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  1. mikhalil

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    I’m 100% sure your answer to that question, with all your years of study and expertise, would be better than mine. But since you asked, my understanding from paying attention to knowledgeable people over the last couple years is that the top/opening notes are the first to go, and I feel the top notes are what puts OR04 on a different level than GP. After 45 minutes of a blissful “Royale” opening, a more traditional Papuan drydown emerges (and keeps giving for 8 hours or more), that to me is quite similar to GP, which has more of a consistent profile throughout use.
     
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    I do think I’ll be willing to part ways with an unused bottle of my Green Papua. I also have a bottle of Kinamantan from the recent limited re-release that I have up on eBay. Just wasn’t my cup of tea. A sale would be fine but what I’d like even more is a trade with someone who has any Tigerwood 95, Sultani ‘90 or Encens/Oud Royale ‘85 that I can bolster my supplies with. Feel free to hit me up!
     
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    i dont know. i would like to think GP with enough age with develop that liqueur note but i dont know for sure. or04 is awesome. no doubt. regal, poised. deep. for my taste GP still sits a touch higher. hopefully my amalgam oil will marry the best of the qualities...
     
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    the mighty sultan salahudin came out to play today. almost every bit as awesome as its higher tier sultan brothers. and this is like gp and or04 had a child and the child grew up to become james bond. dashing, regal, poised and ah so perfect.

    later in the day, i skipped dessert and instead went for two sweeeeet oils: yusuf (apricot nectar) and american oud (the multi faceted blend).
     
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    Wearing today's mail tonight. I'm only on my first wearing, but so far this is a winner for me! Right up my alley as far as profile goes.
     

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    Yesterday; Hainan Ultima by IO, by far the best hainan and the best IO I have ever tried!

    Agarwood Assam, Meitei;
    I got a gentle fermentation notes in the opening, a little bit red/rusty orange; that's the kind of fermented note I can enjoy! (I can't say that I Love that kind of notes, but I can appreciate it.) Then, I find the color of the oil opaque. I got rusty, brown and black. I got this fermented notes that slowly turn to be what people call leathery, but it's very subtle.
    I find the smell of the background very dusty, like the smell of a incense ash paste, and a little bit of resin.
    The smell is very dense and dark, it's interesting for that, and it's probably a pretty good offering for that kind of oud.
    But they are not my style anymore.
     
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    We invited another couple over for NYE last night. Of course I had to bring out (some of) my collection. The only two everyone agreed upon (2 ladies, one man) were Borneo 3000 (this year’s release) and the OR04 I can’t stop touting. A couple more swipes in, and I’m convinced this is one of those special, once every year or two kinds of oils. Being a little deeper/darker, I was actually surprised both women approved of it, but I guess western noses are just drawn to the Papuans. They thought my other two faves, ER85 and TW95 were “very strong,” probably trying to say they didn’t like them in a nice way, but like with anything, some things are acquired. Probably the vast majority of people who don’t smoke cigars wouldn’t know the difference between a $5 and a $200 one. I didn’t even bother bringing out the real heavyweights like Oud Ahmad or Kinam Rouge. There’s no way the nuances of those oils would mean anything to first timers.
     
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    I was just asked about what oud to wear with a suit, and of course the heavyweights come to mind. Oud Ahmad and Kinam Rouge would be my go-to for any lux tux event, but my experience with Purple Sumatora today has just added another oil to the roster.

    The regal opulence of the opening is dignified but the underlying chili pepper note adds a provocative edge and over an hour in the projection is just increasing and not until about the one hour mark did I taste of the refreshing cola note, in this case tinged with purple continually backed by an ultra lux silky resinous tone smoldering beneath.

    Purple Sumatora is one of those ouds that exhibits the true meaning of Artisanal oud oil, excellent performance, scent development, and allure.
     
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    Tigerwood royale on today. Just cant get enough of this oil.
     
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    <3 lovey dovey that oil lol
     
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    Hainan 2005
    kinda wanna drink it :D
     
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    I think that’s my number one “zen” oil. There’s something so calming and transcendent about it. Mainline a dab right under your nose next time you’re praying/meditating and thank me later
     
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    Oud Extraordinaire On today.
    This is the thickest oil ive ever seen, what makes a oil thick vs thin ?
    Think this one might just be my favourite organic oud. 8FAF0FDC-2C52-451B-B7F6-A29E128912F5.jpeg
     
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    It was Tigerwood 1990 for Friday prayer today. While the profile is not as pristine as its Tigerwood cousins ‘95 and Royale, it’s a manly oil that projects like no other. I usually have to dab right under my nose to get the full effect of Oud. With this one, a swipe across my lower beard and a dot on my wrist and I keep getting wonderful whiffs every time I move.
     
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    I own Oud Extraordinaire also. Mine is thick like paste. I believe the thickness is due to distillation process waxes and lipids. They are harmless though.
     
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    hey simon!

    agreed on hainan ultima being the best Imperial offering along with shahjahan. however as best hainan (not that there is such a thing), i encourage you to save up and see what royal kinam 2.0 is all about. sooooo many tiers above ultima that is almost unfair to say both come from same place. the good news is quite frankly 1/4 of the wear amount of royal kinam comapred to other oils like ultima is more than enough. so in some ways it is actually not all that expensive b/c sooooo little of the oil is needed to get a proper read on it.

    on that note here is a bit more about royal kinam 2.0:
    i am 3 wears in. distinctly an oriscent oil. shares the same classic bitter medicinal, endlessly deep, piercing while fat and round on the top quality that all oriscent oils seem to have. i do wonder how much of that is the result of the aging vs method of disttilation. likely both.

    while kyara ltd for example has many distinct yet cohesive accords to it, royal kinam like nha trang ltd is monotone but what a tone.... it is indeed kinam and chinese kinam to be exact. the scent is very very close to old growth proper hainan and hong kong wood ( i procured via KZ and also in incense stick form from legenary Wu Shuang Ge) to my nose and with my experience. a gently cooling note is wrapped around bittersweet, mind tingling, elating yet grounding quality. these tier oils to me are equally if not more about the place they take you than the actual scent. they are truly like a shuttle transport the wearer. in this case i get mental images of a monestary on top of a hill in a non tropic jungle. more of a central china/japan imagery comes to mind vs. lets say thailand or cambodia.

    while the kinam note is even more distinct in hailam ltd., somehow i actually enjoy royal kinam 2.0 more. lucky me cause iirc hailam ltd is a $5+K oil.
     
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    suka cita, a high grade suamtran oil from agar aura was the scent of the morning. same cola notes seen in some malay oils along with incredibly high fequency notes of citrus zest and cirtus soda. sobering, energizing and pretty. a wow oil that literally goes right to your head.

    aceh candan, another sumatran oil from ensar is what i have on now that i am home from work. virtually no resemblance or shared notes between them. in the case of aceh candan, we know the species is hirta, while if i trust my nose, suka cita like royal sumatra is a maleccensis species. either way, aceh candan has a white pepper funk in its core while purple marshland/lake floral notes like lotus mingle with a vegetal green note. there is a pond profile and algea blue green purple profile at play.
     
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    Was that the micro batch oil that Ensar described as “a never before smelled flower,” or something to that effect?
     
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    Oud Royale 2004 on today. Just going to relax all day and enjoy this one:)
     
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    That's one of the ways Ensar described it, yes. One of my favorites.
     
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