Carrying on from where we left off with Kejalasan, Kedah Thaqeel is the big brother of the former.
Wood sourced from Kedah province and witnessed by Imperial Oud personally before grinding, this oil fills us with great pride. Burning on the coals and gently heating lots of wood on the electric burner whilst sat with the distiller our discussions veered towards how Kejalasan which was a beautiful sweet oil hadnt captured the deep oudy quality that came out during the burn. We decided to increase soak times and slightly different cooking techniques to hopefully produce an oil which had the sweet spicy opening of Kejalasan and would dry down to a gourmand style deep oudy base.
We were very pleased to see the process had produced a thick juicy oil, not sticky but rich and thick- thaqeel. From the stick and initial application the sweetest Cardamom and Cinnamon zing through, the prettiness of the opening is still there.. The spices continue, star anise, nutmeg and splashes of tamarind all delicately unfold, however now the thick richness of the oil completely takes over. Whereas the former turned brighter and more floral, KT emits a deep incense oudy vapour, you can almost smell the viscosity as it clings to to your sinuses. The Incense in this is powerful, but not overbearing, it will continually beckon you to the wrist to take ever more deeper lungfuls.