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    Hainan 2005

    Price: $659

    If any oud is fit to be worn by a China Market mogul, this is it. Extracted from rare Chinese agarwood that’s now officially extinct, it boasts the most sought-after fragrance in the world, second only to Vietnamese kinam.

    Chinese ouds are exceptionally rare – you’ve probably only heard of one or two. The most notable being Royal Kinam, our famed Hong Kong distillation from 2007.

    What you’ve got here is Royal Kinam’s older brother, distilled two years prior, and as scent profiles go, as close as you’ll get – with added depth, richness and maturity.

    Notes of ambergris, mahogany, tobacco, orange peel and deer musk hurl the scent into a pheromonal zenith that’s as primordial as the Himalayas, with strong longevity even in humid weather, and a soulstirring kinam drydown that evokes the most precious notes found in Chinese agarwood.

    A spray of orange zest gives the aroma a sensual zing that imbues the scent’s animalic marrow with a spicy-sweet twang you only get to smell in wild Chinese oud that’s been aged a decade or two.

    Subtle flashes of Royal Kinam tease you constantly, sort of like sitting in front of a close acquaintance’s brother – and the family resemblance is so strong you keep squinting, trying to figure out where on earth you met this person before.

    The cost of making Chinese oud today is astronomical ($8,000 / kg for the cheapest grade available as we speak). Luckily, we didn’t have to distill Hainan 2005 this year or the last.

    That you’re getting a bottle of 100% wild Chinese oud aged for over a decade makes it worth that much more on top. So, as far as the pricing on this one goes… Need I mention this is one of those things that is only done out of Love?

    All natural and chemical-free. Extracted by traditional means, without the use of synthetic chemicals. This oil does not have an expiration date. It will only improve as it ages. No ‘gassing’ required.

    I will never forget this oud oil, no matter how long I live. Even if I’m 90-years-old and can’t recall its specific name, I doubt I’ll ever forget either the staggering range and scope of its notes from beginning to end or what it taught me about agarwood. This is an utterly remarkable, orchestral sweep which goes from the very heart of the barnyard with a purely animal-driven bouquet to the most Guerlainesque of vintage floral bouquets centered upon lilacs, peaches, and cream, with some stops in-between at the smoky leather and floral Guerlain lilac chypre genres along the way. Based on a very rare and now completely extinct variety of Chinese agarwood, I was intrigued by its complexity in its early stages, but nothing can adequately convey the extent of my sheer amazement and stunned stupor once the oud began to waft lilacs and peaches. Lilacs. The absolute best, most beautiful lilacs!!!!!!!! From oud! I mean, honestly, who would ever imagine that agarwood would or could smell of bloody LILACS for crying out loud, let alone heady, liquidy, sweet, minimally powdered, fragrantly floral lilacs, dripping with sweet peach nectar, flecked by smoky vetiver and mossy greenness, then suffused with undercurrents of creamy vanilla. Again, none of this comes from the addition of separate ingredients but is purely, solely, and entirely a natural side-effect of the actual wood itself and how it has been handled by a master distiller. It’s utterly remarkable… click for full review. – Kafkaesque ‘Best of 2017’

    Hainan is deep, dark, liquid, animalic, grounding and enhancing. It is a jewel for me, it has been a long time that I have been dreaming to get a bottle of it! I love the first 5 minutes of Hainan, with a delicate barn and cheesy tone, which turns quickly into one of the most inspiring and complex scents I know. Sometimes, in the middle of the day, it turns on my skin on a beautiful saffron note.

    Hainan 2005 enhances strength, bravery, determination, but also calm and consciousness, so I feel putting more feeling and meaning in the way I act when I wear it. – Antonin, France

    Hainan 2005, WOW! What can I say? It obviously has an oud profile, but I have never experienced Chinese ouds. It’s so refreshing and uplifting and reminds me of a majlis or diwaniya. – Faisal, Ireland

    Speechless. 21 minutes in, I am holding a book on my lap and my forearms start producing this gigantic forcefield that is really a wintergreen covered patch the size of Manhattan. Several hours later, I am still amazed. – Danny, Canada

    I am not into Chinese oils these days but I can see the genius behind China Sayang, but much more so in Hainan 05. A very special oil with a clear kinamic edge and that mind-buzzing note. – Rasoul, Canada

    Today’s subzero weather is amplifying this beauty’s statement 10-fold. If there’s one thing this ridiculous weather is good for, it’s for analyzing the oud collection from a different perspective. Seasonal changes are perhaps akin to auditioning different audiophile headphones with your favourite playlists. Nonetheless, there are some “string quartets” eagerly awaiting some warmer weather. Anyways, praise be for walking in this high class, orangey-medicinal oud winter wonderland this morning. Brrrrrrrrr. – Stefan, Canada

    The first scent is bright. It’s reminiscent of freshly-squeezed fruit – something that exudes the brilliance of candied dark-red citrus. This dominant scent of bright citrus is complimented by two undertones: one spicy, and the other clean and crisp. These undertones tantalize my senses. There is a simultaneous cooling and, oddly enough, warming effect on the nostrils.

