Lively and vivacious, Kalyani bursts with energy.
She's beautiful too, exceedingly so in fact.
After all, she hails from Nagaland – the region in India that
boasts the prettiest smelling agarwood.
You may have already tried the deep, dark, and mighty Mahabali
and perhaps one day you will also encounter the dainty (and
oh-so-beautiful) little sis Lavanya – all wild
In many ways, Kalyani is closer to Lavanya. But whereas Lavanya
is so exceedingly pristine and beautiful that you'd
almost think its not of this earth, Kalyani will likely hit it
closer to home for many.
For all intents and purposes, Kalyani is the aroma of Nagaland
wood heated by a Japanese Monkoh master. Its like
Lavanya with amplified woody and spicy accents... which makes
sense, because during a Monkoh session some of the wood fibers
are unavoidably pyrolyzed and some additional compounds from the
wood aside from the oleoresin are also released.
This is the aroma of Kalyani.
And so, for all you fans of the low-temperature method of
heating agarwood, this oud oil represents just about the most
accurate aroma of gently heated Nagaland agarwood.
Sticky dried cherries, sweet almond, fennel, suggestions of
tobacco and molasses, regal incense, and singed wood. Nagaland
to the bone.
Did I mention how darn beautiful she is?
Balance of inward/outward. If this oil’s character was best
described with a colour, it would be deep red verging on
garnet. Oh my. Those sticky dried red fruits (sour cherry?),
wine soaked mature tobacco leaves, spiced pipe tobacco, clean
almost unused saddle leather and warm xmas spices. After the
oil settles, red radiates thru before the wood notes linger
while the dried fruits, spices and tobacco poke out here and
No animal. No florals. No bitter. All about fruit, spice and
delicate fermented notes (not sour but more umami richness)
Final impressions: delicious. medium+ complexity in terms of
both development (vertical) and horizontal (at same giving
time). I love it.
I am very much impressed with the quality of your oud. This is
the second time I have smelled such a great quality oud, it's
similar to the Indonesian oud I bought, from Singapore. That's
the reason I was surprised that this is Assamese oud, because
the Indian oud often have a fungal smell, unlike your oud.
Its amazing really long time a hindi oud blow me like that the
cherry note and the red profile...
She's beautiful. Reminds me of sultan's succor but where SS is
dark, smoky, gauzy, K is lighter, rouged and...woodier? My
words don't do justice to the oils!
The Nagalands blow me away to think that they were distilled
from the same wood and it amazes me to see how the technique
applied changes the profiles so much. Quite amazing. I really
love them both but my taste swings a little more to Kalyani
but again Mahabali calls me back in other ways as well.
Extremely nice oil done right. Has just the right combo of
tangy, sweet and spice.
Very few oud oils have wow'ed me but the ones at the top of my
list are Ceylon 1 and Kalyani, which I'd definitely consider
En fait j'ai cru un instant que Mahabali était de Gen 3. Mais
si cette huile , comme kalyani est plus précise et moins large
dans son spectre de notes , elle n'en est pas moins complexe ,
subtile , dans sa profondeur ! Oui , c'est ça ! Moins large
,certe , mais plus verticale et profonde et complexe dans
cette profondeur ! D'où son intérêt...
Aussi , après d'autres essais entre kalyani et Mahabali ,
aujourd'hui , ma préférence va vers Kalyani , car , en
définitive plus souple , un peu moins brut que Mahabali. (Mais
c'est surtout à la fin du développement , ou encore , lorsque
je ne suis plus dans l'odeur et que d'un coup je ressens
l'huile , l'une me semble plus crémeuse et sans doute plus
attirante pour l'autre. Et encore , ce n'est pas tant sur ma
peau mais plutôt sur les vêtements que la différence se
marque...) Et puis , là , je suis dans l'analyse mais parfois
, je ne sais pourquoi , une odeur me surprend plus qu'une
autre , m'attirant pour des raisons difficilement explicables
(du moins au premier abord...)
Such a rich woody smell, both ethereal and earthy - highly
resinous, just beautiful.. These "zero barnyard" Indian ouds
Taha has been crafting are remarkable - whereas Borneo and
Malaysian ouds are often floral, Cambodian ouds fruity, New
Guinea ouds green and jungly smelling, these Indian ouds are
what I think of as a true wood smell..
In my personal experience, it took a very long study of Taha's
Kalyani to really see what was meant by the oleoresin in
relation to other auxiliary notes. I followed the curriculum,
and I believe that I learned from it. Certainly my nose now
confirms a lot of what especially Ensar and Taha have written
about their oils.
after spending about three weeks going between Chamkeila and
Kalyani...I absolutely adore those meditations. It really
feels like a study session where I have to clear my mind and
explore all the nuances. It's a calming and therapeutic few
minutes I have with them most nights. I particularly love
Kalyani, which is just sweet heart note after sweet heart
note. I don't know how to describe it, but I've hardly ever
felt so drawn to the heart of an oil before, where I just want
to abide there and dwell amidst the honey and woods. It is
truly one of my favourite ouds.
My first impression is a warm, red oudiness followed closely
by a complex and beautiful assortment of notes that are
balanced but hard to decipher. Like Ceylon 1 this is out
there... more approachable and more beautiful, but still
almost overwhelming in complexity. There are a lot of facets
of oud in balance with one another, not sure how this would
even be classified... it's like one all-encompassing oil. It's
gentle though, the oil is not extremely strong or shocking to
smell, it might be confused with something more ordinary if
you just got a passing whiff of it... it's introverted,
probably not something you'd put on for others but it offers
the wearer a very special experience. This and Ceylon 1 are
oils that will take a long time to fully appreciate, they're
just so complex and different.
I was able to take a sniff of the new Indian oil from Agar
Aura - "Kalyani" - this one is just incredible! It's one jewel
after another with the Indian oils by Taha..