In the entire history of Agar Aura,
this is THE best bang-for-buck oud ever distilled. Bar none.
It may be hard to believe, when you smell this oil, that Koh Chang is the "lowest" of the three Koh Chang island oils in the series. Even the term "low" is unbefitting; the yield from this wood was 6ml per kilo of wood. Any distiller with hands-on experience will tell you that an oil of this caliber is anything but low.
Typically, this is the highest grade of wood that gets distilled.
If you aren't already aware of Agar Aura's precise use of terminology, quality ≠ grade. Although grade-wise Koh Chang was a distillation of "oil-grade" wood, it was the absolute highest quality of oil-grade wood i.e. ancient patches of oleoresin in an acient tree.
Its that aging of the oleoresin inside the standing tree that makes all the difference. And the difference is clear, the moment you smell this oil.
Swipe some on, and you are first greeted with a deep booming woodiness. Dry, bitter, and zesty; what's amazing is that the closest to its scent profile is neither mainstream Thai oud, nor oud from neighboring Cambodian, but rather oud from the east-most island of Indo-China: Hainan island.
Sweet notes of thick old-fashioned Merlot-flavored cough syrup tame and round out the zesty woody and herbal-rooty notes, but without flattening the scent profile. As a matter of fact, Koh Chang is easily the richest, most complex, and most dynamic oud oil in its price bracket.
Add to all this the fact that on top of all this, Koh Chang is an island oud, and so it is imbued with the same sparkly breezy 'fairy dust' that you find in oils from other islands like Borneo and Sri Lanka.
So how different is a wild high-quality Thai oud from readily available plantation Thai oud oils?
You'll be surprised.
The Koh Changs are
shapeshifters for me. I have not smelled anything like
them until now.
I tried Koh Chang out of curiosity since I have a bottle coming. I can feel a buzz around my tongue, nose, ear and general sinus area.
My father got the bottle of Koh Chang Hazrat and he loves it MaashaaAllah.
Likened to Hainan. Bitter, citrus (kumquat), gently madicinal, a little sharp, faintly (but hardly) sweet. Borders on "green" (crushed leaves, freshly broken, moist branches and stems) smelling without committing.
Caught wind of some not-too-sweet sugar cookies after the opening before it went "full bitter".
Additional depth, or "body", maybe "volume" to the bright, sharp, bitterness means satisfying richness, while still being dry and medicinal.
I loved Koh Chang sample.
Sweet opening with traces of Borneo before all sweetness disappears for a slightly tart, turmeric, spicy, camphoric, medicinal array that approximates Chineese oud. Some honey peaks back in for the drydown.
- Customer (USA)
Best part that I like about the Koh Chang oils is their complexity... So many facets/notes that are all beautiful.
Koh Chang i find it superb compared to its price.
Just applied Koh chang , alhamdulilah very pleasant, top notes toasted bread with saffron honey. It’s very good, Subhanallah
- Customer (USA)
out of the 3, this is easily identifiable as Taha's crassna. Very refined, opens up with medicinal, albeit bitter, herbal scents. Progresses into a tea-like sweetness. Not tart at all. Not the serious, dark tobacco types. Like sweet, refined tea for a calming, soothing, "zen" session, after the medicinal aspects dissipate. Something to relax the nerves. Reminds me of oils in the calibre of Kuzen, Kanzen, Mardelong, Au Luong, yet those are cambodians. The only big difference, is the medicinal herbal aspect of it, which is quite uncommon among crassnas IMO (especially thai). Here, it's more like pursat select.