is one out of only 3 oud oils we have ever
crafted, that falls under a unique category that is one of the
rarest you ever come across.
I like to call it 'barn without barn'.
Strictly speaking, this is a Gen4 oud oil (read more about that
However, like only a couple other distillations, Mahabali is an
oud that grabbed the reigns the moment the oil started dripping
into the collector, and shaped for itself an aromatic profile
that was completely unexpected, and way, way
the sum of its parts.
Typically, folks who have climbed the oud ladder ultimately
graduate to the stage where they're able to appreciate and enjoy
the barnyard genre of Indian oud oils. For most people though,
oud oils with animalic, feral and other funky notes.. simply
aren't fit for wearing as perfume.
Mahabali changes that paradigm.
This is an oud oil that delivers all of the satisfaction of
barnyard-genre oud... without the barn. The moment you swipe it
on, your nose might think
it detects barn. The
resemblance to the deep bellowing base of fermented (barnyard)
oud is uncanny.
Hint: imagine the finest traditional Indian
ouds, aging for decades having mellowed the barnyard smell to
reveal the rich base. And now, imagine even that mellow
barnyard element eliminated.
Fermentation of the raw material, as a tool in distillation, is
something that opens up vistas in the scent profile that
otherwise remain locked up. But the downside of fermentation, of
course, is the permanent warping of the oud oil's scent profile.
For crafting Mahabali, there was no fermentation of the raw
material. In fact microbial activity of every sort was kept at
bay, for every step of the process. What you smell in this oud
is the sheer energy that the raw material itself possessed. And
part of that energy is what you typically only experience in
fermented/funky Indian oud oils, but here of course there's no
Mahabali was distilled using wild-harvested agarwood from the
mountains surrounding Mokokchung, Nagaland. The Gen4 style of
cooking shaped its 'mountain oud' aroma in such a way that it
changed the daintiest of all Indian aloes (Nagaland) into quite
literally the most intense, teeth-numbing, mind-spinning Agar
Aura oud of all times (past, present, and stocked future oils
included). The depth of the aroma is such that just when you
think you've finally reached the bottom of it, you discover it
goes even further.
It surpasses even Hindi Brut
in its ability to make
you light-headed, transporting your mind to a different space
(unlike the former, Mahabali not only boasts Gen4 richness, but
also comprises of every single
fraction of the oleoresin).
Dark-roasted hazelnuts, dark-roasted cacao beans, scorched
spices, hay, and rubbed wood, doused in inky black Agarospirol.
This is one serious heavy-weight oud.
What's the most enjoyable stage of barnyard-genre oud oils? Its
when the funky top notes fade away, and the rich base starts to
Mahabali is that base, from beginning to end.
If you're generally averse to funky Indian ouds, there's no
question that your collection needs Mahabali. Now you can
experience the same psychoactive effects that diehard fans of
funky Hindis live for, without the steep learning curve... and
without the funk.