In terms of quality, Indo Uno is among our top 5 highest
quality Indonesian oud productions ever.
But when you look at the price, you're left scratching your head how
that could be.
this is the extract of several different Indonesian agarwood species.
But unlike Kecantikan, instead of using raw materials only from Borneo
island, Indo Uno boasts the most diverse assortment of Indonesian
flavors you can imagine.
If Kecantikan proved oned thing, its that 1 + 1 does not equal 2, when
you co-distill various species: the whole is greater than the sum of
its parts. The synergies created by the different scent notes from the
various species as they fuse and bond during distillation is something
that cannot be replicated by simply mixing together ready-made oud oils
of different species.
West Borneo Microcarpa, West Borneo Beccariana, East Borneo Malaccensis, North Sumatran Malaccensis, Sulawesi Cumingiana, Papua Gyrinops, and Sumbawa Gyrinops. All in one, and in this
order in terms of proportions.
So why the ridiculously low price?
Like Raksmey, Kecantikan and Yang
Terang, this oud is a 'cheat' high grade oud oil.
Over time, as raw materials from various regions are collected and used
for distillation, some of the raw material doesn't end up being used.
Reasons include some of the wood stock being from parts of the tree
that take a lot of time to carve away the bunk wood and they aren't
cost-effective for selling as incense-grade chips, or wood which simply
not fit inside the distillation pots due to reaching full capacity.
These materials pile up at the warehouse over time, and the cleaning
and carving staff get to them when they have free time to spare.
Here are examples of actual raw
material wood used for crafting Indo Uno. The majority of the raw
material consisted of wood like this: extremely high grade wood
harvested from tree branches. Aside from this type of raw wood being
remarkably cost-effective due to hunters not wanting to "waste" time
carving and cleaning agarwood like this, there's another reason why
this wood is fantastic for distillation: branch agarwood actually
yields the finest (and highest yield) of oil -- sometimes up to double
or triple, compared to wood collected from the trunk heartwood.
Now combine this impressive yield factor with Agar Aura's special
extraction techniques which already give up to 10 times richer and
larger yields than conventional distillation... and now you know why
this oil is so affordable despite the high quality.
For those of you who aren't well-versed in agarwood grades and prices,
what you saw in the photo above is A and AA grade agarwood which sells
at a market price of $2,500 to $4,000 per kilogram wholesale (some of the wood
even qualified as Super grade). At this price, given a typical yield
using conventional distillation techniques, you'd be looking at
$2,000-$2,500 a bottle.
As you can see, Indo Uno is a steal.
So why can't every oud distillation be
like this? Simple: because it takes a lot of time to not just collect
this type of material, but also to carve away the bunk wood to keep only the
But whenever we get the chance (typically once or twice a year), Agar
Aura is very eager to bring you these uniquely affordable high grade
As was the case with its co-distill
predecessor Kecantikan, the
various species were used in carefully measured ratios to give Indo Uno
a perfume-like composition.
It starts off with a burst of bergamot
and grapefruit (East Borneo Malaccensis), which then settles down to
reveal herbal (West Borneo Microcarpa) and tea-like notes (Sumatran
Malaccensis). Before long, shimmery silver ambergris emerges (Sumatran
Malaccensis) together with honeyed sweet notes (West Borneo Beccariana,
West Borneo Microcarpa, Papua Gyrinops, Sumbawa Gyrinops). You will get
sudden whiffs of not just tea but sweet minty and herbal-floral tea
(Sulawesi Cumingiana), with a healthy dose of fatty milk cream (Sumbawa
Gyrinops and Sulawesi Cumingiana). The drydown is a blissful orchestra
of ambergris, sweet florals, bitter herbal, minty and camphoraceous
Only one significant Indonesian oud
species is missing from this oud: Papua Aquilaria Filaria. But considering
the overall theme and flavor of this oud, that is probably for the
best, as the muddy Filaria notes would have stuck out like a sore
thumb. Gyrinops Sp. of
the same island fits much better into the composition.
Indo Uno is your one-ticket-covers-all
pass for a truly complete Indonesian oud experience. Covering almost
every prominent species, and islands from as far west as Sumatra and
far east as Papua, this is an Indonesian oud lover's dream come true.