Dao is Laotian for "star".
In the wilderness, when you gaze at the stars studding a clear
night sky, its a wondrous sight to behold. Unscathed by
metropolitan light pollution, the glittering canvas stretching
across the heavens is a sight the modern-day urbanite seldom
gets to witness.
Dao is a wild pusong (high mountain) Lao oud
Untainted by distillation techniques that have come to
define, for many, what Laotian oud 'should' smell like, this oil
instead smells like what it should smell like: the
wood it was extracted from. An aroma the modern-day oud lover
seldom gets to experience.
Although in terms of the grade of wood used for this
distillation Dao is the introductory level oil from the 3-part
series, it is by no means a low quality oil.
Quick refresher: even less resinated wood from a high
quality (old) tree if distilled with love and care, will yield
an oil superior to that extracted from more resinated wood
that was harvested from a low grade young tree.
Dao embodies the most salient features of the rare Aquilaria
Sinensis specie of agarwood. Like a cross between
agarwood from Central Vietnam, Hainan, and Myanmar, it possesses
some of the aromatic facets of each of them.
Pungent, rooty, bitter woody, medicinal, this is as "oudy"
as oud gets.
I am genuinely over the moon. I have never experienced a
Laotian like Dao before! From my initial assessment, clearly
it's an oil that is heart and base-heavy, and so oudy, just
how I like them.
In Dao I get notes of fruit laced tobacco, slight notes of American ginseng all wrapped in a spicy oudy core. Colors that come to mind are orange and yellow. Instantly likable!
I am loving the Dao it is my first Laos oil and I am still
studying it, it smells great with a complexity I didnít expect
from the lower grade of the 3. It definitely reminds me of
Vietnam oil but with a twist.
Smells like a quality oil,reminds me a bit of Chinese oil with
slight medicinal edge and something else, I want to say
vanilla but that doesn't sound quite right, also gets a nod to
its proximity to Vietnam. Really nice oil that I will be
wearing a lot
Raw, unfiltered, Chinese and medicinal Vietnam combined = Oud
and nothing else.