‘This is the best oil I’ve ever distilled for you,’ he said. He’d just arrived from Assam, with a small suitcase in which he’d carefully stored two ten-tola tin canisters.
‘Even better than Oud Sulaiman?’
‘I don't think so...’
‘This is what the really old, old oils used to be like. We have not seen oil like this in years,’ he insisted.
The oil was too precious to be shipped, and he’d felt compelled to personally fly out from Assam and hand-deliver the oil to me in Jordan.
I’d turned his entire operation upside-down with the demands I made, and he faced major disputes with his brother over the whole collaboration.
The oil we were smelling that autumn afternoon was mysteriously different to the usual smooth and creamy barnyard you get if you just use higher quality raw materials than normal. There was a softness, a powderiness and an altogether different character to it. Deep down that bottomless goodness lay blood orange zest, musk, ancient woods, civet, animalic elixirs from other eons.
It had the feralness of my then highly controversial Chinese Exclusive Oud, but it was just so much profounder, vaster, larger... It was as unique a profile as Oud Khidr, Oud Nuh and Assam Kinam.
The difference was due to this wood being acquired in Nagaland, along the Burmese agarwood route. Most Burmese trees get exported to Assam, where they command higher prices than in Myanmar.
Contemporary distillations of Burmese raw materials are radically different to the profile of Sulaiman III. It is as if you are comparing ouds from different centuries. There is none of the feral character, the depth, or the ancient spirit of Sulaiman to be had in our present day distillations of Nagaland, Assam, or Myanmar agarwood.
We thought it was due to the ‘new’ distillation techniques that the oils were more on the floral-candied side than what the old legends used to smell like. But alas, we revisited the timeless Indian distillation methods in a few subsequent batches, and didn’t get anything even remotely resembling Sulaiman and his brethren.
In Oud Sulaiman III you have Oud. Oud as it was known a hundred years ago, five hundred years ago, even a thousand years ago.
An initial burst of earthy/peaty and animalic/musky notes, soon gives way to ripe fruits, flowers and tangerine peel, sugary and milky but not cloying. Light and airy feel, leaving a light trail of incense, resins and woods. Few hours later, I get hints of powderiness and greenery. Most complex and amazing scent profile. What an ethereal scent! Magnificent. – Kenny, London
When I visited my mother in law and was wearing Sulaiman, she commented on it and how that is what she remembers oud smelling like over 20 years ago when she first moved to the Emirates. I happened to have it on me and promptly swiped some for her. – Taher, UAE
I found this scent written in braille within the recesses of a lucid mind, the notes quite vivid my limbic system describing the sublime, the scent atomistic, for I inhaled it prior to you shipping it. Once arrived one swipe of it, de ja vu in constant increments, a conscious feeling as I speak with Antecedents. Simply other world Ensar! – Tracy, CA
Ensar’s mention of Ancient Woods, Musk and Animalic Elixirs from other eons had me curious immediately – this sounds like my kind of Oud! The opening note of Oud Sulaiman III was instantly one of a bygone era, very deep, rich golden bronze, hay, barnyard, feral animalics and leather (I knew this was one for me!) quickly settling down to a feral, civet, hay, leather & slight zesty-ripe fruit character, over time these notes taking a step back and letting the fruit & oud shine through. Sulaiman III is an experience, it makes me feel that I really am wearing a scent of times past. A very special oud, most evocative – Royal Stables more so than Pastoral Barnyard! In the early stages, it is tenacious... An absolute must for the collection. – Jim, UK
Oud Sulaiman III is fantastic! My favorite Hindi type oil so far, and now one of my very favorite oils in the collection. It’s got a rather strong barnyard to it and quite a bit of complexity that I don’t really know how to describe in terms of familiar scents. The barnyard isn’t quite as pronounced as Oud Yunus but still quite substantial – it is a very appealing barnyard though, very addicting – I keep re-applying the oil to get more of that scent... There is a background fruity element but subdued, and merged with that intoxicating liqueur type barnyard scent. There is sweetness to it... I can see why this style of oil has such a long tradition. It’s an acquired taste, so to speak, like many fine foods and spirits, but highly rewarding... Beautiful oil to look at also – darker reddish type color. – Josh, CA
I have had this serious craving which, as good as they may be, ouds from other countries just can’t satisfy. Almost as if there is a special brain-center which refuses to respond to anything but a true raw Hindi. But Oh boy is this center active when stimulated with these oils!
If it weren’t for the fact that people would think I was completely insane, I would be duck-taping the oil directly to my nostrils and just ride the olfactory wave all day. Suleiman III has none of those off-putting sharp notes, just smooth, mature, intoxicating dark Hindi character. I have smelled so many oils from this region which have only ever given me minute hints of what potentially exists... Alhamdulillah, I am finally satisfied! – Taher, UAE
I love the leather and the hay and all the classic complex smells that come with this type of oud. I can smell the fullness for so long before getting olfactory fatigue, which points to the sheer diversity of the scent molecules within. – Matt, Canada
Yes I can’t get enough of that Oud Sulaiman! – Josh, CA
The Oud that really put a smile on my face is Oud Sulaiman III. The scent profile is from the Bengal region that connects into Burma. I have a bottle from sylhet (Bangladesh), and I just have bit left & thought I will never smell that top note again.
When I received the samples (very quick delivery) & when I opened Sulaiman III & smelled the oil, I almost started crying, tears of joy by the way. It's the note that I missed & craved. Strong on the barnyard note with an amazing uplifting feel that words can't explain. It's definitely a scent from the past that I encountered again. JazakAllah to the whole team at Ensar Oud for all the hard work to put a smile on my heart. – Ish, Canada