four years of desperately searching for genuine wild Cambodian agarwood from her
most legendary province, Koh Kong, we are overjoyed to finally present Sokh Khmer.
100% wild-harvested, genuine agarwood
from Koh Kong. The stuff of
As tempting as it was to use the wood to
craft an oud in the vein of Royal Pursat and Raksmey,
I decided to present something which most folks have never smelled
before (unless you have access to genuine wild Cambodian oud from
the 60's and 70's).
This is fermented wild Cambodian oud, crafted by one of the prominent veteran distillers of Koh Kong oud's golden era, Ol Teng.
Search east and west, you won't have an easy time finding an oud like
One whiff of this oud will reveal to you
why it wasn't hard for Arabian connoisseurs half a century ago (with
centuries of love for Indian oud) to declare a new favorite.
Sokh Khmer is Hindi 1's
Using identical techniques, and distilled in ancient traditional thick
copper pots, the aim was to capture a scent which has all but vanished
By using the finest of vintage distillation
and then improving upon them by combining it with Agar Aura's cutting
edge extraction process, what you have here is what is arguably the
most complex scent on earth.
Those of you who have been into ouds for
quite some time... be forewarned: Sokh Khmer could be a tear-jerker. It
powerful surge of nostalgia. In fact, one of my senior Arab customers
could not stop thanking me for this oud, as its aroma transported him
to his wedding day back in the 70's.
Whereas modern Cambodian/Thai ouds are
all about sweet, cheerful, fruity flavors, this is quite the opposite.
Boasting notes of bold tobacco, well-used tobacco pipes, smoke, amber resin,
to date this is the only
oud that I can label as being utterly masculine (Agar Aura's general
position of course is that oud is not gender-specific, so this oud is
an exception to the rule).
Yes, there are clear undercurrents of
red fruit, caramel and toffee, but they never steal the spotlight.
So how was this aroma achieved?
It is imperative that you read this blog post to truly
appreciate the uniqueness of this oud.
Unlike most Cambodian ouds which are either ultra-fruity or
overly-funky, the way this oud was distilled was by painstakingly
controlling the wood fermentation process prior to distillation. Most
distillers use filth (yes, literally) to inflict as much rot in the raw
material as possible, triggering all sorts of bacterial and fungal
activity (signs to look out for: the aroma of bovine excrement or moldy cheese).
For Sokh Khmer, the obsessive control over the fermentation process
coupled with our techniques which pull the richest oud extract possible,
resulted in something totally different. Something new. New, perhaps,
to many noses today, but it is actually the visage of Cambodian
Some like their grapes ripe and fresh, others
enjoy the product of artisanal fermentation: wine.
In early 2014, we had presented to you Khmer Khlem Chan,
one of the two vintage genres of Cambodian oud. It is with great
excitement that we unearth and present to you the second Cambodian gem,
What others are saying about this product:
I loved the Soh khemer on first try and at such a great price point.
different from all these other oils. This really needs to be
sampled on its own. I sampled everything at once and the bright
intensity of the other oils did not really let Sokh Khmer shine.
I liked it much better when I tried it on its own and am still having
difficulty dissecting the scent – definitely leather – but my sample is
almost gone. The more I try it, the more I like it.
really like Sokh Khmer, like seriously like.. I have been buying oud
for 5-6 years now and sokh khmer has become my all time
favourite. I'm so glad you produced a vintage style oud especially at
your high standards.
Sokh Khemer scent is incredible. I have oils from Koh Kong & the
oil you produced has scent that is in a different league. No fruity
& sweet notes. It has a mystic - musky-woody note, middle note
smells like a 200 year old vintage cottage , beautiful with new notes
coming out every 40 minutes.
notice in a lot of descriptions of oud oil the term "barnyard" which on
the surface seems a negative, but best describes the primal organic
scents on the first swipe. As the scent opens up and changes over time
it bring in smells of wood mulch and leather overlaying the barnyard in
waves and enhancing it. I find its scent vital and sharpens the mind (
never thought I would ever say that about a scent) My partner ,who
incidentally loves her Sumatro Jinkoh I ordered from you, keeps telling
me to "stop smelling myself" whenever I apply it.
As a footnote, because I will now bore anyone who asks me about Oud,
since I have started using your oil, most traditional western scents
and colognes seem to have an artificial tang to them.
seems everything you touch turns to gold! Literally, in that olfactory
kinda way. With Sokh Khmer, I was expecting something darker, more
"dirty," and yet, you managed to take something so deep, complex, and
evocative, and allow the golden heart to shine! I find it immensely
complex, yet very coherent, like an unfolding, from bright, grassy,
golden green, to sweet, honey tones, to just pure yummy, bubbling
chips. Somewhere in there, there's the occasional passing hint of,
nothing like barn, but all the things we love about barn. The earth,
the belly of it. Like if a rainbow unicorn ranch surrounded by a
cinnamon forest was a half mile away, and whenever the unicorns have a
happy thought , a gentle breeze blows your way.
my favorite is clearly the Sokh Khmer so far.
omme d'habitude , je les trouve toutes les trois très belles et
intéressantes. Pour l'instant , c'est Sokh Khmer que je parviens le
mieux à analyser : je trouve qu'elle se situe entre hindi 1 ,
effectivement , et Oud Darussalam (l'odeur du cuir Tané , le oud
tel qu'on l'identifie habituellement ..) , mais en plus doux.
Absolutely for vintage
collection.. rarely to find.. right to the point.. Reminds me of my
marriage in the 70's.. you were not even born.. Maa'shallah taha your
hobby made of oud made you now expert.. Jazakallah kheir my son
T.A. (Abu Dhabi)
This Oud is a Stunner!
How could i not get a piece of your beautiful art. Sokh Khmer is a no-brainer for sure..
I love it!! Amazing!!