Aura is proud to present our very first Malaysian Borneo oil, and moreover
the very first distillation ever
conducted in the mountainous northern-most reaches of Borneo, "The Land
Below The Wind": the
Malaysian State of Sabah.
If you've compared our oils like Pencerahan to Berkilau...
or Keemasan to Berjiwa,
you will have realized that its not so much about the country,
but rather the species
of agarwood and the topography
and climate where
the trees grew that have the biggest impact on an oil's aroma.
you imagine if agarwood trees grew in the Canadian province of British
Columbia or the American state of Washington? Sabah is the only place
in the agarwood-producing countries of the world where the weather and
topography are almost the same as those two regions of North America.
And you guessed it: these two factors have a huge impact on the aroma,
as you will notice in our Sabah
The species: Aquilaria Microcarpa agarwood,
the queen of Borneo.
But unlike the glistening Microcarpa from Brunei and Sarawak (Malaysian
west Borneo), the
Sabah variety has a dull dusty gray appearance.
Certainly not eye-candy, but when you place a chip on a live coal
you're left dumb-founded by its tremendous beauty.
And that is also the case with the oil extracted from Sabah wood.
using a custom-made high-tech hybrid distillation system, and
(of course) using our unique distillation techniques to pull out the
richest extract of all the
aromatic fractions from the wood, what you have here is the sweetest,
most mouth-watering Borneo Microcarpa oud you can imagine.
Seriously... if agarwood grew in North
America's Pacific Northwest, this is what it would smell like. Clean, serene, and with the
sweetest woodiness you can
imagine, Sabah Select boasts a scent profile that every Borneo oud
yearns to have.
Its not about spicy richness,
nor fruit assortments, and certainly not peppery or umami flavors.
She is not an Onyx like Indian oud, nor an Emerald like Papuan, nor is
a yellow Citrine like her peninsular south Malaysian cousin.
Sabah Select is the most brilliant blue Topaz you ever beheld.
Think mountaintop waterfalls. The
piney clean air of a Canadian forest - but the pine aroma stripped of
terpenic notes to the point where the aroma turns blue.
Wild blueberries (verging on Kool-Aid blueberry punch, we kid you not),
plenty of sky-blue chamomile, a hint of indigo hyacinth, lots of
caramelized sugar, and buckets of sweet sweet honey.
Sabah is the second largest State in
Malaysia, so the land mass it covers presents an astonishing range of
scent profiles. We will be rolling out numerous Sabah oils later (there
are 6 which are all ready even now), of
various grades and scent profiles for you to explore.
for our first Sabah oud we present to you Sabah Select, an oil coaxed
out of agarwood from the Tawau region, as a tribute to the site
of our Sabah distillery - Tawau.
others said about this product:
Sabah Select is indeed like a cool breeze sweeping out from an elevated
hillside to the senses. Most ouds of this caliber I would use sparingly
to draw out the lifetime of the bottle, but this is an oud that
seemingly exists to be worn and enjoyed in the present moment. It makes
the world a brighter and calmer place.
Honestly, I liked the Jumanten a lot, but the Sabah Select is simply
too nice. I just dealt with a plumbing disaster, and even after the
workmen have gone and the place finally wiped down and mopped up, not
at all a pleasant task, I feel like this was a good day. If the Sabah
can do that, right after almost two weeks away on business travel, I
should order several bottles of it, not just one!
Sabah Select is also
hauntingly lovely. Piercingly clear, blue and green, crystalline. It
reminds me a bit of Berkilau in terms of style.
It's probably the best
one I've ever smelled from all yours
Love the oil, Ta! Thank
you! I’m looking forward to getting to know it :-)
The sabah select is
Please please just save
another 1 or 2 bottles for me
Now for the Sabah, what
words do I have ?
I have none
I am serious
This is the best of all I
seriously think so