Into Indonesia… pt1

Imperial Oud have released some Indonesian oils before which were well received however we wanted to really push the boundaries of what we could offer. Our decision to go exploring for high quality artisan pure Oud was therefore very easy to make. The distiller we have been working with for quite some time now is truly the master of Malinau. We have the absolute confidence in him to provide truly exceptional oils and therefore had to meet up on our "oudyssey" . We arranged to meet up in the second largest city in Java - Yogyakarta as we have another partner based in this historic city too.

Firstly Malinau- he had brought along some samples of new oils he was working on, using different techniques which we had discussed prior to our arrival. What he presented to us was absolutely fantastic. First of all the North Kalimantan oil, we had good success with Rasa Hutan as the wood used was wild and economical allowing us to offer the oil sub $150. This time we had agreed on a better grade of wood (Click Here) which was definitely incense grade. Also we had discussed in great length about soak times, temps etc. Our aim was to provide an absolutely smooth vanillic, honeyed oil with a deep jungle vibe. As we flipped open the cap and took deep breaths in we knew he had achieved it... With big grins on our faces we applied the oil, spot-on. Exactly what we wanted, nothing sharp, transitioning smoothly, pure bliss. With a big smile on his face "Its good, no?" "OK, I have one other, Special, green oud oil..." He took out another sample vial of crystalline green oil. "This oil very hard, out of 100 resin tree only 3 have green resin oil". The oil itself was a complete wonder, remove all the woody green notes and your left with this, a complete honey/ eucalyptus perfume of an elixir. The closest smell to this would be a Beccerania oil however this was in the Borneo Malacensis style. Not 100% sure just yet which oil we will release, maybe both...

  Jogja also has another distiller another artisan, well actually The Artisan, The Mad Scientist and The Wise One; a great group of friends and real pioneers in Indo Oud oil. Those who were lucky will have experienced the smoky, peppery green sweetness of Sumatran Micro (Penganan). That oil was an absolute delight and has been requested so many times by people who bought it or sampled it. They had informed us before our visit that raw material of a good incense grade was available so we pulled the trigger on its purchase. upon our arrival in Jogja, after feasting on the local (Soto Kadipiro, gudeg kering and obviously nasi goreng) we were driven through the winding streets to the distillery. We had seen their setup before but were very happy for them to see expansion in their projects. After some more refreshments, durian and cassava our scientist brought over the first few drops of the new Micro oil, It was drying in the glass Petri dish but the profile was all there.

What we really found captivating from the Microcarpa oils we had previously sampled and sold was the unique pepper note that weaves its way through the genus. One particular customer nailed it on the head where he said its like a sweet oudy version of a new car smell! Microcarpa oils are also a great way of getting into Oud as they rest easy on a western palette, you dont have the hard hitting notes commonly found in Hindis or Cambodi oils (although we dont do hard hitting!). End of Part 1, Part 2- Kalimantan!
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