This oil is the last of our series of single-species
oud oils of the four main species of agarwood found in
We first presented Keemasan (Microcarpa), followed by Berjiwa (Malaccensis), Beccariana (Beccariana), and now we present to you the woodiest of them all: Hirta (aka 'Candan').
This oil is of the same species as the dominant agarwood used for crafting our Malaysian oud oil Cantik Candan. But this time, instead of Malaysian dark oudy intensity this Candan is packaged in the unmistakable island-breezy quality common to all Indonesian ouds.
Bright and airy it may be, yet it packs a mighty woody punch due to the unusual physical property of Candan agarwood: a full-grown tree is around one-third the circumference compared to most other agarwood species. The aroma gets hyper-concentrated and for this reason, gram-for-gram, every sliver of Candan wood packs about three times the punch.
Woody to the max, perhaps the best similitude would be to imagine an extremely pretty Aquilaria Microcarpa oud (Ã la Keemasan) given a heavy woody base similar to Tanzanian Muhuhu wood, a dry biting woodiness like Texas cedar, and the assertiveness of Australian Spicatum sandalwood.
Now sprinkle the wood medley with the signature spice notes of Candan: allspice and cinnamon (far less than her Malaysian cousin though), douse it in thick Japanese Yuzu marmalade, and top it with sweet vanilla sugar.
As the scent develops on your skin, something unusual happens. It gets more bitter and 'darker' but also gets sweeter and 'brighter' as well. A most unusual scent development not common in ouds.
If you're one of those people who love the smell of Borneo Malaccensis from the bottle but don't like how it develops on your skin (for some, bitterness dominates and even verges on sourness), you'll be pleased to know that Hirta has the built-in unique quality of balancing its bitter and sweet notes all the way to the dry down.
And so, with this oil we conclude our species-specific Kalimantan distillations. I hope you found the series educational. By now, you should have a good idea as to which of the four species happens to be your personal favorite (and hopefully you enjoyed them all).
It did surpass my expectations! Especially the sweet, almost lilac-like aroma overwhelmed me.
Totally new scent for me. Fell in love immediately. Amazing sweet, bitter woody combination that lasts and lasts...amazing.
I love it, and actually met it before but never pure. for some reason it makes me think of Indian ambrette, does it make sense? the top notes actually feel like heart notes and there is this glowing warmth oil is projecting. my nose is weirdly wired today, there are whiffs of espresso, deeper toned sweetness.
Hirta has that quality like mugwort or cedar leaf or thuja or sage, this opening deep warmness I very much enjoy. perhaps you call it friction.
From the vial it's warm sweet powdery vanillic ambery resinous, but I only get wood later. you know each one of us has differently wired olfactory perception.
I'm really enjoying the Hirta, especially the dry down, which has mellowed into a beautiful woody fragrance. It's not just the typical flashy top notes I associate with many Borneo oils. This one has some serious legs too; it just lasts and lasts on me.
I just ordered the Hirta oud as it grew on me and now I've run out of my sample I realise I love it
Absolutely love it !
it's like a Borneo with a bit more, and dries down to something not very Borneo at all - kinda Malaysian and almost Hindi?
Congrats Taha for this pleasant conclusion of your series :) My favorite species of the four. It reminds me in the middle notes of Pancerahan which is a personal favorite. Woody, incensy, and oudy in a perfect balance with a touch of sweetness that makes me wonder how this complexity came from a single species distillation. And your description is spot on regarding the sweetness/bitterness holding together to the end as the oil does not end up to the usual generic dusty wood I found in many Kalimantan/Indonesian oud oils. EXCELLENT!
This one starts with the top notes from a Borneo oil, but then settles into this long lasting agar wood incense like fragrance that just cruises along like there's an electric burner in the back ground gently heating agar wood. A really nice oil.
The Hirta gave me memories sumatora Jinkoh , am thinking to get a full bottle , just amazing , I don't how you pull that Japanese vibe out of your oils , but feels like am in a Dojo with a samurai meditating.