Hailing from one of the most prized
regions of the entire oud-producing world, Royal Pursat personifies the
epitome of the Cambodian aroma, more specifically that of agarwood from
the legendary province of Pursat.
Is there any more to it than just the
It is a common fallacy in this industry
for the majority of consumers to ask for "Hindi" and "Cambodi" oud
considering them superior for no better reason than the fact that these
two types of oud gained fame in the Arabian oud tradition -- the oldest
Agar Aura, on the other hand, firmly maintains that ouds of all countries are great.
Ah, but within different countries, there
most certainly are some regions whose agarwood is superior to that of
others. Things like topography, the soil's mineral content, and annual
precipitation have a massive impact on the aroma.
In Cambodia, its the mountainous jungles of Koh Kong and Pursat whose
agarwood stands head and shoulders above that of all other regions in
So what did we do here? We
juiced some crazy A-grade, wild-harvested Pursat agarwood... which is
nothing short of blasphemy.
The wood was seasoned and cooked in
water from Kampong Speu, where the waters of both Koh Kong and Pursat
We then took the wood, threw it into
thick copper pots and cooked it using firebricks. We decided to apply
our 'Berkilau style' distillation techniques (lab tested and proven to
produce the absolute richest
oud oils possible).
The result is an oil that captures the
body, heart and soul of Crassna
agarwood. An incredibly deep, dark, and resinous aroma. Virtually
identical to the scent of heated Super King agarwood from Cambodia,
Vietnam, from the good ol' days.
I myself have only experienced this aroma in Cambodian wood only thrice
in my life, and never
in an oil before this.
Gone are all playful notes common in
Cambodian and Thai ouds. There is only a subtle fruity-floral aspect,
which is more than overwhelmed by the sheer richness of the dark syrupy
oudiness of this
oud. Its all about the base notes.
Alas, the batch size of this oil is much
smaller than I would have ideally wanted, especially considering how
amazing it smells. But the raw materials used for crafting Royal
Pursat are very hard to come by in this day and age.
Want to add a genuine collectors' item
to your fine ouds reserve? You need not look any further.
others are saying about this product:
Really I think best
Cambodian I try ever its not fruity but the smell so sweet and great..
Royal Pursat. Seriously,
you've blown my mind. This is an oil that I LOVE. A couple more
observations: the opening notes are a surprise, certainly, and not what
I've come to expect from a Cambodian oud; however, once the spicy notes
dissipate, to my nose, there are the notes that I adore!
there's Royal Pursat. Imagine taking Raksmey, stripping all its
fleeting flirty characteristics, clearing all its mellow animalics, and
diving straight to the pure core of what is left. This is Royal Pursat.
It's an electrifying juxtaposition of sprightly greenness and roasting,
smoldering resins, reverberating in a mystic dance. The duality of this
oil is so pristine and intense, it surprises me every time I inhale it.
Royal Pursat, is like riding the train starting in Thailand and ending
in Cambodia. That dark resiny notes, heart of aged patchouli sounded by
bright yellow notes of slight fruity acidity but alas they have no
chance the sweet alluring dark notes draws me to the center where
everything is purple and swede, .sudective night time reverie.
This oil is all about luscious creaminess, a soft seductive Cambodi of
a not too sweet not too fruity variety, with gentle resin and no wood
(like it should be, oud is all about resin and not all about wood).
After the intro, scent is soon becoming uplifting, quite unusual for
But the best thing about Royal is the beautiful drydown without that
typical bittery grass notes which I'm not a fan of. This oil is creamy,
powdery, soft and fluffy, with a pleasant teasing faintly sourish core
note during heart phase. It's a very compact scent with single notes
not easily discerned, the blend of aromas is well balanced and
Floral notes for me associated with chamomile, hint of frangipani-like
almondiness, perhaps even Ebony flowers, very small but very fragrant
amidst the backdrop of carrot seeds. Hints of black tea with echoes of
Nagaland. Background fruity notes reminiscent of banana lassi, murmurs
of ripe yellow plums and vineyard peaches, well diluted blueberry,
faint physalis. There is a sense of completeness.
I am not a fan of Cambodis, although they were the ones which gained
access for me into the agarwood world and I have to admit being
sceptical about this one, but RP was a great experience, Cambodi and
cream with Tahas signature on top. Wish there were more oils like this.
Oils which make me reconsider my preferences.
What I like about Royal Pursat that after a little while it slowly
transforms the usual Cambodi profile, little by little and morphs into
What a fantastic, woody, oud. I get no hints of anything floral
(yet) or "zesty," and certainly no barn, etc.; just gorgeous (if
linear) wood. I can tell I'll need to wear this a few times to
pick up any subtleties you've hidden on me. But even if I miss
them, this is a beautiful oud.
Royal Pursat has to be the best Cambodian Oud offering at this time.
There are many layers to
Royal Pursat, so much depth. It was so light and sparkling in the
beginning, that I was concerned it wouldn’t have much longevity… but my
wrist still smelled of it this morning, after about eight hours of
I had worn this oil to
bed, and my wrist was practically glued to my nose. Every couple of
minutes, I’d pull my wrist away, but it was like there was an elastic
band connecting the two parts, and I couldn’t keep them separated! I
kept thinking, “my nose wants to marry my wrist”! Haha
I think you have hit on
something extraordinary there. It is not a hyperbole if I tell you that
it hit on a classical archetypal Oud containing a certain key to an
inner dimension of a state of mind.
Tried the royal pursat
and must say WOW!
You can easily get both
Royal Pursat and Berkilau married now. Perfect Couple! :)
This is what I call an
awesome Oud ! Just the right amount of fruitiness, a dash of spice and
a lot of oudiness !! Amazing!
Ok so this one, I really
began to appreciate after trying Raksmey. Now Raksmey I was definitely
impressed with, an unmistakable Cambodi sweetness with impressive depth
and tenacity (you use the word ruggedness which I think is very
fitting)….. Well Royal Pursat, as the name signifies, ‘Royalifies’ all
that. Really, that’s the best way to describe it…I smell some very
exquisite and dignified notes which can only be a result of higher
quality raw materials.
This really feels like a
work of art, the rougher notes have all been ironed out to produce a
really classy, attractive fragrance without loosing the oud factor.