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    Driving home tonight on Tropical Trail up Merritt Island along the Banana River (nearly full moon above) sunroof open 60° F (16 C) cool air rushing in through the moonroof. Returning home from a wine tasting down at the Green Turtle in Indian Harbour Beach.
    Inhaling deeply Kalbar 3000. How blessed can one be? The scent is so divine in the cool night air. I am humbled in thankfulness that this kind of experience is possible. I cannot describe in detail the nuances of this fragrance other than to say it strikes such a chord in my awareness of how profoundly good something can smell. Two years ago right now I'd have never guessed something like this was out there. Though I wasn't, per se, looking for this, when I discovered it a new level of passion was kindled! I feel most fortunate that I was open to experiencing all that these scents have to offer to both physical senses and spiritual awareness. No man-made chemical perfume can approach the depth, richness and authenticity these enthralling distillations offer. Thanks to Ensar Oud for what they have made available. Inspiring works of art. Eternally grateful for how these marvelous fragrances enrich my life!
    Sunday night we are launching a Solar Orbiter from Cape Canaveral, a joint project of NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) that will study the Sun up close( relatively speaking), taking high-resolution images of the Sun's poles for the first time, and seeking tounderstand the Sun-Earth connection, its magnetic fields and plasma physics. Learning about of our local star is critical as we depend more on space based satellite networks and begin again to venture out to the moon and Mars.
     
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    EO Chugoku Senkoh left
    EO Mostafa VII right

    mind numbing :D
     
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    EO Oud Musa
    EO Oud Shibli

    Hindi day
     
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    EO Oud Musa
    EO Oud Shibli

    Hindi day

    Great duo's ...i'll try them too (two) ...also
     
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    Been a great past few days: kannan Koh. Sultani. Twr. Green papua. Sultan beyazit and salahudin. Royal guallam. Kyara Ltd 2.0 and nha trang ltd. Also Port moresbey a few days before that. But one oil has again come on top for me. Yet again royal kinam 2.0 is the one I strongly get pulled to and feel it’s magenrtic powers. When is on the oriscent signature of steel, iron, blood note wrapped around a bitter ethereal note yet around a medicinal profile and a static buzz. Not sharp and high pitches like Taha’s top tier but more rounded and toned down yet still very much outward. Think purple kinam. Hello... an oil with silage of miles...
     
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    I like both but prefer shibli for its Honeybush tea notes. Sweeter. Very manipur/bhutan in profile. But not tropical fruit like Nagaland.
     
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    Royal maluku seram from afar aura
    More iris and lilacs than orris butter. Lean and ballerina figure and strength. Beautiful and intoxicating. Did I wish for a bit of fat and sinus clinging marrow goodness? Yes. But can’t have it all, specially when the top notes and heart are so pretty.
     
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    Today's swipe turned out to be a duo for comparison.
    Being a big fan of Chugoku Senkoh, I thought I'd dig it out and give it a whirl with the new Chugoku Jinko.

    The sample of Chugoku Senkoh i’m testing today is from a freshly opened 1gr v-vial that was split from another 3g v vial and put into storage. I’ve been wearing the remnants of my original Chugoku .3 sample vial on and off since last week, and that one has become somewhat devoid of the base notes due to years of opening and closing, oxidizing, climactic abuse, travelling, refilling from a larger vial, and sharing with friends. The searing aqueous top notes are still gorgeous though.

    From this fresh vial, the opening of CS presents that familiar aqueous note that I love. That clean, slightly cooling, stratospheric, aged citrus, tangy bit of high altitude sunshine. Subsequent evolving notes include leather, a psychedelic pasture of golden hay, followed by the emergence of some nutty Sinensis elements. I confess I don’t have a lot of reference for Chinese oils, I only have China Sayang. I’ve tried a few in passing, and like them quite a bit, just haven’t acquired them yet.

    With a little blotting on the skin, tart, high-mountain red berries unfold along with my original observation years ago of a “violet” candy type sweetness. Still perceivable, and a welcome bit of nostalgia. Dry down brings forth more wet minerals, and passing breeze from a tobacco saddle that flew by a few minutes back. 2 hours later, and I'm imagining a cup of lapsang steeping nearby.

