We sold Oud Royale II (the Philippines, 2007) right at the birth of the China Market. Had I waited only one year I would not have released it and you'd likely only be reading about it now—while Pinoy LTD would’ve sat aging in the dark a few years longer.
For a while now, people have been asking about and looking for Oud Royale II because it’s the only vintage Filipino reference out there. Almost all Filipino ouds are of the modern, more playful Tawi variety, and folks wonder if that’s a good representation of the Philippines profile. Like those who started searching for raw Koh Kong after trying Trat ouds, people wonder if there are Filipino ouds that give you more.
Pinoy LTD is the grandaddy of Filipino oud, and this is its 10 year anniversary. A pristine, herbaceous blue wrapped in the spice of myrrh, with a powdery soft-burning kyara glaze that's the signature of each Oriscent legend. Fresh heart notes reminiscent of Suriranka and Maluku island ouds never depart from the resinous core native to the scent of mighty old gaharu.
Oud Royale II is darker, smokier, with a heavier tenor—it’s more Oud Royale. Pinoy LTD follows the zen tradition of Nha Trang LTD, Kyara LTD, and Royal Guallam where the resinous profile of the heated wood takes center stage. Don’t expect a youthful barrage of top notes out of sync with the body of the scent. Notes don’t scatter about, instead the scent progression holds super tight, slowly transmuting from top through drydown, with a narcotic, bitter-sweet medicinal sweetness that lines each chord.
After a decade capped in a dark safe, the maturity and depth bubble like a sticky slab of bangle-grade agarwood. Zero fractionation, Oriscent-style distillation, and a batch of old lapnisan that’s rarer than stardust faturan make Pinoy LTD not just one of the most mesmerizing scents known to Bani Adam, but also one of only two vintage Filipino ouds I know of.
When I first sniffed my vial of Pinoy ltd, I immediately noticed that it was unique, with scent notes I hadn't experienced in other Ouds, including a lovely resinous "blond wood" tone. Each time I tried it, it unfolded a bit more. Imagine my surprise when, on the third try, I discovered a Kyara note emerging from its depths. How did it get there? From then on, the Kyara scent became more and more apparent, and my respect for the phenomenal mastery involved in creating this Oud has skyrocketed! This is the Nha Trang LTD of Philippines Ouds, the crème de la crème. I am deeply grateful to have a portion of this already legendary Oud. – Hank, USA
Pinoy LTD is to the dot exactly as I was seeing in my mind’s eye. Mellow marjoram/tarragon sautés in brown butter. Whispers of leatherwood honey in the back. The Oriscent way presents a bitter core and an almost Vietnamese vibe to the oil while the buttery fat oudy marrow of the Cumingiana variety remains truthful and typical. A regal yet finessed oil. Words like pristine, put together, simple yet profound come to mind. Beautiful oil and as expected tops all the Filipino oils I have had to date.
If you want the same balance but on steroids and some of those mindbending Vietnam and Oriscent bitter notes, with no harsh edges, angularities or otherwise anything out of place, then only Pinoy LTD would do. – Rasoul, Canada