So you thought Cambodian oud HAS to be tutti fruity.
Don't blame yourself - up until now, all Cambodian oud oils in
the market have indeed had a dominant fruit element (in various
degrees, of course). In fact our most recent prior Cambodian oud
release, L'Essentiel Cambodgien, was just about the
fruitiest oud you ever smelled.
Well, I'm here to tell you, that's NOT always supposed to be the
Khmer Special K is the purest expression of Cambodian
oleoresin. Not just that, but this oil was extracted from a very
special batch of wild Koh Kong agarwood, which I traveled long
and far just to get a hold of. It is one of five very
special 'Special K' batches of agarwood: insanely awesome
batches of agarwood that displayed stunning streaks of Kinamic
awesomeness — hence the K in 'Special K'.
And there’s virtually no fruit here.
Is it a case of clever tricks or auxiliary notes? Far from it.
This is the purest unwarped expression of Cambodian oud
oleoresin, like you've never smelled before.
From our previous offerings, the finest Cambodian oud was Royal
Pursat, followed by King Koh Kong.
Khmer Special K is nothing like them, nor like ANY other
Cambodian oud, for that matter. And it runs circles around all
the Cambodian oud oils I have ever smelled before.
Many of you by now have probably smelled a few different
specimens of Kyara (Kinam). All have probably been of Vietnamese
What's the only Kyara, of Japanese-acknowledged origin,
that almost no one today has ever smelled? Cambodian.
Well folks, here is your chance to discover what that smells
like. No, this isn’t kyara. But it is so hauntingly reminiscent
of Cambodian kyara (and in the form of an easily wearable oil),
that you won't feel like you missed out on raw Cambodian kyara.
The aroma: green resin and sweet wood, with a backdrop of the
smoothest pansy purple that emerges about half an hour after
application. Virtually no fruits, no florals, or other accessory
notes to speak of. Of course, no barn.
No soak smell, no pot smell, no condenser smell, no flame smell.
Basically, no auxiliary notes here. Zero. Zilch.
Just as the flavor of strawberries cannot be likened to any
other fruit, so too I cannot compare the aroma of this oil to
any common metaphors which could help you guesstimate what it
smells like. It is simply a reflection of Cambodian kyara, that
is the best descriptor.
Like her 'Special K' sisters of other countries, Khmer Special K
was lovingly hand-cooked by me. The level of care and attention
paid to the distillation would certify me as clinically insane
by any psychologist.
Four ingredients... sweat, tears, sleepless nights, and most
importantly: awesome agarwood.
I hope you will love this oud as much as the love that was put
into crafting it.