We teamed up with the agarwood tycoons of Singapore and China and took the costliest Malaysian agarwood money could buy and prepared a cargo of the most fragrant wood to be gathered in Malaysia...
Rather than doing a run-of-the-mill Malaysian oil where smoke meets monsoon mud meets leather meets chocolate syrup, we discussed in detail how the distillation project would pan out in Taiwan at the hands of the kyara mastermind, and shipped our precious gaharu to him.
From inhaling kinam smoke to eating kinam dust to drinking kinam tea to carving beads out of long extinct Vietnamese kyara, the man’s life revolves around the fabled wood.
He could take Aquilaria Crassna and craft an oil you’d swear was squeezed from prime green oil kyara. What he did with our Malaysian Malaccensis is even more amazing. We’d never thought we’d ever smell the note of purple kinam in an oud oil before... until we smelled this.
Zero mud smell—that earthy, monsoon mud funk which is why I hadn’t touched Malaysian oud since 2006. Zero leather laced with notes of coffee and cocoa which are the hallmark of present-day Malaysian brewings. Zero ‘chocolate’ notes. Zero caramel. Zero honey.—Did I say zero leather?
Instead, what you have in Purple Kinam is the pinnacle of the Oud scent: liquid purple kinam. The glory of ouds gone by, in a stunning new profile. A resinous kinamiferous purple-flowered gush of heart-wrenching, brain-numbing vaporous crystalline edible indescribableness... The heart of every kyara legend to come out of Taiwan, transmuted to the irreplaceable floral heights of Oud Sultani, then filtered through the smoke of pure purple kinam.
We spent the better part of a Birmingham OudFest appointment heating up some sickly resinated purple kinam from Yamada Matsu on a battery-powered kyara heater. After the session, we sampled Purple Kinam.......
My guest, who’d expressed skepticism at my choice of ‘Purple Kinam’ as the name for this oil, nodded his head in speechless exhilaration. ‘I would have to agree,’ he said. ‘The choice of Purple Kinam as the name for this oil is justified.’
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’ve tried countless fragrances with fewer layers and less complexity than this oil made from just one type of wood. Granted, it’s the top-of-the-line and very expensive Kyara/Kinam varietal of agarwood but, even so, what a remarkable fragrance. Purple Kinam creates two completely different but equally well-defined worlds. The first was an old, book-lined study, where I rested in a Churchillian-studded leather armchair… click for full review. – Kafkaesque, ‘Best of 2017’
And man, Purple Kinam… atop an active volcano is a special mix. – Chris, New Zealand
The moment I took a whiff of Purple Kinam, I felt like I was soaring. It is literally an uplifting feeling. I can’t even describe the scent. Purple Kinam doesn’t share any of the ‘oudy’ characteristics that you usually pick up with most oils. I’ll need some time to really review it. The only thing I can say is that this is the most amazing thing I’ve had the pleasure of smelling in my life. Actually, it’s the perfect scent for me. – Steve, USA
And once again my idea of what Oud is completely changes. This had almost the same scent profile 12 hours later as when I first applied it – Kinam must have different chemical properties compared to ‘normal’ Oud or my skin really reacts well to it.
Well, no getting around this, it really is purple. If orange smells orange than this firmly belongs in the same end of the spectrum as slightly dehydrated but freshly pressed purple grape juice sprinked with damask rose petals and hibiscus-manuka honey swirled in a huge red wine bulb and downed.
Watching Rome on my laptop, I now imagine the Emperor smelling not only of stridgeled olive oil, poor sanitation from his sandals, leather, horse and sweat but this too. It’s a truly royal aroma.
Purple Kinam majestically projects in all directions, like an EDT or EDP, and female appreciation of this is very, very high indeed. I had three compliments in the space of an hour from a very good hearted but rough around the edges teenage babysitter, mature student and a fortysomething mother of four. I found this rather surprising as there was absolutely no pheromonal type twang to this for me.
