long last, its here. Agar Aura's very own wild Vietnamese oud.
Unmatched, sublime. The ultimate 'holy grail' oud.
Before the production of Betonamu Jinkoh, Agar Aura's
official response to the question "which country's oud is the best?"
was that ouds of all
countries are great, in their own way.
Well, Betonamu Jinkoh changes that.
One whiff of its unearthly aroma and you'll realize that your oud
collection, no matter how impressive, has been lacking without this oil.
Betonamu Jinkoh is part of our Jinkoh Series (read more here), and the aim behind its
production was to approximate the aroma of the most prized agarwood:
However, out of respect for genuine Vietnamese Kyara, we are simply
calling this oud Betonamu Jinkoh - Japanese for 'Vietnamese agarwood'.
wild-harvested raw material was obtained from the prized bottle-neck
region of Central Vietnam - the key source of Japanese-certified Kyara.
Given the extinct (and prized far
more than any other agarwood) nature of this wood, this turned out to
be our costliest oud distillation ever.
Although Kyara is actually a rare
sub-category of agarwood, we couldn't afford to run a distillation of
actual Vietnamese Kyara (a small-scale distillation would run in the
So we did the next best thing: we used Vietnamese agarwood (see actual
raw material here)
from the same jungles where the best Kyara is found (Nha Trang region),
ensured that its aromatic profile was as close as possible to true
And then the fun began...
This is where Agar Aura incorporated all
the tweaks necessary for shaping the aroma to achieve the desired
result. Having the experience of crafting the likes of Royal Chen Xiang, Ketenangan and Manaka Jinkoh, we already knew how
a distillation can be designed to give the oud strong Kyara-like
And now we had the additional advantages
of using wood that was not
just the same species but also from the same region as Vietnamese
Kyara, and even in its raw form it displayed many of the scent notes
that Green Kyara possesses.
By carefully planning every single aspect of the distilltion - and more
obsessively than ever before - we managed to
produce an oud of epic proportions.
Mustering every last ounce of humility,
we are extremely proud to proclaim that (aside from investing millions
to distill a tiny batch of actual Kyara) Betonamu Jinkoh will give you
the most accurate depiction of Vietnamese Kyara you will ever
No off notes. None of that over-the-top
fruitiness found in most Aquilaria
Crassna oud oils. No dustiness, sharpness, or greasiness.
Obviously no barnyard.
A perfect assortment of ethereal, milky, vanillic, resinous and
bitter-sweet woody notes.
This is the scent of Kyara in an oud
oil, like you never experiened before.
What others said about this product:
Betonamu Jinkoh -
contender for my favorite oud ever, the opening is earthy green and
decadent, then moving into a remarkable blue-airy aquatic quality
towards the drydown. This to me is symbolic of the extinction of
agarwood from this region - the history of many agarwood tress growing
and then being cut and carried away through the air. Similarly,
this oud starts deep and green and lush, and then floats into the
heavens on the drydown. However this floating away is not sad,
but joyful - perhaps because not only is the soul of the tree immortal,
but because trees are being planted, the species will not go extinct,
and a hundred years from now perhaps families will have tree filled
with king super grade chunks in their backyard - a gift from their
great-grandfather or great-grandmother who planted it back in 2016..
Dude, I am so impressed - the crafstmanship here is off the
charts.. I'm winding up like one of those people who writes super
abstract, metaphorical, superlative filled reviews - (mostly) all your
I'm in oud nirvana right now, man. Thanks again. Betonamu jinkho is
sitting in my safe at the moment. I smelled the dipstick and had to put
it away before i used some and became intoxicated by its beauty and
made an order that my wife wouldn't understand...haha.
Just tried your Betonamu Jinkoh today and wow, the top notes are really
green, cooling and sharp before transiting to a bittersweet incense
scent. Really impress with this oil!
This oil is a one of a kind. As I wrote, and meant it, this oil is
worth every penny and a lot more just to have been able to experience
I have […] and Betonamu definitely has it clean kinamic notes start to finish. It's creamy sweet too, wish I could eat it.
Simply the best. This is an oud of another world. To me it stands not
only shoulders but also feet above any other oil. From the bottle it is
already very promising with a rich and so good aroma. On skin it is
just unbelievable. I often read people considering some oils they like
as perfumes and I could myself do the analogy with some oils but ever
since I smelled Betonamu I had a different opinion. Betonamu is the
closest thing to what I would call a real perfume; all the notes are so
perfectly and harmoniously balanced, that is too good to be true. I
really think that oil has been blessed by Allah and I feel myself
blessed and lucky for the opportunity I had to smell it. If only
all the other oils could smell similarly and for a fraction of the
price hahahaha. This is one I will dearly cherish.