in the past has such a splendid
Indian oud graced AgarAura's collection, nor can I imagine any in the
future coming close to it.
a 70-80 year old wild-harvested tree from the legendary far-eastern
state of Manipur in India, this is easily the most precious Indian oud
you can lay your hands on.
Koh Kong became famous for agarwood in Cambodia, or Khanh Hoa in
Vietnam, or Malinau in Borneo, Manipur long held the status of having
the most sought-after agarwood in the world. One swipe
of Manipura will
show you why.
distillers have rarely been interested in capturing the aroma of
burning agarwood chips in the oils they produce. To them, oud oils and
oud wood are two completely different scent categories despite their
common source. The distillation techniques employed are geared towards
one thing: maximum yield, even if it results in an inferior aroma. This
has especially been the case with Indian oud oils.
AgarAura introduced oils like Aatma and Royal
Assam, a new breed of Indian
ouds, crafted specifically with the aim of capturing the true aromatic
essence of Indian agarwood.
And now, for the first time you have the opportunity to try an Indian
oud of this breed, from the famed state of Manipur.
Oud there is an
abundance of dried cherries and sweet tobacco, as well as summer
berries. But Manipura is unique in that it has more top notes than I
have smelled in any other Indian oud, particularly an unusual lemon
cream pie aroma that emerges a little while after applying the oil.
Dried cherries, berries and lemon cream pie scent notes it may have,
but this oil is far from resembling a fruit chew or bon bon. These
notes are inherently part of the aromatic composition of Manipuri
Manipura also has some subtle peppery notes which are generally
experienced when heating Indian agarwood and rarely seen in Indian oud
large part of the batch was sold before being officially released, so
make sure you get your bottle of Manipura before its all gone!
others said about this product:
to let you know I am enjoying the oils I have received. I particularly
like the Manipuri, your description fits very well with what I am
I find this the most complete and multifaceted oil, with all the
elements perfectly balanced - and to me - perfectly wearable. While I
think the term gets bandied about a little too much at times - this oil
I tried a
drop of the Manipura and it was amazing!! Maybe one of the
Hindi ouds ever! When I applied to my wrist it smelled as
I was burning the agarwood right on the spot. I love the tobacco and
leather notes, but the fruity notes blend in perfectly as well, and no
off putting notes whatsoever!
The Indian oil is amazing....
This is the first Indian oud I can honestly say that I love. It has
made a believer of me! : )
...Even though this oil is rich and full and powerful, there is an
ethereal quality, a... delicacy... that I personally have come to
associate with great oud. I think it was created with a light and
practiced hand... if that makes any sense?
Manipura is spectacular! When it's on my skin, I feel like I'm wearing
art. It smells both ancient and new at the same time.
The Manipura: a scent of suede leather immediately after swiping the
oil. Some herbal notes accompany it after a few minutes.
Then the scent shifts towards sweet toffee and semi-dark chocolate. A
very minimal barnyard base note seems to back up and enhance this scent
Yet half an hour later the notes have unified in the delicious aroma of
cedar and sandalwood- slightly bitter-sweet, woody and incense-y.
Longevity is excellent- it lasted more than eight hours, even though I
had only applied a small swipe from the sample vial.
Manipura will make you fall in love with Indian Oud. This one can
easily be worn at the office, or in public, as it comes without any
Agar Aura’s Manipura is a melange of fruit paste, healthy
barnyard, earthy and smoky wood notes. It opens with whiffs of dried
raisins, blackberries and Brunello wine, which imbue the scents of
life-giving loam and purring suede with ample sweetness. As
notes fade, flame fingers tickling crimson leaves brighten, and
dustings of powdered chalk add wisps of lightness to this brawny
effusion. Russet and auburn colors, pastoral symphonies, sweet and
umami tastes, and nappy and pebbled textures define this long lasting,
rugged and sinew-y oud.
Rarely do I come across Indian ouds in which thick fruit notes play a
dominant role so I am especially happy that Agar Aura has made Manipura
available. Thank you, Ta!