    Switching over to a small swipe of Chugoku Jinko, it's an immediate denser, solid kick-drum drop in contrast to CS on the other arm. Sweeter, “hindi-like” (sans barn) ….the milky sweetness is making me remember something perhaps from one of the Muanas something or other similar that I've tried from Rasoul’s library. Hopefully he can add his two-cents in the coming days. Delightful. A tiny dustiness rising after the first 10 minutes, like the aftermath of rider that has recently gone by, and then teeter-tottering back and forth between sweet milk and a mellow CS “tanginess”. This is certainly from the Chugoku family, and is a pleasant cousin. Third micro-swipe: dense opening triple stamped, and a bit more saddle leather/ hay upfront before the sweeter note reveals itself. Pleasurable sweetness. Dry-down tips it’s hat to the Chugoku family shield as it rides off into the high mountain sunset. A very well priced oil, even more so at the current sale price. @Micheal Smith , I think you should try this. Guilt free swipes, as they say.

    Get samples of your own, take the challenge, and post your thoughts, would love to hear them. I’d like to bring out the Chugoku Naya one of these days, and revisit that as well.
     
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    Could say a bit more about the "royale/sultan style" cooking and what that necessarily entails and how it compares to other styles? Or perhaps link to another resource? :)
     
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    I mean how can I follow that. I can’t. But here is an analytical mind juxtaposed that of an artist and someone who experiences oud with their heart and soul.

    Chugoku jinko is indeed a sibling of the trio of chugoku senkoh, chugoku naya and assamugo senkoh.

    in short: Impressed. Considering the price, then my answer changes to very impressed.

    if you ever wondered what assamugo and chugoku senkoh were all about but couldn’t get the oil or wasn’t in your budget; then I say run and grab this! 80+% same dna at 1/3 or is it 1/4 of the price!!!! Not just in notes but the equalizer level of the treb, mid, base. Not saying is copy cat. No. CS has extra kick to the balls in the opening and two extra kick in the groin in the drydown. Yet we are in vicinity. Jinko is in close ballpark of all aforementioned trio.

    closest to to my nose is assamugo then chugoku senkoh. by a margin of a hair. The most contrast is with naya which is sweeter, more floral, higher pitches and fatter yet. nay is The biggest of the 4 and the one that for my nose and liking is years away from its peak.

    This jinko here though is totally 100% relaxed in its own skin and ready to go. Smooth. Subtle. Round. Polite. Just the perfect kiss of sweetness. Not enough to ever make u think of possibly Nagaland or Bhutan or manipur origin, but enough to be more approachable than senkoh.

    Baaam
     
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    Excellent question. I am not going to comment on royal/royale, but I can say for my own usage, I view both the same tier and oils or wood that is a clearly extra level or two above the mid tier standards. Mid tier in my view are oils that mostly fall in $450-600 price range for full size. Yet excellent examples exist outside: eg Taha’s latest new malay oil and many others from both ensar team taha and rest.

    I’ll talk more about sultan and oriscent comparison here.

    I am sure not ALL oriscent oils are immediately picked up as oriscent but I am here to say most are! And that signature is hard to explain. Here is my best attempt: instantly gives a vietnamese and a medicinal Chinese quality to any wood regardless of origin. So a strong artisan signature across the board. There is also a red quality to them. A rusted nail. Steel. Iron. Vibe. More importantly they are all extremely well rounded. Aged. Proper. Nothing out of place. No sonic wave top notes. They are regal. Intense but rounded and soft edge. Also they last forever. Exceptionally above and beyond other great oils. Oriscent oils again and again last longest on my skin.

    I can say the same thing about “sultan” oils. But is more convoluted. Sultan as in any oil ending up under sultan category, or sultan as in the few year long exceptional NG wood based oils with many hundred Co fermented oils? Regardless of which, all sultan oils have extra everything. That’s the short answer. They are the loud punchy hifi system. Deeeeeep subwoofer with equally insane tweeter. Their Top notes are taha gen 3 like in instant mind buzz department. Thicker notes here though. More depth and fat and weight is sensed behind those glimmering top notes of sultan oils.


    In sum:
    sultan oils are oud on steroid. Oud gone CrossFit. Outward oils.
    Oriscent oils are mysterious. Intellectual. Hypnotic Inward oils.

    in cooking terms: sultan oils are bold cooking. American bbq. Kababs. Jambalaya, curries and Chili’s. Outstanding depths and bold flavors. Oriscent oils are more minimalism cuisine. Some traditionally minimal like sushi, some avant garde minimal like the molecular food and today’s 3 Michelin star scene...

