Aroha Kayaku (2020)

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  1. Rezwan

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    I just found out that Ensar Oud released a new distillation of Aroha Kayaku, it'sthe 2020 distillation.

    I would love to hear from dear brother Adam or our maestro Ensar Oud himself that, how does it compare to the previous 2018 distillation?
     
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    The previous distillations featured Cambodian agarwood resin infused into organic Thai crassna; the current batch boasts Maroke resin instead! ;)
     
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    Wow
     
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    So this one would have like a petrichor and earthy smokiness?
     
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    You said it.
     
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    I want to grab a bottle soon, hopefully it doesn't get sold out soon.
     
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    Thanks for reaching out @Rezwan, another brother from Spain also had a question regarding it and the differences between Black Sumbawa and AK2020 so I'll share my Insider Insights below:

    Both of these have come at perfect times for the Northern Hemisphere as temperatures are cooling and warm, darker colors and notes are in season.

    Black Sumbawa and Aroha Kyaku 2020 do both have a smoke facet to them however they're very different.

    The smoke facet in Black Sumbawa is more of a mesmerizing jungle fog, a smokey narcotic haze like the buzz of tuberose without the floral, a green note so dense it's as black as resin... Oud Sultani 1990 comes to mind in comparison although there's a more camphoric aspect to Black Sumbawa while Oud Sultani 1990 had a pleasant inky resinous facet.

    The Pursat and Khao Ra Kam characteristics of Black Sumbawa interestingly emerge later on during the scent evolution in what you'd consider the heart and basenotes of the profile, although I would have expected them earlier on, and indeed upon close observation you'll note them earlier carrying the petrichor green smoke of Sumbawa but they're most predominant later.

    As for the New Aroha Kyaku, 2020. To me this is most reminiscent to the early days of Aroha Kyaku that any of the Maroke Arohas have been. The previous batches have had a dry smoke character, which many have enjoyed but I feel this 2020 batch is the most refined. Even when digging your nose into it it's hard to pinpoint any usual Maroke characteristics.

    A balance has been achieved such that the smoke facet is on the threshold for the entire duration exuding its presents but never taking over and dominating. The diffusive grey character lends itself suggestively and you can feel it surrounding you but the experience is never ashy rather like the plumes from bubbling agar.
     
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    Just ordered myself a bottle ;):D
     
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    That's great @Rezwan, once you get it please let us know your thoughts.

    Aroha Kyaku is a well known Ensar Oud profile so your impressions of the New batch will be beneficial to many.
     
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    Oh man, I'm in love with Aroha Kayaku (2020). I have no prior experience with the older ones, but this, oh man, this is the bomb.

    I just received the V-Vial, upon opening it, I didn't even have to inhale, I just opened the cap and my room's air already filled with a beautiful smoke, like as if someone put a bakhoor burner in my room. I never had the agarwood burning experience, but this is really what I imagine it's like. Beautiful sweet, resinous, dark, tobacco smoke, this is really something man. :):rolleyes:
     
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