The quality of this certainly commands an appropriate price. I strongly advise anyone who is wealthy to put all of your ready cash and easily pawned items into fixed income instruments before you sample this or you might find yourself living off canned spaghetti, taking the bus and trying to steal your neighbours wifi because you will have spent every last penny on a kilo. Then again, it just might be worth it. – Robert, USA
These high end oils of yours are without parallel, it appears to me. I believe that Purple Kinam is my favorite oil of all time. I rarely use it to conserve my precious amount, but each time I do I’m spellbound by its sublime complexity – these swirling contrasting notes which form a seamless whole. – Josh, USA
My favourite has got to be Purple Kinam. It’s way out of my budget but when I put it on, it’s crazy how it makes me feel. The smell literally evokes all kinds of joyful emotions and I can’t help but lose myself trying to ‘listen’ to the notes. I usually apply the oud oils before bedtime and only Purple Kinam and Sultan Afnan make me delay sleeping so I can smell them more. – Elvin, Singapore
That’s what makes this a very hard decision… It is almost as if it is not just the oil that matters but this choice will define my path in life… if that at all makes sense… It’s perplexing and not what I bargained for… It really shows the complexity, depth and soul of this oud… it truly is destiny defining… What a creation!… – Chris, Taiwan
Purple Kinam – okay, now HERE’S some strength and longevity! WOW. This is oud in high definition. Not much for way of subtlety here, and I love it. A top notch oud note turned up to 11. The legend of “kinam” continues. – Adam, USA
What a profoundly amazingly beautiful oud of purple Paradise! It engulfs my senses with translucent wafts of the highest grade agarwood that is truly a wonder, the pinnacle of an artist’s work that lay beyond the ability of most. – Yusuf, NY
Purple Kinam is Magic in a bottle... Really captivating and evolving by time and weather... I tried it at home and tried it outside in warm weather... Each time it gives me something new to smell and guess about... – Abdul Aziz, Kuwait
Purple Kinam is one of the most beautiful oud oils I have ever smelled. First of all, it does not have any off-putting notes. It starts off with a very nice kinam note which fills up the whole room. It has the power to penetrate deep into your brain and calm you down. After about 30 minutes, I get a smell of roses. It’s like you took rose petals and rubbed them on your hand. Very fresh and natural rose. I have never experienced such a note in oud oil before. The next stage smells like a woody bouquet of flowers. Very, very nice. On top of everything else, it also has somewhat of a Bornean character. It can be worn as a standalone pure oud perfume without any other ingredient. Highly recommend this one. For people who like Oud Yusuf, this oil is a must-have in your collection. – Inder, CA
A study in contrasts. An Oil that is of adventure and destiny. This powerful extraction is a forest in a bottle. Complex Cedar Moss mixed with the scent of Sky High boulders and towering trees. Purple surrounds you, slowly raising you aloft until you’re finally soaring above the canopy, free of worldly cares. This is a tangible experience so dynamic I can actually sense the physicality of the forest. Then after a while, comes bergamot tea time, tiny Pistachio nut encrusted cakes with Warm Raspberry sauce. Few oils I have found to be so contrast rich as Purple Kinam. Both nutty and sweet, spicy and warm. – Robert, CA
The beginning of Purple Kinam is such an alluring scent. It is so very mysterious, yet it’s like I’ve smelt this scent in a thousand past lives.
Purple Kinam shares the otherworldly floral notes of Oud Sultani, but a bit more subtle. The florals intertwine with a soft damp woody air. All these notes overshadow the slight whisper of a musty note. It is as if you are approaching the edge of a very old forest from a spring meadow filled with tiny flowers. About 3 hours in, the musty note rises up and becomes a little more noticeable. Now walking along you find yourself deep within the forest. The scent morphs itself into a dark enigmatic pleasure. I catch whiffs of fragrant pieces of wood, buried in musty earthen moss. The musty note really takes over after awhile, but I absolutely love it. It lays down this really ancient vibe! The florals and woods are still there, just not as dominant as before.
To really convey the scent of oils like Purple Kinam requires the use of metaphors. As words tend to fail you when you encounter a scent like Purple Kinam. For a rare treat, at about 3 hours in put a tiny drop on your tongue. Breathe the scent out of your nostrils and back in off your wrist. It takes the experience to new heights. Sure to flood your mind with past memories! Given time to age this will be a highly collectable oil. – Chris, SD
Right from the unopened sample vial I smell a soft Kyara note – most promising – and reminiscent of the Kyara note in LTD Centennial. On my skin Purple Kinam starts with a Kyara note which is soon laid out as a spectrum between floral notes, like that of wild flowers on a meadow, against a powdery camphor note. This might sound like a contradiction, as camphor is not powdery or soft but pungent and strong – but here the camphor is really soft.
Soon a note of something powdery, even smoky mixes in. It becomes stronger and it reveals itself as the scent of fresh sage leaves.
Further on, the notes differentiate and form a unified picture of soft florals, fresh mint leaves, and the tiniest speckle of lemon peel oil... or is it grapefruit? Definitely it is very subtle and coming from the citrus family.
A while later I get an image of a ballet stage full of dancers, each with a dress of different color. And as they whirl around, they take turns in coming to the front of the stage. The notes in Purple Kinam seem to dance with each other, and every now and then another one takes center stage.
The scent is really perfume – in that it develops nicely and has a broad spectrum of scent notes.
Trying to compare it with other oils I know, I’d say Purple Kinam could best be compared to LTD Centennial in its sweetness, and to Encens Khmer which it shares the Borneo wood character with, soft and powdery.
Overall, Purple Kinam shares some similarities with earlier “Kyara” or “Kinam” oils. But as in the case of its predecessors, Purple Kinam is something altogether individual, unique. That makes Purple Kinam a nice addition to the collection of those who wish to own some beautiful Kyara oils. – Thomas, Germany
Lovely light honey-coloured oil with a citrusy lemon opening. The opening is of flowers, rose and sweet vanilla. Within a few minutes something sweet comes through. After 15 or so minutes, this smells more like a perfume than an oud. There is a subtle camphor/menthol undertone. This mingles with the sweeter aspects more and more as the scent progresses.
This is quite a powerful oud. The scent is full, plump and deep. A very clean smelling oil. After about 50 minutes the bright opening starts to fade and resins come into play more significantly. There are wisps of smoke.
