*During distillation we kept back a little of the first fraction, this is the lightest, brightest part of the oil which comes off within the first 12 to 24 hours. We decided to leave that to the side for ageing. Happy to offer that to you now!*
Wild wood in India is hard to find, we all know that. However it is there, majority of it taken quickly from the hands of hunters and exported to the hub that is Dubai. Hunters regularly bring new harvests to major towns and villages to sell their wood and our partner has a great network. The wood used for this oil has come from the border of Assam and Manipur, closest village to it called Semkhor. After enquiring further we were made to understand that the material wasn’t sourced from one tree but from a few within that region, either side of the Assam/ Manipur border.
We love our Hindi oils, for most of us the introduction in to this world probably started with a whiff of cultivated, funky, punch in the nose Oud-al-Hindi. We have tried to push the envelope into more complex, wild Hindi oils with a few good offerings (Rangapara, Kushiara) which have set what we would believe to be quite a high benchmark. This oil has been distilled by a very experienced, local distiller; someone who understands exactly how to get the best out of the wood and has been brought upto speed regarding hygiene standards. Good clean setup, no hands used for collection, wood not soaked for months to rot, perfect.
As this is a wild oil its a very dignified, characterful oil. Opening is sweet musk, a refined nature not brash at all. The wild mountain air surrounds one as you take deep inhalations, rich jungle woodiness turning to sweet floral nectar. Take a nice headlong dive into Indian Oud…