is only the third Agar Aura far-west Malaysian oud
ever distilled, and if you like your Malay oud oils ultra
Malay it doesn't get any better than this.
About 20 years ago, Malaysian agarwood (wood and oil) was not
what it is today – or any agarwood for that matter.
I remember, as a child growing up in Saudi Arabia, I loved going
to the little oud shop at the ground level of the apartment
where I lived. There are a few scents I never forgot, continued
to miss, and had been trying to replicate for the longest time
One of them happened to be a be a bright green oud, green in
both scent and color.
With the birth of Ayu, I was able to finally rediscover a scent
I long yearned for: the "nicest smelling oud"
sea of barny oud oils, that I remember from my youth.
Ayu is the successor to Darul
, being the second oud oil I hand-crafted from
awesome incense-grade agarwood from the Malaysian state of
Kedah. Exact same grade of wood (plenty of small incense grade
chips mixed with large slabs of tiger grade wood). As with all
our 'Special K' batches, the yield of Darul Aman was very low
and so that oil will never get released. As for Ayu, the yield
was almost triple (read: the cost-per-gram came out
to be a fraction, for the exact same grade of wood)
Lovingly hand-crafted in a Spanish copper still, Ayu is Agar
Aura's first publicly-released take on oud from Kedah State, and
it is sure to send Malaysian oud lovers over the moon.
Before Aquilaria Hirta
became the de facto Malaysian
oud, folks who have been around for a while will remember
Malaysian Aquilaria Malaccensis
giants as the oud
ambassadors of Malaysia. These huge trees (the largest of all
oud species and varieties) yielded massive chunks of pitch-black
The aroma: the zestiest and most vibrant oud anyone had ever
Zesty is right. Ayu smells like kola nut juice, together with
tamarind jam, vanilla, cinnamon, rock rose, lemon, lime, and
orange zest, doused in sugar syrup. That's right folks, Ayu
delivers the elusive 'cola note' that's harder and harder to
find in modern Malaysian ouds, by the bucketfuls. Think cola,
cream soda and Pakola, all on top of a heavyweight base of
This green ambery cola-like sweet zesty oud for me may be a
'comfort oud', as it brings back fond memories of better times.
But for those who have yet to experience what the best of
yester-year Malaysian ouds had to offer, Ayu will still be an
olfactory joy, and a portal to the past glory of Malaysian oud.
Best of all: the yield was so high (without using any
yield-boosting techniques) that you are getting one of Agar
Aura's top shelf oils for half the price.
First time I applied Ayu today & realized that I did a great mistake ! I should have bought at least 2 bottles of it ...
It's that beautiful !
OH BOY OH BOY this Ayu is AMAZING!!! I have to say even
though this is my first wearing wow it might be my favorite
out oil i have ever come across...
oh my this is blowing my sense of smell/mind!!! Great job bro.
Deep, deep. Powerful. Awakening. Mossy rocks by a crystal
pool. A tiny touch of Maroke-ish jungly terroir. Water inside
a cave. Lightning strike clear. Rich tangible textured aroma,
surprisingly for a pure scent like this; as if there are two
notes playing in harmony. Pretty violet shows up later.
Ensar did tell me that Ayu was one of Taha’s best ever oils
and I cannot disagree. An oil of immaculate purity, complexity
and beauty. The notes that develop here are breathtaking. I
will need more time to fully understand it.
Forget about distilling oil out of resin, with Ayu I think
Taha distilled the wood fibers, the oil, and the resin into
I better not swipe near an open flame
Ayu is Gen3, very nice scent of Malaysian agarwood, but is
ultra ethereal. Strong scent of Agarofurans makes it
challenging. My bottle of Ayu is right at home with her brawny
brother Inderapura Encens
Professor Taha is truly a mad scientist to juice agarwood into
a nearly clear liquid. This oil is in the gamma wavelength of
distillation, fractional is just too boring for him. :p :p :p
Forget sniffing up-close during the opening.
But it is a pleasure from a foot away.
Ayu in particular is sweet and beautiful. A sort of heavenly
renaissance vibe. An oil that I would dare bring into a room
for Kodo appreciation, "pass the wrist please" :p
Some people may not get past the Agarofurans, but I have
learned how to listen ;)
Ayu is an oil which upon smelling, you can easily notice the
crystal clearness in the oil (Agar Aura signature). There is
much complexity to be enjoyed in this oil, to the point that
the oil might not smell complex at first due to all the
smallest nuances that are too difficult to dissect for the
average nose. This oil has a sparkling soda note (I say this
in the best absolute way possible), like Sprite or 7up,
without actually smelling like Sprite or 7up (you must
experience it yourself to understand). It's a refreshing,
For one to pinpoint individual notes of this oil, he/she needs
to have a trained nose. I'd say "out of this world" since I
can't pinpoint the aroma to any specific existence on
earth...but maybe it's due to my olfactory weakness....
If I could I'd get all of Ayu off Taha's hands, except perhaps
a bottle for him as a memento, for old time's sake. If only I
At the begining it smells like cola which brings out some good
memories from the childhood looool, it is as you described it
. After few minutes the oud smell will be more clear and it is
indeed strong and has a high projection.
I get a green lemon / lime peel at the top, then aspects
coriander and thyme at the heart and the base becomes more
classic Malay like Kemewahan.
Your description is perfect, I couldn't add anything to that
except to say that this cola-lime note is a dancing one. The
opening is one of the most gorgeous openings I've ever
smelled, and the dry down has a beautiful expression of Malay
DNA front and centre.
Ayu. Not a gentle oil. It’ll try to kick in the door to
The dry flower sweetness of the ayu. **** man
There is a point where it is like inderapura but then it goes
in a totally different direction.
This is easily the most crowd-friendly oud I have ever
smelled, which is another means of saying it is drop-dead
beautiful. Diffusive in a way that I would previously never
have thought possible in an oil; sparkling in a way that would
normally imply alcohol aided evaporation off the skin. It is
green in an unmistakably Malay expression of the colour, with
a predominant lime note - but lime like the lime-flavoured
gummy bear as opposed to the fruit. Nevertheless there are
zesty citrus overtones, but these are by the way, and don't
impact on the depth of the scent, which is relayed through the
'oudiness' that holds the entire structure of the scent
together. What starts off as this incredible western perfume
gathers itself ever more into its West Malaysian heart and the
dry down is pure sumptuous 'oudiness'. This is not a comfort
scent for me, it is a scintillating declaration of the
perfume-like heights that oud can attain to. The very best
thing about it is the crystal-cut top notes that is the
singular triumph of Agar Aura oils. Imagine kola-green notes
that seem to glint in the light when you smell them. With the
middle and base notes that they sit on top of, the combination
is magical. For all that this oil is not lightweight at all,
it has a deeply grounded heart which is the background for the
all the dancing notes. One of my all time favourites from Agar
Aura which is really saying something, especially given the
price. Would love to hear more thoughts about this incredible
Ayu reminded me of Berkilau laced with cola bottles