"What is this? Is this really oud?"
This may likely be your first reaction when you
smell Mokokchung Oud.
Technically, this is Indian oud. But as
far removed from traditional Indian ouds as you can imagine.
This is mountain oud, a
distinct category in and of itself.
Hunters have long known that agarwood
trees growing in mountainous areas yield
the sweetest smelling wood, especially those from craggy cliffs.
Mokokchung Oud will show you exactly why agarwood from mountains are so
The gentle sweetness of wildflower honey
is the most accurate simile for the aroma of this oud. It is already
the well-known key feature of agarwood from this region, but
extracting the oil from it makes it even
There is no burst of overwhelming notes
when you first apply the oil; the opening is silky smooth but that
doesn't mean its lacking in potency. It is potent but smooth, from
beginning to end.
As with most of Agar Aura's Indian oud
oils, which stand in stark contrast to mainstream 'Hindi ouds', the key
focus is to capture the most accurate expression of the agarwood
oleoresin. In the case of Mokokchung Oud, its unique geographical
origin gives the oil the most beautiful scent notes imaginable. Honey,
sweet fruits, sassafras and anise are intrinsically part of the aroma
of agarwood from Mokokchung, and they are especially pronounced in this
particular oud due to the unique distillation techniques employed for
crafting the oil.
Mokokchung Oud was extracted from very
old trees, close to a century old. The resulting richness in the oil is
clearly evident, and the unique techniques implemented by the distiller
one in India using these techniques, to my knowledge) ensured that the
aroma is presented in the most brilliant and most accurate way possible.
a limited time, every full bottle purchase will ship with a free sinking-grade agarwod chip.
Aside from the rarity of such wood (sinking grade Indian agarwood is
technically extinct), you will also be able to see for yourself how remarkably accurate the scent of
Mokokchung Oud is in capturing the aroma of high grade Indian mountain
What others are saying
about this product:
Can't even begin to tell
you how excited I was to wear it: believe it or not, this is the exact
scent profile I've been chasing for the past several years! Seriously.
A while back, when I was a doe-eyed Hindi oud novice, I stumbled across
this sort of fragrance. I can't remember specifically the origin of
that oil, other than it was a Hindi. The scent was so powerfully
evocative, so different, that it imprinted in my memory like a first
Fast forward to today, I
nearly screamed when the drop of MO started to warm up on my skin! This
was it - the ghost of hay fields steeped in milk and honey. Ahhhh.
The Mokokochung oil is
pretty special - many layers to explore :)
Lasting about 24 hours
and yet not long enough. Very much like Qademe with a sweet side.
The Mokochung is super
impressive. I have and really like the Nagaland I got from you,
which was very unique for an Indian oil as is this Mokochung.
Even more refined. The most elegant Indian I have ever
experienced for sure. Yet quite powerful! I was surprised and
really enjoyed the strength and lasting intensity. It has a
comforting quality...not sure if that is the right word, just a very
satisfying oil. Quite special.
It may be the most
beautiful Hindi I have had the pleasure of sampling.
A couple of swipes
of mokokchung and I was off on another wild AA oud
ride. Wow! How in the world do you get so many
subtle, not so subtle, and beautiful fragrances
from wood?! I smelled honey, vetiver/something a bit
zesty/citrusy, clean (awesome) loam, subtle leather, smoke and wood,
and on and on, as it slowly morphed on me. I will enjoy this oil
again tomorrow, no doubt.
I think I ruined the
undershirt, fyi. Stretched it out too far trying to get my nose
further in to inhale the oud more deeply. I know, TMI . . .
Thick with the sweet
scent of tart plums, black licorice and barberries, Mokochong’s dense
heart of dry, rough-sawn wood is anchored in primal, kneaded leather.
The imposing depth of its notes reflects the grandeur of the almost
century year old trees from which the oil was distilled, while its
clarity and transparency mirror the clean air and conical crispness of
its mountainous home.
Whenever I get a new oud
I put my nose to the neck of the bottle and inhale deeply, not once,
but over and over again. No matter how deeply I inhale, or for how
long, I haven’t been able to get to the “bottom” of Mokokchung (unlike
other oils, where the scent is immediately apparent but flattens out
and then disappears pretty quickly). Not only does its lustiness draw
me further and further down the rabbit hole; it lingers in my nostrils
the way the taste of a good quality tea fills my mouth after swallowing.
Although the fragrance is
powerful it is one of the mellowest Indian oils I’ve encountered. Some
Indian oils are aggressive and bombastic; others are stately and
dignified and some are downright skanky. Mokokchung is rich but
subdued, dense but languid, ripe yet clear. It has maturity, aplomb and
an understated vigor. I may never be able to reach its bottommost
depth, but I know I’m going to enjoy myself trying.