    The brightness of the fruity aroma dampens quickly as the oil dries. And as it dries down, the scent becomes dominated by sweetness – as if the earlier citrus juice reduced to a syrup. The spice notes that remain are complex. By my memory, the closest resemblance I can match it to is a fusion between clove and orange blossoms.

    There is one other primary note in Hainan 2005 that I cannot identify. It is distinct from, but harmonious with, the fruit notes.

    Of all the oud I have tried from Ensar, this oud is, perhaps, the oil that communicates most clearly. Hainan 2005 is its official name. But Clarity is its other name. – Guleed, USA

    You were so right, definitely differs enough from Yunnan 2003 and Yunnan Exclusive to own. Definitely cousins, brothers maybe? First, I love, no I LOVE Chinese ouds. The neroli, ambergris, musky medicinal magnetism of this one is quite addictive. I find the animal in this to be slightly more subtle, maybe haunting is a better descriptor, compared to the two Yunnans of yours I own. That may make it a little easier to wear on more occasions. This is by no means a negative to the others, at times I want more animal, it just is what it is on my skin. And these animalics differ, to me, than the typical barn type from Hindi/Indian ouds. These feel more primitive, aggressive, again haunting, yet just as soothing. – Brian, USA

    So much complexity and scent progression with this one, perhaps my favorite of the Chinese ouds I’ve tried – has musk, orange, medicinal depth, rich fruit and floral qualities, fresh camphorous energy, and a beautiful kinamic quality that is transmuted by the orange and musk elements into something truly exotic – phenomenal oil. – Josh, USA

    Today I put on the beautiful Hainan 2005. What can I say about this Oud? It reminds me of my second oud I bought which was Royal Kinam. Simply gorgeous! It has a citrus orange zest along with beautiful sweetness tangled in something of medicinal value. I love it! – Shaykh Abdul Wahab, USA

    I’ve been swiping Hainan 2005 pretty much daily. Ok, perhaps like HainanLite in the morning and afternoon, followed by a more generous swipe in the late evening. Amazing meditation aid!! Hainan 2005 helped reveal the divinity in many challenging human relationships. Did so without condemnation. Not on my part, not on their part. Like head and tail. Two sides of the same coin. Hainan 2005 reveals the futility of opposites by pointing to what remains, after teasing aside the divisional-habitual-dual mind, albeit in layers. That which remains, had always been there. A stronger, full-on swipe would make me weep 30-40 minutes into contemplation, as the oil connects me to an ancient knowing. Perhaps I should say being as it was seamless and experiential. Perhaps it ‘just-is’? Perhaps it is indescribable? This is Hainan 2005. What would the next level-up oil reveal?

    Oh, and Hainan 2005 smells like freshly cooked gingko nut to me. If you’re curious and can get your hands on some, masticate a few, in succession, slowly, with the green (sometimes yellow) shoot (more accurately called plant embryo, tastes bitter and medicinal, and is more often than not removed then discarded) intact. – KS, USA

    Humbly but strongly and passionately speaking to my nose and brain Hainan 05 is not just above other Chinese oils by a level or two but 5. Is totally in a higher category. Green Papua vs Port Moresby. – Rasoul, Canada

    Well [China Sayang & Hainan 2005] both have some of those awesome orange blossom and animalic elements. I find a bit of ambergris. Both have some kinam notes, Hainan 2005 a bit more green and bittersweet with some sourish fruits. China Sayang with a sweeter kinam note (less green), sweet tobacco and some dropdead gorgeous sinensis woody notes in the base. – Brian, USA

    Yes, China Sayang and Hainan 2005 have features in common, but are quite different for two oils from a similar region – certainly advisable to get both of them… I cannot figure out which I prefer, though I have more experiences with Hainan 2005 and totally love that one… I’ve only worn China Sayang twice or three times I believe. – Josh, USA

