The oud you've all been waiting for...
Shano Shokat. Gen4 Indian oud.
The unrivaled king of the neuroleptic sesquiterpene
Agarospirol, Indian aloes, now presented in a dangerously
was distilled using one of the most ancient types of
Assamese apparatus, hardly ever used any more. I
deliberately decided to incorporate our most advanced
extraction techniques within the framework of the most
ancient setup possible.
But Shano Shokat is not about techniques
Like all genuinely high grade oud oils, it is first and
foremost about the wood
- the quality of which was wonderfully carried over to the
Distill an oil using the same techniques
but low grade wood, you'll get a 'pretty' but boring oil.
Plenty of those floating around these days.
Distill an oil using the same apparatus but low grade
wood, and you'll get oud 'boya'
- a waxy paste with a gut-wrenching butyric odor.
The finest distillation techniques and
the most appropriate apparatus are but the vehicles that
allow a distiller to best showcase the aroma of.. the
And that's what Shano Shokat is.
It is the unmistakable aroma of raw, wild Assamese
agarwood. The ambient aroma of raw agarwood is one of the
key features of our Gen4 oils ('squeezed wood', as I like
to put it), and that's certainly the case with this oil.
Now, toss aside your fancy electric burner, and whip out a
charcoal tablet. Place a chip on top when its nice and
And now imagine a combination of these two aromas: the
scent emitted from a bag full of raw Super King grade
Indian agarwood (this grade has been extinct in India for
quite a few decades, so you'll have to use your imagine
here), coupled with the after-scent of roasted Indian
agarwood nuggets that lingers in the air.
woodiness, explosive peppery and spicy notes, a bold
muskiness that would make you think deer musk was
macerated in this oil, Jamaican tobacco leaves
spritzed with hot water coupled with damp henna leaves
lifting the edges giving it a twang, dark honey, candied
tobacco, and most importantly: the lingering
'after-scent' aroma of roasted Indian agarwood.
Shano Shokat was crafted alongside its
sister distillation, Chamkeila
(to be released later). A cursory whiff of the two
oils simultaneously would suggest no two oils could be
more different from each other. But inhale more
attentively, and you will realize the core is identical.
More than anything else, Shano Shokat and Chamkeila are
testaments to the fact that the quality of the raw
material matters first and foremost. The two may smell
radically different from each other, but as you let the
aroma fill up every crevice in your lungs, you realize
that quality oud
is more than just a simple equation of copper, steel, and
You may call a cat a fish, but dunk it in
water and its not gonna swim.
Likewise, the fanciest techniques and apparatus can not
rescue a distillation of low grade agarwood. The aroma
Having said that, if you want to see
which style of
oud you prefer, for a limited time all full bottle (2.5g
or 3g) orders of Shano Shokat will ship with a free sample
of Chamkeila. Out of the 16 distillation permutations that
were possible, I chose the two which I believe best
captured the essence of this fine raw material.
Do you like your oud esoteric, pristine, and otherworldy?
Or brazen, raw, straight to the point? Both are
zero-barnyard Indian ouds, both bear the Agar Aura seal of
And I won't blame you for loving both.
if you enjoyed King Koh Kong, Kemewahan, Oud Darussalam,
Kemegahan, Borneo Noir, Agar Supreme,
or Calambac, then you're bound to love Shano
Shokat. We have never released an Indian oud like this
What others said about this product:
Shano Shokat is all about the rich,
earthy, somewhat bitter woodiness to me - many ouds
are easily described as being in the "sweet" "floral"
fruit" "green" or "barnyard" categories - this oud
isn't any of those things for me, and instead brings a
sublimely centered oud experience that is both super
earthy and transcendental - delightful!
Shano Shokat was real strong at first. I've been
sniffing these on and off for the last few days and I
can say that Shano Shokat is without a doubt more
complex and real high quality. I draw
similarities between Lalitya, but Shano is much more
The Shano Shokat is very nice. I was not sure
what to expect and it is sure pleasant. The
meditative properties are wonderful. I am a fan
of the zero barn as well. A lot of Indian ouds
are too barnyard for me. And I love most things funky
and barnyard. Wine that has brettanomyces is
always one of my favorites and beer with brett added
during aging is also a favorite of mine. I find Shano
Shokat to be sweet, seductive and silencing.
And the Shano Shokat...well (!) Stunning! (Quite
literally...) So this is one of your #4s (generation)?
D'ailleurs ce matin j'ai eu l'occasion de faire une
petite balade en remettant le même tee shirt qu'hier qd
je m'étais parfumé avec shano shokat , mais sans rien
rajouter. Or , l'odeur était extrêmement présente et
plaisante! Et elle m'a rappelé un de mes parfums ambré
,(un rappel de l'ambre gris... ). Ensuite, avant
de partir travailler , après ma douche, je me suis remis
une touche de shano shokat et là , j'ai saisi cette
odeur de tabac gras (pour moi , l'odeur de certains
cigares bien humides) qui est proche de darussalam puis
tout de suite derrière , une petite note de fruits
rouges. Mais c'est surtout après, lorsque je bougeais
que l'odeur m'a pris à plusieurs occasions par
surprise... jamais agressive. Vraiment j'aime beaucoup.
You are hitting it out of the park with your Indian ouds
I can say that!
The SS begins its journey at an almost overwhelming high
point...Wow! Then it eases down to a very smooth
woody, musky, thought centering "envelope." One swipe
lasts for hours and it continues to develop until it
finally whispers out..
Shano, I Gotta get me a bottle isA
Wish I had a better way of describing it lol. Honey is
still there...lots of spices. Hindi psychoactive
properties well embedded, depth.
So I did try Shano Shaukat after I tried Chamkeila. Then
I tried both of them together and to be honest both have
the same core/base but SS has some green element to it
whereas I found Chamkeila to be a bit musky in
comparison. I love them both but probably prefer SS
over Chamkeila (maybe not.. not really sure which
one I prefer :)) Both are awesome!
Very impressed with Shano Shokat. Thinking of a bottle.