When people think of Indian oud, they immedietely think of Assam. Most Indian oud oils, including most of our previous offerings, have been distilled from agarwood from the province of Assam in India.
We are excited to introduce Sultan Al-Hind, our first oud oil from the province of Meghalaya - Sanskrit for 'abode of clouds'. The combination of high altitude and being the wettest place on earth makes Meghalaya just about the most ideal place for agarwood trees to grow.
The creation of Sultan Al-Hind was an experiment of sorts. When distilling oud in India, it is standard practice to use the shavings collected from carving agarwood chips. For our Indian oils such as Bhavana, only shavings with clear streaks of resin went into the distillation pot, to ensure high quality.
But now for the first time, we used actual agarwood chips for crafting an Indian oud oil. It was a huge risk to take because of the higher resin content in chips. Under heat, resin can undergo 'resinification', which can prevent oil from getting extracted.
Fortunately the yield was great, and the phenominal scent of the oil obtained from the experiment made it well worth the risk.
Hindi Sauvage is the wildest, funkiest and what some might call the most 'masculine' Indian oud we've offered to date. Bhavana, on the opposite end of the spectrum with its sandalwood-like buttery woodiness and delicate aroma, is considered by some to be just about the most 'feminine' Indian oud. Sultan Al-Hind lies in the middle with its perfect balance of rugged and delicate notes.
There's sweet hay and tawny suede. Crisp, rugged woodiness balanced by smooth and creamy woody notes. A sweet balsamic resinousness permeates the entire scent spectrum, and hints of spices enliven the heart notes. But the most salient feature of this oil is the fruitiness. Soon after applying the oil, the most scrumptious notes of tart plums and sticky raisins emerge. Notes of plums and raisins are usually found in Cambodian and Burmese oils, and sometimes in Indian ouds hailing from eastern regions of India like Manipur and Nagaland. Meghalaya, on the other hand, is at the far west of the agarwood-producing regions of the world.
Sultan Al-Hind is plush and velvety, and exhudes a sublime aura of regality. Despite its gentle and well-behaved scent it is by no means weak, and is impressively long-lasting on skin as well.
Due to the cost and scarcity of good Meghalayan agarwood, this is our first and probably last oud oil from this region. Be sure to claim your bottle before we run out of this rare oil.
I'm just testing Sultan
al-Hind and very much enjoying the smooth, leathery and
honeyed aroma. I generally love leather fragrances so
this really hits the mark for me. I find the softness of
this oil very comforting and relaxing. I love how the
subtle smoky incense notes weaves through the oil and
the muted fruity notes ground it and add body. It’s
almost a sensual smell and I would love to smell it on a
woman – surely not something I expected to experience
from an oud oil.
Sultan-Al-Hind smells "wholesome". Whenever I smell a Hindi that has a strong scent of hay, thoughts of the bucolic countryside, golden bales baking in the sun, and gentle Guernseys lazing in green pastures come to mind . There's a cool, airy topnote that's adds a breezy freshness, and an underlying sweetness of dried raisins. That's my favorite note in Hindi oils, and I haven't come across it very often. This is a dry, unabashedly masculine oil but that thick sweetness keeps me coming back for more. I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be wearing Sultan al Hind, but I'd sure like to smell it on a man. The combination of suede, salt and lusty plums is keeps me smelling my own wrist, and wishing I was smelling somebody else's :-)
I wanted to let you know that I received Sultan Al-Hind yesterday. It is simply amazing! I really love it! For me I do get the barnyard note for the first 5 minutes or so, but not in a bad/repulsive way....it's like you described it - a leathery wood combination (I like it). Then it morphs into a sweet scent, I think figs is a really good description. I actually get a little bit of citrus or maybe it is a bit spicy, I'm not very good at picking out the notes, but it whatever the case it is really great. I went to sleep with it on and picked up a trace of it even when I woke up. Thanks so much for this wonderful creation....it is a masterpiece!
It is Oud Kampucheas Hindi brother !!! It really has these bursts off sweet and when carried by the stronger Hindi base it really is quite a treat !!! Whereas Kampuchea can get too overwhelming at time this oil flirts with the limit of being too much and just keeps playing around the limits boasting off all its other enchanting notes.
I already love Sultan Al Hind, which IMHO is more like the type of Ouds you carry, sweet and elegant. I'll get more familiar with it later on but just wanted to say Thank you and Al hamdo le Allah.
The Sultan Al Hind i have had a chance to wear, and it is at first pleasantly barnyardy and then begins unfolding black licorice and anise, the oil remains very constant until the dry down which echoes its heritage. your name of this oil is most apppropriate.