Upon inhaling deeply, towards the end of the inhalation there are hints of tobacco.
on. It was only a tiny amount but it made my tongue tingle. It didn’t taste horrible, towards the bitter spectrum rather than sweet.
It lasts for a long time. 12 hours later I can still smell it quite strong without having to bury my nose to find it. This is having applied overnight too which is my primary marker; if it is still there the next day having survived the night, then performance is stellar. – Zartash, UK
I don’t know how you talked your Taiwanese distiller out of retirement but every single oil that he has done that I have bought was simply outstanding and without a parallel. – Hisham, FL
Suspended on a quivering rope bridge between the sheer faces of Taroko Gorge, the fractured cliffs dared me to attempt another swaying step in either direction. I froze, trembling but transfixed—mesmerized by the aerial acrobatics and cursive dives of gliding swallows. Purple Kinam embodies the swallow’s soaring grace and shines with the crystalline audacity of Qingshui Cliff. The opening notes ascend with effortless swiftness, flashing and sparkling as brightly as the gorge’s crystalline marble escarpments.
While the “birds of freedom” resist captivity, Purple Kinam’s spiraling flight is easily tamed, its fragrance mellowing and softening as it melds to my skin. During the drydown its ethereal sparkle is polished into a luster as smooth as the lotus petals on Motherly Devotion Bridge, notes of powder and vanilla forming a mosaic of silky translucence. From its exuberantly youthful opening to its serene closure, Purple Kinam is suffused with vitality, radiance, ease and grace. It has stimulated some of my most beautiful and treasured memories and I know that, years from now, I will just as deeply cherish my memories of this exceptional scent.
I just finished reading the article about Purple Kinam on the Ensar Oud website. You can imagine my surprise when I read that the oil was distilled in Taiwan, the home of Taroko Gorge!!! Taroko means “magnificent and splendid”, an apt description of both the scenic landmark and the mesmeric oil. Perhaps it is something more than coincidence that stimulated my memories of this landscape of natural wonders when I smelled this wondrous creation. – Isabella, NY
This is the oil that changed my life. The pinnacle of a lifetime of work in crafting the finest oud oils by the mysterious Taiwanese kyara master-artist. I could live the rest of my life and die happily in this oil. Words just can not do this oil justice. You can tell this oil took months to make cooking at a low temperature under the watchful auspicious master's eye paying the keenest attention to the most minute of each detail. So that's the intro, let me tell you what the oil actually smells like:
Like something from outer space the oil begins with this soaring high note of iridescent purple ecstasy. Your olfactory senses will be engulfed in the sunshine of a candied purple dawn. As the sun warms the earth so too does this oil warm the soul. Your mind body and soul will be pierced by the uplifting transcendent nature of the kinam like properties of this oil.
I've heard so much about the psycho active property of oud oils, and to be honest thought people making such claims were either high on drugs, exaggerating, or being compensated for their writing: but I can attest to this oil's amazing mind and mood altering properties that as I take deep inhalations as I lay in the dark in my bed I am transported to a bright purple paradise cloaked in the white cloth of infinity when my life completes it's tenure on this temporary this is the last thing I want to smell. Mashaallah for playing the part you did in purveying this amazing work that reflects the beauty of humanity in an otherworldly glow of gorgeousness.
As the oil winds down hour later you detect little remnants of the purple fireworks imbued with a light and airy but rich and clean woodiness that carries until the last wisp of the oil fades. This is my oil, this is the scent of my life. Few oils make it into my collection past a sample and even fewer do I buy a tola of. For this one, my brothers and sisters, I will be holding off on buying much more oud so that, InshaAllah, I will be able to afford a tola or more of. I only hope it's still around. I can not advise you strongly enough to buy this oil, it will change your life as it has mine, I am no rich Sheikh, and we all know these oils are astronomically costly to make and as such the price is reflected, however it is a gift of charity to buy and wear this oil for others around you, how could you not buy at least a quarter tola? – Edward, NY
Purple Kinam is a very powerful oil. Just holding the dipstick transferred the scent to my fingers. For a second I thought I was smelling an ultra rich Borneo. But later on the scent progressed on its own chart. There is a woodsy scent with heavenly flowers. Very expensive. Maybe the best things in life are expensive. – Uday, India
Plum Purple Spice
Hint of Creamy Honey
Ancient Woods Mustiness
Warm Majestic Mahogany
Balsamic Berry Floral
Deep Resinous Incense
Enchanting Powdery Kinam Smoke
Mature and Refined
Amber Syrupy Smoothness
Elixir of Purple Haze
Cool Sweet and Rich Mustiness
Deep Resinous Roots
Balsam Woody Incense
Sweet Musty Smoke
PK keeps on peaking, continually fluttering on the edge of ecstasy. All from the tiniest dab. – Joel, Cambodia
I advise anyone trying this for the first time to try and capture the expression on their face while doing so. My first thought was; what planet is this from? What am I smelling? I felt like Jodie Foster’s character in the film Contact being shot through a wormhole……more on this later, it’s going to require a a few earth rotations to grasp it. – Stefan, Canada