There's a reason why there hasn't been a
single Agar Aura distillation of Borneo agarwood in almost two years.
Sure, there are plenty of wild agarwood
trees in Borneo (one of the densest population in the world right now).
But the quality of the
agarwood, even from very old trees, simply doesn't match up to the
likes of what could be found a decade or two ago. Nowadays, Borneo oud
oils usually smell like stale peanuts, fertilizer, or bugspray -- or a
combination of these bizarre scent notes.
has none of that.
Of the three new key updates to Agar
Aura distillation philosophy, Keemanasan
represents the quality factor
the most. Of
course achieving its aroma would have been impossible without the
correct setup (in this case, hybrid copper + stainless steel at the pot
level, and a gigantic glass condenser + fractional collection system)
as well as all-new Agar Aura distillation techniques (a
secret), but without a doubt, the most prominent factor was the quality
of the raw materials. Not just quantitative (i.e. the visible oleoresin
content) but also qualitative (featuring the incredible aroma of old, old, old-growth Borneo trees).
Keemasan was extracted from West Borneo Aquilaria Microcarpa
agarwood, so its all heart notes. Golden, thrumming heart notes.
Crisp golden woodiness in the opening accompanied by rich florals like
and honeysuckle, and
gentler powdery-woodiness in the drydown. There is a faint but clearly
distinct note of unfermented Pu-erh tea that keeps the drydown from
becoming cloyingly sweet.
In other words: this is the aroma of the finest Microcarpa
agarwood from West
Borneo. To wood connoissuers, smelling this oil will be like inhaling
the aroma of heated Borneo Microcarpa through an olfactory 'magnifying
glass'. To those who are less acquainted with the whole wood burning
thing, this will be an otherwordly scent, an aroma you would never
have imagined could come from a tree.
Keemasan gives you a glimpse of the
inner scent dimensions of West Borneo Microcarpa.
Next in the series: a West Borneo Beccariana
oil which is all top notes, as well as a co-distillation of Borneo Beccariana, Microcarpa, and Malaccensis.
others are saying about this product:
WOW not what I was
expecting at all. I got hit with lilacs about a half hour into it, just
MashAllah it is the most unique Borneo oil in my experience. The subtle
floral sweet dry down is unbelievable!!!
oil has the green opening that I would expect, but it had what I can
only refer to as a "complexity" that I didn't know how to
describe. Perhaps this "complexity" I can't properly articulate
is the "florals" you refer to?
What a great, woody/honey dry down.
Keemasan takes floral to another level. I mean this oil can play
tricks on you! It can do some dead on impersonations of certain
floral terpenes. You will say "wait a second is that coming from
the oud at my wrist? It projects. At other times it even
improves on certain scent notes. Like if vanilla was somehow
better than vanilla is... as if you could smell the orchid in the bean
if that makes any sense.
It just does something remarkable on my skin and transforms into pure
Blast of honey in
the opening, powdery Borneo oil with luscious floral elements, paired
with pomegranate, very nice oil.
Keemasan is overwhelmingly oudy, it's hard to describe, but the facet
of this oil that is at the heart of oud is very prominent, moreso that
other Borneo ouds I have tried. The oud note is surrounded by an
etherial woodiness that I associate with Borneo ouds that make them
bright and shimmering, I do agree this oil features heart notes most
prominently but the ethereal topnotes I expect to find in a Borneo oud
are definitely there as well. Also, there are some floral notes and a
touch of creaminess.
I get usual Borneo profile, but there is a ripe raspberry note that
peaks out. Really beautiful. I think this is a keeper as well.
Today I have on Keemasan...a very lovey and high quality Bornean oil
The experience was of
soaring transcendence, the shear complexity, brightness and positivity
are far beyond either of the Borneo ouds I own (--, --). It is
the first time I have perceived sweetness from a Borneo oud.