Well, the world of Oud is ruled by Hindi, and in Hindi domain AO Meghalaya is the crown, for me at least. It is like a beloved's wrath that is, in reality, a sheer beauty. – Rai, India
Reviews for the previous batch
This oud really does start off primordial – hay and earth. It both smells like dry hay and wet earth. But that isn’t it of course – there is a sweetness to it at the start, and the smell of savory toast. After only a couple of minutes for me, it starts turning into a deep honey. Still some of that earlier hay, but mostly a deep deep honey. Not to say that it is only sweet – imagine smelling wild honey still in the comb in the middle of the woods. All of the ouds that I’m fortunate enough to have smelled from Ensar take me to another place and another time – and this one is no exception. I like to wear it after work to relax, but it also smells great on skin outside, warming in the sun. – Matt, MA
The Assam Organic is just what I wanted – bold, beautiful barnyard notes in the opening, revealing the classic Hindi oud character with leathery hay-like notes coming through as the oil naturally progresses. – Muhammad, South Africa
Let’s rewind to not so long ago, before Ensar went organic and began his distillation efforts with cultivated agarwood. Let’s rewind to when there were a lot more wild oud oils being offered on his website, and when there was no ‘Organic Oud’ section at all. Even before all of these recent developments, Ensar had already proved that organic oud could equal or even surpass wild oud, when artisanally distilled. And how did he do that? Assam Organic.
With Indian oils being my favorite, I do not know how I missed this one for so long. Assam Organic is truly an oil worth raving about, for many reasons. From my memory, this oil has been available on Ensar’s website for quite some time. In fact, now that I have smelled it, I’m surprised it has survived for so long, without selling out. In fact, aside from Oud Yusuf and Oud Yunus, all the oils I have reviewed have completely sold out.
I currently have a collection of wild Indian oils that I consider to be the heart of my oud collection. I feel that within those oils is the true essence of oud, its power as a fragrance, and the reason why it has been sought after for hundreds of years. And now there is Assam Organic, a cultivated Indian oil that is every bit as deep, complex, and sophisticated as the wild oils. It begs a worthy comparison.
Assam Organic opens with a delicious flurry of notes, all opening together so fast that all the individual notes fuse together to a majesty of a single primordial note that is at once whole and multi-faceted. At three years-old, it is the youngest of Indian oils I have tried, and yet the closely-bound and well-developed notes show the sign of a properly aged Indian oud. I can only begin to imagine where this oil will be a few years from now.
This oil is rich. It is deep and puzzles the senses with its playful harmony of notes. Assam Organic has a slightly fruity tinge to it that is very similar to Oud Mostafa, although not nearly as pronounced or developed. In general, the notes in Assam Organic are more of a fluid song than an orchestrated composition. Its melodiousness reveals a feminine side that is rarely found in Indian oils. I believe this is what Ensar is referring to when he writes that Assam Organic has a ‘translucency and etherealness that is only comparable to Borneo 50K’.
It is very translucent and smooth, light on the skin, as if one were wearing a Borneo oil. Usually, Indian ouds have a much ‘heavier’ and thicker feel. However, this is not to imply that Assam Organic is a ‘light’ oil in terms of fragrance and sillage. It is just as powerful, loud, long-lasting and robust as one would expect an Indian oud to be. But it has a certain finesse.
Do not be mistaken, Assam Organic is your characteristic Indian oud. Animalic, but not quite fecal. There is more of a bitter-woodiness mixed with slight undertones of grapefruit all swirling in the deeply resinous heart of the oil. Overtones of suede permeate the fragrance, just when you think it could not get any better.
It is a true testament to right cultivation and artisanal distillation that Assam Organic comes from mature 20 year-old trees that were cultivated and yet remains comparable to Indian oils from wild 80 year-old trees. This is astonishing to me.
Above all, I am quite pleased to find an Indian oil of such quality for only $279. Highly recommended for established Indian Oud lovers, Assam Organic also makes an excellent introduction to Indian Oud for those who have not yet ventured into its luxurious territory. – Neeshee, HI
I have developed a fondness for the slightly feral undertones of the Indian oil, but these undertones can vary radically from company to company. Your Indian Oud strikes a perfect balance between refinement and wildness; it is a cut above any other I have experienced. – L. Nichol, NM
It's divine! – Belinda, Australia
Just got the Assam Oud. Must say, y’all are nothing short of fantastic. You shipped it to perfection (as in I didn’t have to deal with goofy customs which is so unnecessary) and the bottle was FULL, not sort of full, not close to full but right to the top full. I appreciate integrity. It gets my loyalty.
As someone who has truly worked hard to access and use high quality packaging, I commend you on yours. It feels special, like you know you are getting something that will change how you smell (scent-wise). Macy’s can’t do that!
Now the Oud... if I ever had a past life, this Assam Oud was in it. It is so deep, earthy, musky, reminds me of some of the elements of civet. So animalistic... As an aromatherapy practitioner who works with over 350 essential oils, absolutes and CO2s, I can’t even describe all the notes that I pick up on first sniff. This is some powerful stuff. Thank you! – Cher, Canada