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    Czar Ceylon

    Price: $295

    Take the signature ocean-blue New Guinea profile and lavish it with Ceylonian mimosa. Not pretty, but elegant. Beautiful. Easily more wearable than even Oud Yusuf, the lush NG aquamarine bathed in Walla’s oceanic cool makes it the ultimate everyday wear, while still packing everything oud ought to be.

    Czar Ceylon is chock-full of oleoresinous oudiness, vibrant scent progression, and tenacity. Projection and sillage are great—exactly what you want with such an exotic aroma—and accessibility on par with any jasmine.

    I’ve said that Aroha Kyaku is a $2,500 smell we used as a PR statement. Even with that, Czar Ceylon is among the cheapest ouds I’ve ever released. So much so that it’s double, even triple the bargain People’s Sultan was, for several reasons.

    • We subsidized the New Guinea batch (wild) with wood sales (i.e. writing them off) as we did with People’s Sultan.

    • On top of that, we’re able to bankroll the Sri Lankan batch (100% wild) almost completely by ‘spreading’ its cost across other oils we’ve already paid off entirely, practically turning our profit into your gift.

    • We incorporated a touch of organic kyen in the cooking. Sadly, there’s little trace of the kyen after the wild New Guinea & Sri Lankan components wholly assimilated any remnant of its sencha note, enriching their respective profiles even further.

    The how of it all lies in the meticulous selection of raw materials and the way they get distilled. Anybody who has tried their hand at co-distillation knows how easily one profile dominates the other; how difficult it is to get a unique scent.

    Singling out three varieties of agarwood, each with the intrinsic Kōdō quality of ‘clarity’ (a lá Sultan Mujeeb, Satori Kensho, Suriranka Senkoh) and a proven record of incense-green crispness has something to do with it. As for tweaks and techniques, a key feature of the setup has less to do with copper or steel and more to do with seashells and ants…… and that’s all I have to say about that!

    I haven’t been as enamored with such a scent in a long time. Actually, I’m lying—not since Suriranka. And that should tell you everything. Based on how I’ve been dousing myself in it, this is NOT an oud you put aside for posterity. Use it, abuse it, force it on your house guests. I’m definitely telling certain people to get a couple of tolas worth. And that’s not Ensar the marketer talking, but Ensar your fellow oud lover. I’m confident that this will go down as the greatest deal in oud history, and—in all seriousness—one of the most enjoyable ouds all round. What I’m less sure of is if we’ll be able to offer oud of this caliber at this price again. (A company can’t subsidize its own products ad infinitum without going bankrupt, after all.)

    Like with the most ethereal Sultans or any of the Senkohs, Czar Ceylon is 100% agreeable to wear anywhere. Actually, with such wafts of incense you might set off a fire alarm in the office, but other than that… this is one oud you don’t have to feel guilty about swiping for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then some.

    Like you might have discovered with fine Sri Lankan ouds, there’s a tranquility to the aroma that makes it, for lack of a better expression… comforting. In aromatherapy terms, a soothing lavender-like effect that calms you down a bit; a eucalyptusian loosening of the nerves. (This was one of the addicting factors that made me take copious swipes of Suriranka whenever I used to leave the house.)

    If you’re unsure what your next oud should be, or you’re on the fence about finally taking the plunge into Aloes’ wonderland… or if you’re like me and want a fragrance that’s just downright delectable—on him or her—then this is the oud for you.

    Rest assured we cut no corners nor counted pennies crafting Czar Ceylon. You get wild incense-grade gyrinops shavings and hand-ground wild Walla Patta chips and strips (and not just from Sinharaja, either!) married into a scent that’s monkoh-awesome, champaka-sweet, with that lemon blossom bitterness that screams Serindepian incense. We watched the pot brew, in person (moving to Sri Lanka to do so) for 30 days straight (@high temp!)—ten more than even Suriranka Senkoh! Walla that takes a full month to squeeze at high-temp, cranked up even higher for the last ten days, entails wood of a different order.

    In case you’re wondering, Czar Ceylon blows Sinharaja X out of the water (in terms of raw materials AND olfactory depth). It exudes more refined heart notes, more tenacity, and none of this new-school lackluster development.

    I.e. expect several hours worth of loud listening. (I’m almost nine hours in, being pampered with Sultani incense. That said, I’ve already lacquered myself with three more swipes on different spots during this time… just wait till you’re in my shoes and you’ll know why! See also: "def. Addictive.")

    *I’m not comparing Czar Ceylon to giants like Suriranka Senkoh and the Sultan Series for dramatic effect. Pull any of these out of your collection and smell what I mean… and why buying a tola seems like most obvious thing you ever had to do.

    You cannot wish for a more rounded, full-spectrum oud oil. And I sincerely believe that we’ve removed every barrier possible for you to acquire not just a bottle of pure oud, but as fine an artisanal distillation as they come. Not to mention, this revamp is notches higher grade than the original People's Ceylon, with not only a more expensive Sri Lankan component, but rarer as well.

    Wear it. Enjoy it. And if you’re like a good friend of mine… gift it.

     

    Reviews of the previous batch (People's Ceylon):

    Pure and clean Ceylon notes. Easily worth much more than what Ensar is charging for it. Unlike Suriranka Senkoh, there’s a light chord of wood running through the background. It’s more tied to the earth, like sitting in a clearing surrounded by beauty rather than being beauty itself, like Suriranka Senkoh is. You turn your nose one way on the scent, and you inhale lovely flowers, you turn the other and you smell the wood. Best when not used sparingly! Large swipe, and then later another swipe, the kind of oud oil to use and enjoy, just like Ensar described in his writeup. – M, USA

    This might be the prettiest oud ever. I think I’m in love. – Jair, Australia

     

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