Camellia is Au
Luong's sister distillation. Gone are the shimmery
green notes (and tone), and instead of an Oolong flavor what you
have here is a strong black tea brew.
Although this is a wild Koh Kong Cambodian distillation, folks who have loved our old Thai oil, Kritsana Pa, will instantly find delight in the strong resemblances between these two oils.
Copper apparatus for both sister distillations, check. Gentle cooking, check. (Almost) the same cooking period, check.
(1) the techniques, and
(2) the concentration of oleoresin in the raw material that went into the pot.
Whereas Au Luong strips away all the auxiliary notes, and zooms in on the oleoresin aka the 'good stuff' aka the 'black stuff' aka whatever term you deem most fit, Camelia is a more holistic portrayal of the raw material – the wood itself and what it contains.
Ever wonder exactly what difference it makes if a batch of darker and another batch of lighter agarwood from the very same tree is cooked? Ever wonder what exactly auxiliary notes are, any way?
Then you owe it to yourself to try the two sister batches Au Luong and Camellia.
Camellia opens with strong notes of well-steeped black tea, along with strong suggestions of persimmon and osmanthus. Like Kritsana Pa, beautiful white lotus notes bloom as the oil develops on your skin. The drydown, although not exactly like typical Cambodian oud oils, starts to reveal some of the more classic Cambodian notes of rugged wood, peppery spices, tobacco leaves, and syrupy resin, all the while maintaining the black tea aroma from start to finish.
Au Luong was distilled with the aim of stripping away all auxiliary scent notes.
Camellia on the other hand was deliberately distilled in a manner to capture all the intrinsic auxiliary aromatic compounds from the wood as well.
And so, what you have here is a crash course in understanding precisely what intrinsic auxiliary scent notes (i.e. from the wood itself) are, which are different from the more commonly found auxiliary notes arising from external factors: raw material soaking, apparatus material, setup, and flame size.
Or maybe you just love oud, love tea, and don't care much about technical jargon. If so, you'll find this oud delivers, without putting a dent in your wallet.
Cambodi oud that far outperforms its price.
Wow this is a stunning oil with a incensey dry down. Absolutely fantastic stuff.
Just a fantastic oil. Mostly heart and base and simply delicious smelling. The incensy drydown is beautiful.
This is one of my favorite.
Simply love this Oud. This is serenity incarnation, for me. So subtle an aroma that is what Oudwood liberates from its heart when burnt. Peninsula sort of oil: ocean, sea shore, and land. Trilogy it is.
Not ‘a’, but ‘the’ Cambodi Oud oil. Fragrance seems to be a revelation. A divine flash. And of course, revelation or unveiling instills sacred awe. A bon-fire of Oudwood is there in the midst of a dark and deep jungle, and the Oud laden whiffs and wafts drift to the one sitting in a cave. Not just oud fumes, but the whole jungle is there. A deliverance from running towards the boxes with spices or some ice-cream barrow having vanilla or chocolate bars. Camellia is ‘Camellia’. For me, it is not just a non-living oil, but ‘a living creature’- angelic and ever smiling.
It’s like Camellia is Au Luong’s brother.
They share an otherworldly.........no, not otherworldly,
more like an unusual oud note/notes. Certainly a result from tweaks, which make them interesting, but by no means stars of any region or genre.
A very interesting Cambodi. I have samples of most of Taha's new Cambodi oils. All are great and amazing how different they are from each other. This one is a calming, black tea experience.
Another example of gen 4 being not only a preferred but I argue with points a BETTER oil than au luong. At first I couldn’t even see the comparison mind you b/c I didn’t know or had fully forgotten they were sister distillations and as such I wasn’t looking for any notes per se. I was open mind.
Then second try another day I am like holly shit this is au luong and In fact for than au luong itself b/c camellia has that distinct oolong tea note.