    Hope this helps.
     
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    the sweetness in chugoku jinko to my nose is well below the sweetness level of Bhutan/naga... oils. The jinko is indeed drier. Leaner. More slender. It is however a touch sweeter than both senkohs.
     
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    Purple malay x2:

    the excellent and fantastic agar aura malaya. Delicious. Gourmand. Narcotic purple floral mixed with plenty of cola and zesty notes. Fat. Rich. Plenty of oudy oud marrow.

    purple kinam
    Sun moon and stars lined up for this one. What an oil. This oil has everything one wants. Just spectacular and should be on ever ya ingle oud lovers short list.
     
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    Satori Fusho on the left and Oud Yaqoub on the right. I just received my package today, which included Satori Fusho, and per Adam's recommendation (thank you) I did a side-by-side comparison to gain a better understanding of the Sultan Mustafa effect. It is a great compare and contrast, but I could smell the difference before I evened opened the bottle of Oud Yaqoub. For organic cultivated oud oils, I really love Oud Yaqoub, Oud Yusuf, and now Satori Fusho. I'm going to compare to Czar Sultan next.
     
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    I wore ZaZa Zen yesterday. It’s great, especially for the price.
     
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    With all the exciting new releases, I almost didn't even cast a glance at this one, but I'm glad I did.

    Bhutan Blue it is.

    The Bhutanese and Cambodian produce a unique synergy. I perceived the peppery peat character of the Cambodi, but it was rounded off by a sweetness a touch of wild berries. . . which yielded the blue I believe it was named after.

    But almost just after that, the blue seemed to turn red and a fleeting glimpse of a red chili pepper note peaked in and out before revealing itself full force as burning oud chips.

    Not gently heated here, but more like the smell you get from the smoke produced when taking a butane torch to the tip of a chip, a highly concentrated dose of its resinous core.

    Big thumbs up for the atypical organic oud profile which is quite addictive due to its novelty. I keep checking to see how it has progressed. Much more complex than many organic ouds, very easy to wear and an enjoyable sample for the Oudept.
     
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    Betonamu senkoh
    Been very eager for this one. A senkoh it is. No doubt. Like other oils in this genre there is a nakedness and a distinct aesthetic at play.

    Scent wise is more the crassna side of Vietnam than sinesis. In fact there is an oil and a mighty one called kinam rouge that rings closest to betonamu.

    I am gonna go as far as say is like kinam rouge went keto diet, leaned out and became drier in that red cherry tobacco medicinal sweetness profile.
     
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    Oud Ertugrul

    First drop: A soaring, high-summer berry Borneo vapour. Summer has been flown in to Mordor-by-the-sea to dissolve the cloud cover.
    I’ll be curious to visit this one with some sunshine on my skin, but in the stalemate of winter, this will do just fine.

    Second observation: Static and buzz descends after the first firework flash lights the sky. Borneo characteristics begin to take centre stage.

    Third sniff: A vanilla-like wave rises to cover the static and brings the fruit character front and centre again.
    Confection with a heart of sweet vanilla atop a glaze of cosmic Borneo plasma.

    This is really stunning. Even though my savings are currently earmarked for raw Agarwood for heating and Royal Kinam, I’m tempted to detour for a bit more of this. To me this much more than your average Borneo, because of the magnification of the sweeter notes. I can’t say I have much in this genre to offer more educated insight. The little bit of B50K I had is gone. I suppose I could rope White Kinam into this geographic scent profile.

    Taking a look at the product write-up now, I agree with the "orris root drunk on vanilla" comment.
    I hadn’t thought of that. Gonna go visit my orris butter vial later and bliss out, perhaps add a side swipe of orris to see what happens as Ertugrul dries down later today.

    Forth rocket stage: An hour in and the sweetness of the raspberry-cinnamon-vanilla swirl is still swirling a top a solid Borneo profile.
    Good strength and long lasting.
    Very clean. quality oil. Excellent release.
     
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    If it wasn’t for white kinam/Borneo diesel, I would say ertugrul is a malinau on steroids. It is not a typical malinau though as the profile goes beyond that specific regional character. Delicious stuff. Dessert oud.
     
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