It opens very earthy. Less a smell of petrichor and more a smell of loam. As the earthy notes fade, a myriad of other oudy notes burst forth. I smell juicy fruits, dry wood, sharp resin, and a tinge of lime. Utterly composed and well integrated throughout. At full dryness, it’s pure oud with a hint of mint astringency. Age has made it smooth, but it’s lost none of its intensity. If I had to give someone who had never smelled oud an example, Tigerwood 1995 is *the* archetypal oud (with the exception of a fecal, barnyard note, but that’s not particularly newbie-friendly). Close sillage, but excellent tenacity. – Duncan, USA
On first application, burst of mentholated mint. Camphor, but not the medicinal variety, more so the freshly carved wood. So many notes, so many strange and interesting notes, uplifting and inspiring… balsamic? Really groping for the words here, but it’s beauty in structure.
After an hour the scent is more that of a workshop of aromatic woods, camphor still dominating but to a lesser degree, aroma now had become both intensely perfumed and balanced, lush and refreshing. Inhaling this is strangely invigorating in the same manner as a caffinated soap lukewarm shower, followed by a can of jolt cola but without the jitters. This absolutely has nootropic qualities to it. Bizarre that an exotic smell would have such an effect. This is certainly a masculine scent if worn out and about. – Robert, USA
I think this is by far one of the best of the best oud oils I have owned. Personally, I would consider this to be a well-balanced oud oil just as I like it. I’m not that good at picking up notes but as I’m sniffing the oil now, I get the combination of rich dark woods, fruits (reminds me of Oud Yusuf), spiciness and a bit of musk. Really top notch Malaysian oud. – Farid, UK
I can’t resist ordering a full bottle of Tigerwood 95 (in fact I have to exercise restraint not to order a whole tola). Not a day goes by that I don’t turn to Tigerwood for inspiration and peace. It is truly a masterpiece and at such a great price. I have over 35 magic oud oils from Ensar that I regularly sample, but there is something so playful and rambunctious about the funky, brassy and resinous goodness contained in that mystical elixir of Tigerwood. – Joel, Cambodia
The Tigerwood 1995 is just sooo amazing, and I haven’t even opened the bottle! Just smelling the uncapped, stoppered bottle ‘Regal’ comes to mind… the scent of Sheikhs and Kings of old. After receiving it, I couldn’t stop smelling this one. I had to tell myself “Stop… Put down the bottle… Step away… YOU HAVE TO MAKE DINNER!” – Keith, USA
Hard to imagine how much better than Tigerwood 95 a Malay can get. This oil has such incredible depth and sweetness it almost knocks me off my seat. – Taher, UAE
Just tried Tigerwood 1995 and I feel like I have hit the jackpot. – Bilal, Pakistan
Top note: is incredible. I smell kinam with green notes. It has a Sumatra scent profile that has a plum profile like aged Cambodian. Floral notes peeping back and forth. The viscosity is smooth & silky (sign of aging).
Middle note: comes out with a beautiful scent like Borneo Kinam III, with green notes still strong.
Dry down: is musky & spicy. I made ablution for salat and the top notes came out all over again with a powdery spicy scent. Just incredible.
All I can say is SubhanAllah! JazakAllah for an amazing oil. – Ish, Montreal
To me, Tigerwood 1995 is right behind Sultani in terms of Malaysians in my collection. I have […], which was made from sinking grade Malaysian wood, but nothing compares to the beauty of aged Oud to me. An absolute bargain at the price, I don’t care what anyone else says. – Customer
C’est mon premier oud de Malaisie et je dois dire que je ne suis pas du tout déçu et même plutôt agréablement surpris. C’est une huile trés sombre aux notes tres verte, avec une forte senteur résineuse, c’est boisé et muské a la fois. Je trouve beaucoup de similitude avec mon oud préféré le Meroke, avec cette vibrante et profonde scenteur de bois d’agar dans une forêt luxuriante humide. Le tout est très fondu, les notes s’entremêle, se chevauche avec brio, comme dans un parfum. D’ailleur c’est la première chose à laquelle j'ai pensé en ouvrant la fiol… un parfum de luxe. Le Tigerwood 1995 fait voyager dans un autre monde, fait d’odeur de bois et de résine précieuse… C’est magnifique… magique! – Thibot, France
I just got a chance to wear Tigerwood for the first time. It is exactly what I imagine my favorite modern Malaysian beasts will turn into in twenty years, when their Beastliness has been tamed a by age and come out more thoughtful and complex. This is what I’d hoped for when I ordered. Pure unfiltered oudyness. – Brad, USA
The Tigerwood 1995 is definitely my favorite. I frequently find myself craving the scent, and it never fails to please me. I thought it was noteworthy that when I first received it, my daughter took a whiff of it and said she had an immediate flashback to our trip to the tropical rainforest in Puerto Rico twelve years earlier. – Michael, USA
It is indeed a wonderful oud. Reminds me of other wild Malaysian and Indonesian ouds I have tried, but the age really gives it a special depth and smoothness – no funk or barnyard here. Bright wood notes and tons of resin with a hint of smoke. I’m also getting a bit of piny menthol and, dare I say, hashish. Very impressive, this one is definitely on my list. – Christian, Denmark
The Tigerwood should have been called Oud Royale if not for the word being overused by now LOL. It screams aged Oud... I do have two other artisanal Malay oils which resemble the profile somewhat but this really stands out in its refinement. I will have more to say later but I could actually taste it at the back of my tongue a few seconds after pulling my nose away from my forearm. – Taher, UAE
Both Tigerwoods from Ensar are essential. You must, for the good of all that is good for your sanity, experience both of them. – Stefan, Canada
JazakAllah khayr for Tigerwood 1995. The best way I can describe it is it has an old world charm about it, and for that price all I can say is, thank you! – Muhammad, UK
I love the raw, bright, rusty, reddish orange intensity. – Joel, Cambodia
Ok, just did a quick side by side of TW95 and TR. The first thing that came to my mind is how mind-bogglinlgy good these 2 oils are. Just incredible. Very different overall but distinctly similar as well. The TR is more camphorous, 'darker' and more musky and the TW95 a little greener perhaps?? The TR would be more of a sophisticated vs. the TW95 being a bit more raw in nature. The TR is clearly made of higher quality wood to my nose but that does not diminish the quality of the TW95. It is awesome in it's own right. I just don't know how one can choose between these two, other then by cost/budget. These just don't have any peers at their respective price points. – Phil, USA
Wow it has very deep resinous scent, shellacked dark woods like being in an antique shop or a wood paneled room or a forest with mighty evergreens. And later there is this incensey note that teases the nose. – Keith, USA