Yes, there’s lush notes of peach fruit jam and lightly spread honey. But instead of the ‘thicker’ jammy scent notes you find in other Thai ouds, think fruit juice – with added sugar! I’m telling you upfront, you’re gonna want to drink this oud straight from the bottle.
There’s no trace of woods in the background, hardly even in the drydown. For oud oil, that’s pretty weird. No sulfuric rays that pierce through, or any of those metallic notes that permeate almost all contemporary Thais. To tell you the truth, you hardly find a trace of oudiness in this oud, save for a subtle mineral earthiness just beneath the juiced up clementine and guava mix.
Never tried oud before? This should be your first bottle. Koishi takes you from the overly sweet mainstream to the fruity-earthy niche. It shows you what oud is all about without throwing you into the deep end. You don’t have to worry about the fabled potency of the ‘stronger’ profiles you typically hear about when talking about pure oud oil. Wear this anywhere, to any occasion, through any season, when heading out to work in the morning or to dinner at night (for ladies and gents alike).
We've been working hard to perfect artisanal oud distillation, and here are the fruits (literally!) of this labor. In Koishi you have an oil that gives contemporary wild-harvested distillations a run for their money, while giving wild agarwood trees a chance to run for their life.
Go easy on your wallet, and on the planet. Support the future of Oud: Buy organic!
Reviews of Koishi's predecessor, Kastalana:
Similar to the notes of Zaza Zen green tea, plus some black and white chocolate notes. – Lim, Singapore
I understand that Kastalana was supposed to be a replacement for Kusuma. I was crazy about Kusuma but I must say that Kastalana seems to be an even better version it. I noticed right away that its almost as thick as Oud Extraordinaire and more resin dense. Definitely a superb oil. – TJ, USA
I’m very pleased with kastalana. I get fruits with little mineraly earth that really does shine on my skin. I think this is an oud that people just starting their oil journey should try!! – Michael, USA
When I opened the black case and hold the velvet red bag, that to the touch felt and sounded like diamonds, it had a sillage. As I thought, this must be the composition of all samples, I saw the destiny of all of them embraced on my wrist. But when dusk came I opened Kastalana. As this should be the first bottle to open if one is Virgin to oud. So I did since I am (or was).
If Kastalana has a piece of all of the others within her, I don't know. Is Kastalana strong enough to takeover all of the others. I don't know. But she asked for my attention as soon as I opened the little black box. So I kept her in my mind the whole day without knowing it was her and her alone. Like Kastalana tested her magic and her ability to control. I won’t wright down how she scented nor how she felt. She awakened long forgotten and re-remembered memories of mine and by doing so put me in a state of past simultaneously with present. Odd but pleasant. I want to give Kastalana what she is asking for, my time and attention. So I don't know when I get back to you regarding the other samples. It might take days or even months. Or years. Who knows... Until then – Johanna, Sweden
Reviews for Kastalana's predecessor Kusuma:
Kusuma is amazing. Within it's own caliber the Thai fruit blasts. I am really enjoying this side of oud. As the leathers, smoke and incense are immensely heart warming in others, like the Aroha Kush. I enjoy these uplifting top notes and soothing mid notes. – Eric, USA
Kusuma is the one of the most edible ouds I've smelled. This oud brings water to your mouth with its luscious opening composed of the most juicy fruits, quite exactly like Ensar described, you want to drink this oil. The juicy opening gives way to a beautiful bouquet of floral notes that wrap up the oud's heart note. After many hours you will get wafts of sweet and glazed, almost syrupy oudiness that is so beautiful and complex. It's incensey, syrupy-sweet, and intertwined with lovely flowers that enwrap you for a cozy cold evening. At this price point this oud is a gift from artisan Ensar Oud. – Rezwan, Canada
This was something totally different. It evolved so much on my skin that I kept sniffing my skin the whole day. The only sad thing about this oud (sad not from your side, but from mine) is that it generated a healthy fruity aroma as it evolved. I myself am not very fond of fruity fragrances, except citrus based ones. So I gave it to one of my friends and he is truly loving it. – Adeel, KSA
I do get the clementine and mango, but I also get pineapple, while my son said it smells like guava juice. It does indeed have a fruit juice appeal, and is chock full of lovely scents. I also like the peppery incense at dry down, in fact, I wish this was the main note, boldly placed, from top to base. – Curtis, USA
Kusuma = This one is really throwing me for a loop. Aside from the general words above which I used to describe all of them, I can't for the life of me find any words to describe this one, which is tripping me out because I would have to say that this is my favorite one. It smells so excellent and unique and it has me stumped for descriptions.
My brain can't relate anything else to it. I think this is the strongest one, and lasts the longest, but that has nothing to do with me choosing it as a favorite. Something very interesting about this one is that when I first smelled it, it instantly transported me back to when I took a trip to Holland for a few weeks in the 90's. I was a teenager, and it was a great time. This oil somehow smells so similar to a constant smell I encountered while I was staying at my friends house in Holland.
I keep smelling this one over and over and asking myself “what is that similar smell that I'm smelling?’.... and I can't figure it out at all, but it's been such an awesome experience smelling something that has been able to transport me back to one of the best times in my life. I know my friends parents weren't burning oud, at least I don't think. We were burning good weed and hash, and hanging out at the canals fishing, lol. – Nick, USA
Kusuma has been a playful companion in this summer heat. It really captures the joy of eating a bowl of diced tangerines and pineapples drenched in orange blossom water in the late afternoon sun. If you never had tried that, or the oil, I highly recommend both. – Jasim, Dubai
Kusuma, fantastic combo to be honest Thai/Cambodi. The oil brings best of both for a lovely overall smell, great stuff. – Ahmed, UK
Wow on the longevity. Reminds me of organic ouds that EO offered about 4 years ago. Scent is crystal clear and very enjoyable (I don't usually enjoy the profile of organic oils, but for simple swiping delight and longevity, Kusuma gets all high scores :) Aroha Kush and Kusuma have been eye openers. – Muriel, USA
Initially it felt quite rich in quality and sweetness - on the lines of caramel custard if compared to a dessert, or something some rich Arab couple would wear to a glamorous majlis or event as per my imagination; or something I would wear in an evening sunset themed or spiritual setting. – Asif, Dubai