Sumatran oils are very intense, whichever part of the island, the oils are always bursting with aroma. We had come across some very interesting wood, incense grade Microcarpa from the West coast of Sumatra, from the vicinity of Mount Singgalang, and knew we had to distil it. So on our last trip to Indonesia we met with a preferred distiller of ours in Yogyakarta, one who we trust to really extract the very best, nuanced characteristics of the wood. They’d already begun by the time we arrived, and what they had to show us was indeed very special. Microcarpa done well is very strange, people new to Oud do not even really consider it to be from the Aquillaria genus. It takes some convincing to prove its actually an oud oil.
Top notes of lemon and lime zest, slight hints of pine resin, orange blossom. As it dries down the zesty fruity nature changes, fresh cut nectarines make an appearance. Then slowly a deep oudy boozy character comes through. a kind of layer of aroma settles down; a most comforting richness. This is a finely honed perfume, one which is sure to delight and tantalise.