am delighted to release our first ever Syed Series
oud oil publicly. Up until now, these oils were offered
privately to a handful of individuals. However,
considering the cost, yield, and significance of this
batch of oud, it is now available for one and all.
As with all Syed Series oils, the batch
of wood that was used for extracting Ceylon No.2 displayed
remarkable properties, most significantly the property of
emitting a strong ambient aroma even without being exposed
This property is an indication of the quality of the tree
itself: as the tree gets extremely big and old decade
after decade, it reaches a point where it continuously
compresses the heartwood inside, leading to something very
interesting: a special anoxic 'aging' of the oeloresin
inside the tree.
Agarwood from such trees displays the beautiful quality of
ambient aroma, along with a higher concentration of some
very yummy scent notes (vanillin notably being one of
them) – a type of scent profile that many folks often
mistakenly associate with kinam.
Like all Syed Series distillations, this
is a gift. Please note: the typical price for an oil of
this calibre, extracted from wood of this grade, would go
for about $900/bottle wholesale-priced.
But Ceylon No.2 is released in memory of my past struggles
and losses in Sri Lanka. Coupled with Agar Aura's
yield-boosting techniques (and the fact that all Syed
Series oils are practically sold near cost price), you're
getting this oil for about a quarter of the price it would
otherwise command elsewhere.
The opening notes are diffusive, bright,
and otherworldly. Green, crystalline, with hints of honey
and mint. Like all Syed Series oils, this is a Gen3 oud
with extra emphasis put on the ambient aroma
more than the heated aroma of the wood. And so, very soon
the aroma of spices and crushed vanilla pods simmering in
butter emerges, along with mouth-watering ripe pawpaw,
juicy guava and mee amba Ceylonese mango between
crimson and ochre. The drydown is an extension of all the
preceding scent notes, but with more emphasis on the
resinous and sweet-woody accents. Sweet in its bitterness,
and bitter in its sweetness.
Simply put: the aroma is the most accurate depiction of
Sri Lankan Walla Gyrinops agarwood.
As for her sister distillation, Ceylon
No.1, then the cost was far higher due to a high
concentration of sinking grade wood comprising the raw
material. Its aroma is something that we mere mortals
aren't quite ready for.. at least not yet. I myself have
not been able to wrap my head around its unearthly scent.
Every time I smell it, I encounter an aroma that is not of
this world. And so, until I am able to put it in words (if
I ever manage to) that oil won't see the sun of day.
Were it not for that, Ceylon No.1 would have been our
first Sri Lankan release.
If you have smelled any of our other Syed
Series oils (2 sandalwood and 5 oud distillations), you'll
have a good idea what to expect from Ceylon No.2.
If you haven't, prepare yourself for an incredible
For your enjoyment, here is a video
capturing the birth of Ceylon No.1 & No.2:
What others said about this product:
It is extraordinarily beautiful...and so refined. And
there is that wonderful mysterious walla patta note
right at the heart of it which I adore. Thank you from
the bottom of my heart.
I have tried no 2 twice so far. Is it me or do I find a
'squeezed wood aroma' similar to that of NG1? Not saying
they are exactly the same but it has this light incensy
The honey note is also there in Ceylon No. 2. Strong and
sweet. Like a type of natural sugar. Neither of
your Al-Syed Ceylon oils were anything like I imagined
they might be. I must say that they are both astounding.
Today is a wonderful day as my hand is blessed with
the aroma of Ceylon No.2. A gorgeous smell...to me it
appears supremely refined and elegant. Crystal green
with tropical sweetness.
Top note : smelling it from the applicator has very
medicinal smell almost like a Chinese herbal shop. There
is a animalic - civet , minty menthol floral notes from
another planet when applied on the skin. Not a barnyard
at all. Amazing & 1st for my nose . Never
encountered this profile, SubanAllah! ( & definitely
has the kinam scent back drop , very medicinal)
Middle note : vanillin and floral notes coming
back-and-forth , little vibe of Borneo but not in scent
profile. I profile in its own. Medicinal top notes still
Base note : menthol powdery musky and dry down is
relaxing and interesting .
What a journey in a bottle , my 1st Srilanka
Oud experience, JazakAllah Taha Bhaia for
experiencing a new scent profile for my olfactory
The oils are, of course, amazing! The translucency of
the scent each one emits is unparalleled. When wearing
them both, you develop a clear image of how they relate
to each other on the olfactory spectrum. It's obvious
they're nearly identical in note composition, but it's
as if #1 reverberates on higher frequency when compared
to it's sibling, #2. The notes are really interesting.
Here's what I get: (in no particular order) bergamot
preserves, crushed mint leaves dipped in luscious Borneo
oil, lavender absolute, white tea, your Tan Xiang No.1
sandalwood oil (seriously!), honey-roasted sunflower
seeds, a hint of cilantro leaves and fresh ginger. These
notes are so tightly woven, I think I could pick this
yarn apart indefinitely, discovering brand new strands
This has been so much fun!