I would have to put Oud Zachariyya at the top of my list. If you don’t have this oil I suggest you look out for it. It beats Sulaiman III in my book. – Taher, UAE
Creamy hay and tobacco type barnyard with a ripeness aspect. Incense. Resinous chips on a burner. Sandalwood. Warm spicy fruits Assam style. A dab of powdery tea. Drydown reveals a touch of florals and more powderiness. The barnyard is mostly tobacco now plus there’s a little citrus peel. – Curt, USA
I have a little story for you. I wore OZ Saturday and was so pleased: the barnyard was more dairy than leathery, and it was potent, with incense and dried fruit in the deep, deep drydown that didn’t seem too sweet. On Sunday, mainly to compare the fruit note, I wore a generous application of the formidable Sulaiman III… and I had trouble detecting it! My Hindi binge has afflicted me with a classic case of olfactory fatigue. So I’ve been abstaining from oud oil (yikes!) to reset and recalibrate the olfactory receptors. I am eager to wear another dose of OZ in a few days when I have a clear palate!
I can report that on first wear and despite impaired sensitivity, I enjoyed OZ tremendously; it’s not the ‘beast’ of my fantasy world but it’s magnificent in a more refined way. It’s not as gentle as Nuh and not as towering as Khidr, so it has its own special place in the barny oil spectrum. Will report back again after my next wear of OZ. – Jen, USA
This oil is truly a benchmark and sets a standard to which all other classic Oud Al-Hind should aspire. It has a strong, clean and clear fermented top note indicative of a hygienic soak but nothing remotely offputting. Rich, dark tobacco reminiscent of the wrapper of the finest Cohiba Genios Maduro 5 cigar. Then hay, hints of Assam dark fruit and the slightest tinge of cacao nib. Smooth. Similar in scent profile to Taha’s Shano Shokat while at the same time having a completely different signature. Deep. The shape shifters. – Lance, USA
The scent of old wild resinous oud, with Indian characteristics. The animalic notes dominate initially, with dried tangerine peel and spices simmering in the background. There is a slight bitter undertone, echoing tobacco and tea. This oil has a mellow and rounded scent profile. A rich and complex scent that is calming and meditative. Not as raw as Oud Sulaiman III, but equally redolent of antiquity. – Kenny, UK
This Zachariyya is certainly in a class by itself. The feralness is to me more like a Hainan oil rather than cows or horses - and then it hit me that this was more a Burmese tiger, but only a kitten in that sense. I have samples of other Oud like this, but in my opinion they merely touch the hem of his sleeve. This is in its own category. Licorice, citrus, pollen, powder, a tint bit of fruit but not sweet, at once both calming and exhilarating. Very, very smooth with a uniqueness of character along the lines of OM5. I can say I definitely would never had known what I was missing without this. Bravo Maestro.
P.S. I think that Sultani 90, Suriranka Senkoh, and Zachariyya should be sold together as a "Trinity Of Oud" set. These oils go to the moon and beyond. – Jeff, USA