parts of Malaysia, and Indonesia, this is the oud lover's paradise.
Eastern ouds of
the Aquilaria Malaccensis species are predominantly resinous-woody in
nature, with hints of fruity or floral notes.
However, other species have very different characters including deep
woody, incense-y and herbal.
Eastern ouds are generally uplifting
and elating, light and
pleasing to most.
is the home of
the classic oud, Aquilaria Agallocha. Famed from Biblical
times, Indian oud has not only been used for its scenting quality, but
also in traditional medicine.
oud oils are
characterized by a pronounced sweet leather opening note, which
evolves into a rich, spicy, and sweet woody smell.
oils of Indian origin have a
grounding effect, and are soothing and
primarily of the Aquilaria Crassna species. Its typical scent
spectrum includes notes like fruity, tobacco, pine, smoky and woody.
there is no
'classical' Indochinese oud smell, as the Crassna species includes
fragrances that are tranquilizing much like the Indian variety, but
also those that are sharp and zesty.
quality specimens are very rare.