hi all hope this note finds you all well. when covid started i was convinced ill have plenty of time to re-acquaint myself with my stash of oils, yet with kiddo at home and "trying" to keep up with him, by the time evenings would roll in (oud time), i would be too exhausted for oil studies. incense and wood was what kept me busy. also, i find fall and winter to be better suited for oil wears. anyways, a little backstory of my absence. here we go. i am going to make up for my absence with the longest post of the year. grab your favorite oil, lay it on thick and read on. guallam 1: indeed an oriscent oil. not that i expected anything less from the exacting standards of ensar oud. the very first sniff off the vial, and i thought it had just "enough" oriscent signature to warrant the classification. but i was wrong. upon wearing it (now 3 times), that unique signature in all oriscent oils is here and more so than initially thought. it is NOT as in your face as some of the legends like nha trang ltd, kyara ltd, royal kinam... but nonetheless present. on to the profile... a "diet" and drier (less sweet) profile of the kinam rouge weaves in and out while the bitter old school vietnam (like guallam antique wood or royal guallam the oil...) keep things erect, together and away from becoming cloying. the crassna profile here is more vietnam crassna than cambodi/thai (no surprise since oriscent distillation setup is nothing short of alchemy. any and i mean any origin wood to date that is cooked oriscent style seems to come across as a top dog vietnam co-distill. they all have this kyara, bittersweet, medicinal kinamic thing going on: papuya. jayapula. oud royale maluku. pinoy ltd, pusong ltd, hailam ltd...... i would love to learn how or why. just out of curiosity... anyways. moving on. after 5-10 minutes, the profile changes to pretty much an oriscent vietnam profile with the crassna profile virtually all but absent. then as you thought this pony is done with its tricks, you go back and find a gentle fruity sweeter note coming to the foreground (more thai/cambodi this time). silage is great. projection is solid. for the remainder of the wear, the profile stayed similar. in sum: ensar team must have read minds cause i know a lot of us were hoping for an intro level oriscent release one day. best i can put it is guallam 1 is to nha trang, royal kinam... much like sultan salahudin or abdus selam are to sultan mustafa, ahmet, beyazit, suleiman... in other words, the naming of the oils are not a stretch. salahudin is very much carrying that unique co distill sweet sour oceanic blue green NG profile, just not as buzzy and static heavy as lets say suleiman. you dont need a decked out mercedes S class to get the fuss about this legendary carmaker. an e class would do. similarly here, guallam 1 will give you a solid idea of what oriscent oils are all about. for me personally, who have had the blessing and good fortune to have a small amount of various top dog oriscents, guallam 1 is still of interest, b/c it will allow me to wear them more regularly and without being too fussy about timing/setting, etc. truth be told i am thinking i will get a decent amount of this oil and split it 3 ways: 1) add a couple of drops of royal guallam and a drop of nha trang ltd to further beef up the old school vietnam profile. 2) add my own green oil kyara tincture to it and do an atomizer perfume 3) keep some of it unadulterated and on its own to observe its aging curve. ------------- ertugrul gazi: i am going to keep this one brief b/c my sample was a small one and i could really only get a good read on it the one time. second wear was too little to be able to break down the profile for you. if you have had the good fortune to small pattani wood or the pattani ltd oil, you will immediately recognize the profile here. knowing the other origins of wood used in this concotion, i look for papua or various NG profiles but instead, i find new accords never smelled before. As we all know, feeding the still A B and C doesnt mean it will spit out A B and C on the other end. it may give you only Z. or XYZ. or AHX. BMY or .... you see my point. this distillation is pretty wicked and from the very first whiff, it grabbed me by the throat and pulled me in HARD. a must buy even for someone like me that really should not be looking at adding any more oils to my stash. what can i say. this one is a MUST have. i would guaranteed kick myself till my end of days if i don't have atleast a measly gram of it. group buy anyone? ----------- irian erang literally the only other organic oil than the original yusuf that i LOVE. the rest are pleasant and nice smelling but dont stir my soul. this on the other hands totally does that. if it wasnt for similarly priced green papua and buying another bottle of it , i would have had a full bottle of this for casual, guilt free, every day wears. also if i was wearing oud as a cologne for scenting myself and pleasure of others (i dont), i would pick irian erang over green papua for it may just be the most western and new to oud friendly green oil i have ever smelled. the thai portion of the feedstock is very very very (did i say very?) integrated to a point that you will never smell the thai organic profile on its own. its always accompanying a beautiful oakmoss, fern, cooling minty and gentle earthy note. this is one heck of a oil, regardless of classification or price. wicked stuff. ----------- green papua 2019 the idea here is to compare it to the 2014 version. to my nose and since i got to try the 2014 GP back in late 2016 or early 2017, the two are cut from the same cloth and in fact the closest green oil to date to gp 2014 is gp 2019. not port papua, pr port archie, or archinam, or asgon or..... if you compare them now, they are maybe more different than same. at the moment, 2014 GP is sweeter, more liquer-y, more baking spices, less green, and pretty much lacks any bitterness or sobering qualities. is more about the heart notes. on the other hand the 2019 is greener, less sweet, more refreshing and top note has a decent buzz and nose tickle, evidence of the grade and quality of wood used. it also has one heck of a drydown. a beastly beast oudy oud marrow drydown that frankly is mostly seen in oils many folds its price. GP 2014 was the strongest quality-price ratio oil to date from ensar camp and i still feel the same about the 2019. at the moment i even prefer the 2019 over 2014. i put my money where my mouth is and already have two bottles of the 2019. only other oil i have backups of is tigerwood royale. stay tuned in for an update on some of agar aura's recent releases. so hard to write up about taha's oils for the 1) give you such a mind high that you can't be bothered studying them and writing notes 2) the notes are so abstract and hard to put to words. i will not be defeated though. I will do my best to try and convey what i smell and how it comapres or differs from other scents.