Indian oud done Japanese style. That
ought to be pretty awesome, right? It is.
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 (read
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.
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
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
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.
the rich creamy and spicy-woody
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,
then add the ethereal airiness of the most crystalline Indonesian
this is Sasora Jinkoh.
a breeze of cool mountain air,
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.
others are saying about this product:
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 :)
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
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
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!
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!