If you're a die-hard fan of Borneo oud oils, you may be
surprised to discover that the ultimate "Borneo" oud oil for you
may actually be from... Sumatra.
And not just Sumatra, but a tiny region which produces agarwood
unlike any other part of the island: Aceh (pronounced:
Borneo oud oils you have smelled in your
The ones from the eastern reaches of the island can get overly
nutty. Far north, too camphoric. And from the center of the
island, that 'bug spray' smell.
You could probably count the Borneo oud oils that are completely
devoid of all problematic scent notes on your fingers.
And then there's Ambrosia
It is the pure unwarped essence of the quintessential Aceh
agarwood aroma. Some would argue its the most balanced of all
Indonesian oud varieties. No damp, salty/marine, terpy, nutty,
leathery or other such notes. Unlike the typical agarwood from
the western and southern jungles of the island, this is pristine
from the Aceh highlands.
If agarwood trees could be tapped for syrup like Maple trees,
Ambrosia is what that syrup would smell like.
Like sugarcane juice, maple syrup and gula melaka
has a woody-sugary sweetness that is further enhanced by the
clearest vanilla note you ever smelled in an oud (the heart
notes are reminiscent of the aroma of vanilla cupcakes starting
to rise in the oven). Stripped of all fruity, floral,
terpenic, peanutty, and other geographical markers found in most
Borneo oud oils, Ambrosia is the purest expression of the
underlying deep incensey core common in all of them.
This is as archetypal and incensey as Indonesian oud ever gets.
Ambrosia lies smack in the middle of our Gen3 and Gen4 scent
continuum. It boasts the spectacular shimmery top notes of the
former, but also the dark vanillic-woody 'squeezed wood' quality
of the latter.
So no matter what your personal preference is, one thing is
certain: Ambrosia is an oud that is sure to please every lover
of Indonesian agarwood.
Word to the wise: if you got a sample of Sultan's
Succor, loved it, but didn't manage to score a full
bottle because it got sold out (within 3 days!), you'll be
pleased to know that Ambrosia is amazingly close in both scent
and texture to Sultan's Succor. So don't miss out a second
Balance of inward/outward. If this oilís personality could
be described by a colour it would be caramel/burgundy. Sweet
woody resin deliciousness. Slight vanilla, maple syrup ( you
are bang on with your notes) on attack, mildly woody, very
incensy. After some time the oil settles with geosmin like
notes, clean forest floor, Closest oil to japanese minimalist
agarwood incense. Touch of sour fruit note that I get from
sumatra woods and oils keeps the oil from becoming too cloying
and sweet. Very nice.
Like this one a lot. Love the opening and the dry down. Nice
and long lasting. Will probably pick up a bottle of this and
Harita for sure.
The oil arrived a few days ago and wow! For me this is oud.
This oud simply is what I loved when I first smelled agarwood
chips burning all those years ago. It is that scent I've been
searching for (and spent an embarrassing amount of money
looking for-but I guess it counts as charity...). I've heard
stories about the legendary Kinam/Kyara but it's hard for me
to imagineit getting much better than this sweet, complex
"fresh earth after the rain" scent that both grounds and
First off if poasible PLEASE reserve another bottle of
Ambrosia for me!!! I am astounded by it. It bounces in so many
directions... I get an intense sweetness accompanied by a
euphoric but powerful spicyness... That strangely enough is
identical to the taste of my favorite native New Zealand
medicinal herb... So strange to smell a taste. This oil is an
absolute master piece!!!
C.D. (New Zealand)
Thank you Taha and thank you to nature for collaborating to
create a scent that sings song of victory, hope, joy and peace
to my soul.
Honestly if possible please reserve me 2 or 3... This oil is
absolute magic to me.
C.D. (New Zealand)
I think Ambrosia might be my favorite oud ever! What a
beautiful and uplifting and simultaneously centering scent.
You know my tastes well!
The succor and the ambrosia have a almost and explosive
scintillating scent... You are killing me homes... It tingles
the senses but does not obscure the depth and huge width of
That first sniff, this is so close to the Sultans Succor in
style, I almost thought I was having a senior moment and put
the wrong oil on. After a few seconds it is obvious this is
something different. The style is the same as the succor and
would describe it as 'bright darkness'. The ambrosia then gets
sweeter and has this heavenly sweet wood drydown. Last a
LOOOONG time. It is no accident I am having Taha save me a
...reminds me the famous Ambrosia Custard!
The ambrosia drydown after some hours is so divine. Does smell
sugary. I just love it. Really need to get that one as I said.