From one of the most surreal places on
earth, we present to you one of the most unusual ouds in the world, Shwe Myitkyina.
Extracted from old trees in Myitkyina (pronounced Mee-chee-na) in
northern Myanmar, the
effect of geography on the aroma of oud has never been more obvious
than it is in this oil.
Myitkyina is sandwiched between southern China and the eastern-most
regions of India, and you will not only find burning agarwood from this
region to have a fantastic orchestra of scent notes but when you juice
the wood for its precious oil, the orchestra becomes all the more
The distiller insisted the raw materials
were of the standard Aquilaria
Malaccensis species native to Myanmar, but my own conviction is
that the trees were actually of the rare agarwood species Aquilaria Sinesis.
Myitkyina was distilled in early 2014 using the old-fashioned Indian
method, and the
result is an oil that possesses not only one of the richest aromas but
also one of the most complex.
Bursting with opening notes of orange blossom, leather and honey, your first
impression may be that this is a classic East Indian oud. But the
leather note... its not the usual bovine or doeskin leather you find in
traditional Indian ouds. Its an almost serpentine leather. Clean, supple,
The more you sniff, the more you start
to realise this is no Indian oud. The oil starts to develop an
incredibly sweet aroma, intense in its sweetness. This is the hallmark
feature of ouds from Myanmar and southern China.
And as the oil develops further on your
skin, the classic Chinese Sinesis
agarwood aroma shines through with brazen clarity. Bitter wood,
grapefruit zest and oak-aged cognac. As removed from agarwood as they
might sound, these are in fact the classic scent notes of prized
Chinese agarwood from Zhanjiang and Hainan.
Although the scent progession is quite
distinct in all its stages, the scent palette is surprisingly
Want an all-encompassing yet altogether
unique oud? If so, this oud is for you.
What others said about this product:
y a notamment l'odeur du miel que je perçois bien aujourd'hui , puis
cette douceur de cuir qui dure sur la peau.... Juste la note de fleur
d'oranger que je ne détecte pas vraiment...
Une autre très belle huile , donc , facile à porter , qui fond sur la
peau (la mienne en tout cas) et non agressive pour l'entourage.
Shwe is ....something entirely unsuspected; and extraordinary, too!
oud has the most piercing, mind-clearing, golden metallic type scent to
me. Metallic may not be quite the right word, and usually
describing a scent as metallic might not make it seem appealing - but
this scent is so enjoyable and blissful. Crystalline, metallic,
luminous, golden liquor is more like it.. There's also a
wonderful but subdued barnyard note present that smell especially early
on - just a hint of that earthy animalic funk..
Shwe Myikyina is a
sniffer, I can hardly type with the scent of it in the air because I
don't want to miss a note as it develops. A beautiful title pool
with the sweeeeeeet hay leather I love. I thought of Brut as soon as I
put this on but then sweet.
Please may I have some more?
I had totally forgotten
that the Shwe Myitkyina was a Burmese oil and hadn't had time to look
it up today before putting it on. I actually thought it must have been
a Hindi/ Indian oud! Slightly funky blue-cheese opening, not too
pronounced, which settles pretty quickly into a sweet honey hay note.
So far, it has been quite linear from that point (6 hours since putting
it on), but that's just fine as I love those notes. Currently the honey
is starting to become more pronounced, with some soft woods peeking
through. Overall gentler than a typical Indian Oud. I couldn't say it
is a cross between an Indian and Cambodi (probably the closest in terms
of sweet notes), it has something unique to itself.
Btw that Shre Myitkyina oil is terrific! Very intoxicating, like a fine liquor or some such thing..
Oh I can see how much
Shwe had going on...but serpentine is the word in more ways than
one...it is mysterious...very different...there is alot of subtly (in a
profound way, I am using a more eastern defining characteristic for
subtly here). I just do not quite have the vocabulary for this
one yet, I will need to take a fee more cracks at it...poor me. :)
I like it a lot. It has the best topnotes of any oud oil I have tried…