences with funky oud oils. Then, I got my nose on it from purchasing the oud sampler. I am HOOKED! Immediately came back for another 1.5ML’s so I now have 2ML’s total and so happy I do! ❤️
Admittedly, I was not the hugest advocate of barnyard ouds; until I smelt this oil. Intoxicatingly earthy, grounding, purposeful, sobering and wholesome. take a walk down the soil section at bunnings, add in a little extract petrichor. Discard any acrid fecal notes and fuse it with smooth vanillic cream and agarwood smoke. Despite being produced via Co2 extraction this oil does develop significantly on the skin, but in a completely different way to any other agarwood oils. The intense zingy woodiness that characterises oud oil as opposed to incense is not there. instead you get the bright vanillic notes of heated wood chips and old oak aged liquors, plus so much more. the combination of deep purifying, sobering, raw earth with heavenly vanillic brightness is unforgettable. Trying Co2 extracts was a gamble. In so many ways it was exactly what I was looking for. My understanding of oud would not be the same without it. Lucky to have such a unique offering right here in AUS. Thank you!!