a purely scientific point of view, the north east-coast Malaysian state
of Terengganu along with a few west-coast regions stand head and
shoulders above all other regions in Malaysia, in terms of the
impressive concentrations of sesquiterpene compounds their agarwood
And compared to her sister states to the west, Terengganu is unique in
that it has impressive concentrations of not just rich sesquiterpenes,
but also a rich palette of
delightful auxiliary aromatic compounds as well.
Considering the large number of
distillation permutations (16 to be exact) that could have been used
for crafting the oud, the Agar Aura team decided to ask YOU how you wanted this oud (see
poll results here).
The overwhelming majority clearly wanted a Manaka-style ultra clean,
beautiful, and ethereal oud. But three other options received quite a
few votes as well.
We ended up making two different
Terengganu oud oils:
- one incensey, woody, resinous oud.
- one ultra ethereal and otherwordly oud.
Ukupan Kayu is the
first one. Sutera Ungu is the
This is one out of only 5 ouds we have
produced that combines ALL
the distillation techniques we have ever
used for crafting ouds (excluding the barnyard genre), since the
inception of Agar Aura.
So you will find in this oud the deep oudy quality of Agar
Supreme, the syrupy core of Sempurna,
the bold and rugged woodiness of Kemewahan,
the explosive incensey-resinous blast of Cantik Candan,
the 'pop' and sparkle of Pencerahan, as well as the
delicate crystalline quality of Berkilau and Manaka Jinkoh.
In short, what you have here is an
all-in-one oud experience, combining all the dominant scent genres you
have come to know and love in Malaysian ouds. And best of all, this
exclusively from Terengganu state agarwood, making it our first oud oil
If Koh Kong is the most prized region
for agarwood in Cambodia, Khanh Hoa in
Vietnam, and Malinau in Borneo – its none other than Terengganu that
shares a similar status in
Her Terengganu sister-distillation,
Ungu, is like Manaka Jinkoh: only
connoisseurs are able to discern this type of scent when heating
agarwood. It is the inner
scent dimension of the Terengganu oud aroma.
But Ukupan Kayu is more readily approachable. It is the scent of
no-nonsense, straight-up sizzling Terengganu
agarwood (no Monkoh diploma required). And since every single
permutation of Agar Aura distillation
techniques was employed, the scent profile covers every single peak and
valley of the Terengganu scent spectrum.
its no exaggeration that Ukupan Kayu is a one-size-fits-all oud that's
sure to satisfy every ouddict's cravings, with a price tag that makes
it accessible for one and all!
What others said about this product:
the oils yesterday SubanAllah , the UKUPAN KAYU is incredible , floral
notes from another world, top note is tangy with a hint a of Kinam ,
half way through the middle note I thought it had a Laotian scent
profile that hit my olfactory senses. The silage is amazing. The dry
down is so tangy with floral notes that my hand and nose was stuck
together for the whole day.
Ukupan Kayu , une très bonne huile , d'un très bon rapport
qualité prix. Moins riche peut être que Sutera Ungu , dans le sens où
son odeur reste davantage sur un même registre : enfumé , odeur que je
dirais "saline" ; je perçois le rapprochement avec kemewahan ,
avec Berkilau aussi ou Manaka Jinkoh. Mais en fait moins variée
et moins subtile que ces dernières... Cela dit , cette odeur
enfumée/saline est tellement appréciable que Ukupan Kayu vaut la peine
dans une collection.
top notes reminds me of your top end malay distillations, I would say
berkilau on top of my head, although need to do a side by side
comparison. Also it reminds me of some thai oud top notes, and its
super oudy. I would certainly love to see more of these coming, even it
means non incense grade, certainly would be a client for hindi and
crassnas of this type,
Ukupan Kayu!! I've been
spending the last few days bathing in this one. Man, for the price,
best Malaysian I've smelled yet. When i first put it on i was having a
difficult time referencing it to any oud I'd smelled before. Totally
new experience. You referenced a few ouds in your description and the
only one i have smelled out of those is berkilau. I was looking for
this note in kayu but until last night it was very fleeting if even
existent. This morning i took two large swipes and there it is. Bright
as day itself. Berkilau. Very Incensy. Of course it's not berkilau, but
i am so happy to have purchased the quantity i did of this one because
it reminds me of my favorite oud of yours( berkilau) but with a lighter
twist and an almost guilt free price...hehe.
Ukupan Kayu in its class
is a winning, strong oudyness green, mint anise, with a round red note
that does not appear at first but later, as the nose on your face you
can not miss it, making a note think red fruit, longevity is exellent,
one last point it is much like Agar Attar :).
Now I know what is a good quality standard, a knowledge that is welcome, thank you Taha.