Like Koh Kong in Cambodia, Nha Trang in Vietnam, and Malinau in
Indonesia, most oils coming from India are marketed as genuine
'Assam' oud, when they actually are not.
And most that are at least from Assam, were actually distilled
from cultivated trees but sold as wild; they all have the same
common thread running through them.
Food for thought: in the wild, even two trees that stood a meter
apart in the jungle will not yield oils that smell the same.
Chamkeila is wild Assamese to the bone, and a full-blown Gen3
oud, so it possesses the delightful esoteric nuances of Indian
agarwood, and zooms into them with stunning clarity.
But this time, instead of the Dean&Stark setup that was used
(the first time in India), we decided to
utilize an Indonesian style fully vertically-aligned setup
(another first in India). This setup ensured the lowest
distillation temperature possible
So this is as pristine, unwarped and impeccable as an oud gets.
And this is Assam... as Assam
as Assam can get.
No floral or fruity accents to speak of. Honey, yes. A ton of
musk (Chamkeila is 'clean' yet more indolic than the ripest deer
musk macerated in the most sensuous jasmine oil). And most
importantly: tobacco (pouch tobacco as well as hooka-style
candied tobacco), henna and warmed spices.
Assamese oud is much like genuine Koh Kong oud,
in that they both have hefty dosages of tobacco and spices. I
for one have wondered if there's a reason behind this, its
interesting that Assam in India and Koh Kong in Cambodia both
produce agarwood that share these same scent notes. And its oils
from precisely these two regions that have gained a reputation
in the market like no others could.
An intriguing coincidence, at the very least.
So there you have it folks. This is a Gen3 oud, so the unique
Assamese characteristics are as pronounced as possible (word to
the wise: use this oil as a yardstick to ascertain if other
alleged Assamese oils are or aren't genuine). Chamkeila's twin
distillation Shano Shokat
on the other hand was more
'old school' in flavor.
But at the core, you will find the same unmistakable wild
, we reintroduced archetypal, genuine
Koh Kong in a market that's full of false claimants.
I hope that with these two Assamese oud oils, you get a good
idea of what a genuine wild Assamese oud should
is what happened after I opened the package.. I went for
Chamkeila first, removed the cap and sniffed the bottle with
the dipstick still in unopened.. wait.... what???.. sniff
again.. and yes that Indian Oud minus the barnyard
completely!.. after applying it, I smell honey and very
prominent black tea+ green tea oil extracts (and not the tea
itself).. notes of tobacco in the drydown along with abit of
sweetness and scent of the Oud wood itself unburnt.. it
keeps evolving every hour... I feel while applying it, a
touch of deer musk and rose, will make it a completely
A.A. (Abu Dhabi)
note : this oil is intense , my nose moved in tingled
, that's how pungent & potent it is.Gave me dejavu of
Sasora Jinkoh. No barnyard at all. Balsamic spice and
tangy top note lingers for hours with floral animalic notes.
( notes get stronger after 10 minutes & changes
,incredible how your oils do that )
Middle note : I am past 5 hours in the work day and top note
is still strong . Spicy note comes out not overpowering the
top not incredible & amazing.
Base note : dry Down is nice on the skin . Wild woods on the
skin and top note is still there with spicy dry
All I can say SubanAllah!
an oil, that in my experience is not immediately barn but
does have that backbone and it has the most pristine,
concrete indolic note I've ever smelled in an oil. In
Ensar's blurb about his Assam Organic he states, "The oud
that was used to scent the cloth of the Holy Kaaba in
Mecca", and it too is a lusciously beautiful oil. But, when
I first smelled Taha's Chamkeila I was like, no THIS is the
oud of Al Kaaba Al Musharrafah.
huile est de l'or dans une bouteille !
Oui , une odeur réellement dorée , limpide , qui coule et
dure longtemps en plus. Des petites notes mentholées
s'expriment également quelques temps après l'avoir
appliquée... Effectivement (Ok avec l'avis de certains ) la
plus belle huile de ma collection , à présent. (Remarque :
j'ai pourtant adoré Shano shokat avec laquelle effectivement
, je sens bien le lien de parenté , mais aujourd'hui , ma
préférence penche pour Chamkeila !)
...How did you do it? I should probably analyze this for
another day but it was so amazing at the first try that I
had to write this back to you. This is probably what
"Hindi Oud" must have smelled like in olden days... For all
these years I just refused to believe that the most renowned
oud thousand of years ago was hindi oud that today smells
like barnyard (most of the time). But with Chamkeila I
am convinced this how it must have been.. sweet honey.. a
faint spicy note.. musky for sure! Wow! Just wow!
truly is sublime! I never felt like I want to huff my wrist!
(I think that's the right word).
couldn't resist a swipe of Chamkeila. I like it! A Hindi
that's not a Hindi- well that's a pretty pickle!
is an extraordinarily lavish and delightful Indian/Assamese
oud. Honey-musk oudy goodness on this one - the aroma is
absolutely saturated with character and intrigue.. While it
is "zero barnyard" the musky quality makes it nevertheless
sort of animalic/funky.. A most unusual funkiness - has
vague similarity in terms of the funkiness to Sultan Afnan
(EO), an oud from an altogether different region of the
world.. I predict Chamkeila will be among many people's
favorite Agar Aura ouds in time..
nice and complex zero barn Hindi. Definitely with Taha's
signature all over it.
spend time with cham yesterday and the scent is gorgeous...
very nice zero barn hindi indeed. I get a strong reminder of
patchouli in the opening. Never thought that Hindis could
smell like that.