valuable than its weight in gold and even rarer, Kencana
few remnants of a category of oud around which the clouds of mystery
and fabrication grow thicker and darker.
you strolled around the agarwood markets in Tarakan half a decade
ago, you would have noticed that kilogram-for-kilogram, wood from the
Malinau region of Borneo island generally commanded double the price
compared to wood from any other region of the island. And if it was
Malinau wood, a quick flick of your lighter would have proven why.
I say 'if' because cheating existed even then, as sellers realized that
by slapping a "Malinau" label onto their wares they could easily double
to today, and matters are only worse. Non-Malinau agarwood
being sold as Malinau wood, and fake agarwood outnumbering even that.
Wildfires burning down large forests across Indonesia. Trees being
razed to the ground to set up palm and rubber plantations.
is 100% wild-harvested, anything-but-ordinary, classic Malinau
oud. Distilled not from bunk wood, but from true incense-grade raw
materials. And its scent has absolutely nothing to do with the readily
available 'Malinau ouds' distilled from artificially-inoculated or
younger wild trees.
effulgence. Penetrating, ethereal, uplifting opening. Juicy pears,
grapefruit and ripe melons, accentuated by delicious honey and vanillic
woody notes. A syrupy base of caramelized palm sugar.
to Kencana v1, this batch smells 'denser' and has a crisp
green opening note much like Jiwa Borneo.
There was only a limited
quantity of v1 that was available, so if you missed out on getting a
bottle, here's your chance to claim yours now!
others said about this product:
been walking around with my nose at my wrist, inhaling Kencana like it
was an airplane oxygen bag. I completely understand why this
wiped out your stock of this stuff; and had I tried it sooner, I would
have definitely hoarded a few bottles for myself. While it is
overall an unmistakable Borneo, it has none of its typical whistling
notes (which I sometimes find distracting), and a remarkable mid-range
tenor of pollen and honey - to my nose, the very very best parts of a
good Borneo, which if present at all, tend to be so fleeting!
None of the oils I have from these regions display this kind of
persistent aura of diffusive, almost floral (yet so much more),
At 13 hours,
it had acquired what I can only call a translucency where it had become
more soft and sheer, but also perhaps slightly floral. Really beautiful
and this might have been the best part, though I loved all of the
It is vertically very deep and as the days go by the strength of the
scent doesn't shy away, rather a new dimension opens up. It has many
layers, and one of the best parts of this is that you have been able to
sustain through your low heat extraction the lightly woody scent that
comes across through out the layers, like a feather breeze of the
finest Malinua being burnt in the distances. After 3-4 days on the
cotton test I experienced the cool fresh scent similar to the slashing
of bamboo leaves. It has been over a week now and this oil is still
producing different tones on the cotton test. Well done to you for this.
Kencana, I basically got very fresh, sort of pine like notes. I'm
really not one for mental imagery - but this had me envisaging forests!
The drydown smells smooth and creamy, with hints of sweet fruit.
Longevity is very good.
I put on today Kencana what a wonderful smell pls pls pls keep one
bottle for me assume it is sold.
T.A. (Abu Dhabi)
wonderfully sweet and fresh. It
doesn't feel dark or heavy at all.
It has that nice uplifting feel to it. Like it's full of cheer and
goodwill. The base of it has that nice deep woodiness. Deep, but it
never takes away from the lightness of the other notes.
Kencana is very nice, it comes across as a high quality Borneo oud,
with a deep, dark woodiness in the base and some very ethereal top
notes. I like it a lot.
As for Kencana, I'm lost for words at the momment. The first time I
inhaled it the intoxicating Bornean opening with hints of mellowed
honey and lemon put a smile on my face and I knew this is an oud I MUST
If anything changes and you decide to sell more Kencana, I wold take
more of that one in a second!!! You already know that both
Kuno Kayu versions still rank as my favorites, and Kencana reminds me
very much of those, so if any other customers hesitate in purchasing
please keep me in mind!!!