    I think Dr Bhanny nailed it. Although I only got a chance to smell China Sayang once, it was some of the best Chinese Oud I have ever come across. This in no way lessens the quality of Hainan 2005. I got a sample of Chinese Exclusive and after smelling that, I contacted Ensar asking if he’d dig up some CE if he had hidden any. He replied that the Hainan 2005 was a superior oud because there is a kinam note in the dry down of the H05 whereas the CE didn’t have any Kinam notes. I’ve got to say, the Hainan 2005 does have a resemblance of the legend Royal Kinam as Ensar stated. Nevertheless the Hainan 2005 and China Sayang are two oils which you have and keep dearly and close to you. – Shaykh Abdul Wahab, USA

    I need more experimentation but I found the kinamic note much more obvious in the Hainan 2005 than the China Sayang… The Hainan 2005 though is a less dense oil, in terms of scent profile – it is easier for me to identify the notes, more of a collage, while the China Sayang is a very dense and integrated sort of scent… More experimentation needed! Also gets into the question of what exactly is the kinamic note, and are we talking the heated or unheated kinam? Unheated kinam to me has a sort of wintergreen spicy aroma to it – once heated this wintergreen scent starts to morph into the floral-nectar-perfume aroma with rich woody undercurrents… – Josh, USA

    I can totally agree. In Hainan 2005 it is unmistakable. In that green, bittersweet, raw way. In China Sayang it is a little more subtle, and 100% more of the sweet, nectary, woodiness of gently heated kinam. I like that. For me anyways, Hainan 2005 has more of the raw kinam aroma, and it’s definitely easier to find. China Sayang has that monkoh heated kinam aroma, and you have to listen a bit more to find it. Again, I prefer CS over H05, but man, I can’t imagine not having either! – Brian, USA

    The Hainan is close to heavenly. I love it. It is so far my favorite. Light, lovely, but so powerful. This is the best oil I have experienced thus far. – Doug, USA

    symphonic explosion of subtle complexities
    buzzing frankincense pine
    raw animalic depths
    sweet feral ambergris pungency
    touch of minty spice and berries
    high note of fine musky coolness
    sticky sweet and sour honey
    green apple and honeydew
    fresh cut grass, sweet hay
    light and sweet citrus floral
    from sharp & pungent to sweet & round
    a complete perfume journey
    with moments of fierceness, mystery, ecstasy and beauty
    i feel so blessed to experience this treasure – Joel, Cambodia

    Another awesome addition to my collection. I’m taken aback as to how distinct its profile is from Chinese Exclusive. It has a Cambodi-like sweetness riding on the top of a very Chinese core. I don’t really pick up any sharpness, a smoothness only achieved through aging. Alhamdulillah, very pleased to have this in my hands to enjoy. – Taher, UAE

    The Hainan was a huge surprise; I didn’t expect it to be so elegant. I haven’t tried it yet, but smelling it out of the bottle, I’m not picking up any barnyard. It smells lovely! – MI, USA

    Wow. Animal, resin packed incense, light ammoniacal whiff after 5 min, spices (cloves), rose (damascena absolute) throughout, carnation organic extract, syrupy sandalwood absolute, vetiver and cypriol, patchouli, sweet but not sugary, all wrapped in an aura of mahogany humidor with whiffs of unlit cigars, light puffs of diesel, light underbrush in a forest, mandarin, after 1 hour fruit, raspberries, persistent. – Francesco, Italy

    The Hainan 2005 is exquisite! It feels perfectly balanced between fruity, medicinal and musk. I’m beginning to find that the best place to wear oud is not on the wrist but behind the ears so that I can catch more of a whiff. I see that there might be something special with Chinese ouds. – Kevin, USA

    I love Yunnan 2003, though to me the Hainan 2005 is more accessible, easier to enjoy, and has an awesome scent progression and complexity. There are so many scent experiences over the course of the wearing – and one of my favorites is the hint of kinamic agarwood vapors that show themselves here and there, usually, more toward the drydown… – Josh, USA

    I received the package just 2 days ago and I have been going wild with Hainan 05… what a treat! – Joel, Cambodia

    So I love Chinese oud. I mean really love it. I’ve got Hainan 05’s cousins, Yunnan 2003 and Exclusive. Both of them awesome. Hainan 05, the best of all three? Well it’s darn good. The bittersweet neroli laced animalics here are slightly less aggressive than the Yunnans (which are lovely as well, and sometimes exactly what I want). But here they are hauntingly beautiful. Love this one.

