Indian oud done Japanese style. That
ought to be pretty awesome, right? It is.
If you haven't realized this already, over the past two years Agar Aura has slowly been 'training' your nose to appreciate the more intricate nuances of agarwood which are, for most folks, generally more elusive when heating raw agarwood.
Done wrong, you'll just smell acrid smoke. Done right, you'll smell the beautiful aroma of the precious oleoresin. Done right repeatedly, for long enough, and you'll experience something which others will not be able to perceive because your olfactory receptors will be better trained, and your olfactory 'eye' opened.
Enter stage, Sasora Jinkoh.
In our previous Indian oils like ZBH Oud and Mokokchung Oud, you got a taste of the pure unwarped scent of Indian agarwood in the form of oils, devoid of any foreign elements.
And now, we present to you Sasora Jinkoh, the next generation up and our first ever Japanese Monkoh-inspired Indian oud.
The raw materials consisted of true wild Assam raw materials, superior to any Indian materials we've ever used before: the same grade as Pencerahan, which is quite a feat considering the virtually extinct status of agarwood in Assam.
It took almost 10 months to collect the raw materials due to the scarcity of such wood in India, and it matched many of the visual and aromatic properties of a unique sub-category of agarwood from this region. I had a feeling this was the Assamese agarwood the Japanese masters had referred to as Sasora (佐曽羅), and when the oil finally poured out, the premonition was confirmed.
From utilizing both copper as well as steel at the pot level, optimizing each stage of extraction with precise temperature control, to the collection of every single fraction from the wood (as usual: in a glass collector, unlike the typical Indian method of collecting the oil by hand which introduces sweat and dead skin cells into the oil), what you have here is literally the cleanest, purest, and richest Indian oud you've ever smelled. Not just in terms of the aroma, but also scientifically speaking due to the superiority of Agar Aura's latest extraction techniques in pulling the highest concentrations of aromatic compounds.
Every single fraction of this oud was extracted using meticulously designed techniques to shape the aroma of every stage of the scent evolution, to match the aroma of Sasora wood found in Japanese Rikkoku-Gomi agarwood sets.
Imagine the rich creamy and spicy-woody heart of Indian agarwood, add to it the perfect bitter-to-sweet balance of Burmese agarwood, the sweetness of the liveliest Cambodian, and now go beyond Cambodia to Vietnam for the blood-red hibiscus core, and then add the ethereal airiness of the most crystalline Indonesian oud... this is Sasora Jinkoh.
(translation: a breeze of cool mountain air, fleshy plums, tart raspberries and cranberries, honey-sweetened hibiscus tea, fennel, nutmeg, white pepper, sandalwoody creaminess, burnt butterscotch toffee)
Considering how difficult it was to acquire the raw materials for making this oud, we don't know when (and if) we will be able to offer another Assamese oud like this again.
Sasora Jinkoh. Japanese Indian oud.
This oud is remarkable for many
reasons, and perhaps the main one is how it is so many
things at once - light and shining, deep and dark, smooth
and creamy, tangy and piercing..
I have been besotted by Sasora Jinko , consider my nose a graduated student of Hindi oils :)
The only thing it has in common with other Hindi oils is the word Hindi. Period. This oud has the Kinamic ambience along with the bright airiness of Bornean oud not to mention zero barn and a decent dose of the agalocha sweetness we crave everytime we smell the first whiffs of a burning premium Indian wood.
A.J. (Saudi Arabia)
Sasora stucked me as it was the very first time I experienced a zero barnyard oud and that is really excellent. From the bottle I get the Indian dna but without any barnyard smell associated with notes typical of great quality cambodi oil which is indeed unusual. But it becomes even more unusual as on skin it turns out to become a borneo type as I get minty and anise notes which evolves then more on to the cambodi type.
After re-reading your ouducation article about Rikkoku-Gomi after applying Sasora Jinkoh it was a whole new experience. Your description of your new oud oil Sasora Jinkoh was so spot on and I could really appreciate the effort and your expertise in distilling such an amazing oud oil. It is amazing that their are naturally so many fractions that can be extracted from one Assam agarwood. Sasora Jinkoh is so beautiful and actually it was hard for me to even believe was wearing an Indian oud till the last part of the dry down which I loved also.
Anyway just saying this one is turning out to be my favorite out of all of the samples that you sent me but then again I have to apply a second round for the others. As it stands now I will definitely be buy a bottle of Sasora Jinkoh!
Very rich and delectable oil - creamy smooth Indian + sweet and tastefully fruity/Camobi + spices.. It's like an oudy pumpkin pie :P
This oud is simply indescribable.
The Sasora Jinkoh is all adjectives, sweet, floral, intense, delicious, tart, tamarind, candy.
Very nice Indian without the funkiness.. it’s the darker and more mature brother of ZBH Oud ..
What it transmutes to on the skin is far and away different from how it smells in the bottle. Definitely a hit!
Smelling this oil immediately reminded me of the ZBH. However, there is much much more to this oil. I am experiencing a richness which extends far beyond… and a liveliness which gives this oil a very inviting character. Inhaling deeply…I am able to sense quite a diverse range of notes which I am not used to experiencing with such intensity in Assamese oils. Almost as if the fragrance is being directed through a prism where all the finer notes are being liberated and magnified exposing its full character in a spectrum type fashion. Definitely worthy of being categorized within the Jinkoh series and I feel that the intention behind this oil really came through beautifully. I never thought I would ‘feel Japan’ within an Assamese oil.
I couldn't agree more with you. I find it hard to believe that it is Indian Oud. I always thought you produced very elegant, handsome oils no matter what the origin of the wood.
Amazingly addictive profile - creamy dryness, bitter woodiness, green incense - a paradox of ingredients.
A blast of wood in the initial opener, raw and pure; zero smoke.
This quickly calms down as noticeable, but not overpowering, camphor comes forth; intermingling with the initial raw wood notes.
Give it a bit and one will notice a steady build of sweetness, with muted tones of pepper...and still the camphor swirls in the background.
Taha, thank you very much for this gift!