    Just put this one on again after bathing my young boys and had been wearing Kynam No 1 all day, which I thought had unfortunately been washed entirely off. So I keep getting wafts of kinam from the Hainan 2005, it weaves its way in and out, could this be the Hainan 05 or is it last bit of the Kynam No 1? Guess I’ll be forced to revisit this one soon, what a shame :) – Brian, USA

    I’m fortunate enough to have all three of the Chinese oils (Yunnan 2003, Yunnan Exclusive, Hainan 2005) and am happy to report they’re sufficiently different from each other that it’s not crazy to have all three. I enjoy them all and getting to know them has itself been a journey. They all have potent medicinal aspects, but varying surrounding notes. Of the three, Hainan 2005 is the trickiest to describe note-wise; it seems to be the most abstract. Yet all three give me definite imagery (here I go again!): the Yunnans suggest earth and its inhabitants, Hainan suggests air and stone. Hainan 2005 makes me think of being on top of a cold, windswept, high-altitude mountain, seeing a vast open landscape of greys, blues, and green trees, some ice and snow, a little wind and low sun. I get kind of a memory of animalic notes, like maybe there were animals present in the warmer season. I know that’s vague and impressionistic, but sometimes that’s what first emerges with these strange and beautiful oils whose notes sometimes vary. – Jen, USA

    Hainan 2005 is sweet and medicinal. My first time smelling Chinese oud and I can say it is very addictive. Of all ouds that I’ve tried on, this oud sits among the very top of the list. – Farid, Singapore

    So very nice. What a beautiful balance of the orange peel, neroli, haunting animals and bittersweet kinam. – Brian, USA

    Это первый мой китайский oud, который я попробовал. Это был взрыв эмоций с первой секунды, это даже мягко сказано... это другое измерение, другой мир, я по настоящему испытал восторг, это чувство невозможно описать словами... не в одном из масел я этого не испытал, полное погружение... Я ношу его постоянно, я в него влюбился... это красивое масло, необычный оранжевый цвет над кожей, невероятные движения воздуха над головой и выразительные ноты табака с мускусом просто сдувает меня в абсолютном счастье носить этот oud... Его очень приятно носить в любой компании, я бы сказал он более мужской чем женский oud. И да, в нем есть момент "наглости", но это так красиво происходит, что делает из меня "дико-красивого-доброго" человека. Потрясающая комбинация эмоций! И это чистейший феромон в бутылке! Я рад что у меня есть 2 бутылки этого чудо-oud! – Maksim, Russia

    Wild Hainan oud is special - no doubt about it. Throughout the scent profile, all the notes are transparent and pristine, not heavy and cloying. Very refined, not loud. The initial phase of animalic notes is appealing.  This oud has a cool sugary sweet veil all over it. The array of notes dance in harmony. The mellow incense towards the end phase is exquisite and stays for a long time. This is a great companion to Chinese Exclusive. – Kenny, UK

    Chinese oil with not only the most finesse I have seen to date but one that is perhaps the most well rounded. Bitter notes without going ginsing or otherwise leave one stuck in a Chinese herbal dispensery. Animal but not funky, more like musk and ambergris. Sweet notes but not in way of Kambodi, Borneo, Thai. Zesty but not cistrusy. Speaking of zest, it's more like orange or seville orange zest, not lime or lemon. Lastly, I get the same mind bending hard to put in words bitter note I found in both Port Moresby and Kinam Rouge. I guess without realy knowing what I am saying it's flashes of kinam itself. – Rasoul, USA

    There is definitely that orange peel brightness at the start and then a beautiful progression of notes. There is also something in it that recalls really gorgeous (but over-the-top) Agalochas I smelled a decade ago but under a more refined, restrained guise. Yesterday I was trying some […] that also shared this restraint, albeit with more of a honeyed smoothness, but no brightness, no ferocity -- its pleasures were too rarified for me. Hainan 2005 is precisely the type of seriousness I'm after but with dimensionality and moving in that sphere. I do want that nostril tickle - some deep, tingly Japanese incense - not just an expensive, sweet, musky shellac. – Chris, USA

    The citrus peel aroma in this oil, along with the purest agarwood, puts this oil as one of my all time favorites for medicinal and meditation purposes. – Shaykh Abdul Wahab, USA

    Hainan 2005. Freaking legend. Shades of Brown, Red, Green....everything Oud can offer to its disciples. It’s moments like these when you regret not having bought these legends in full. Bravo! – Nikhil, India

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