The top notes are pristine, crystal-green. Instead of fig plum fruit jam you get an ethereal kukicha-matcha leaf note that steeps and seeps throughout your wear. Upon first whiff, you’d think the fragrance couldn’t get any more clear cut and translucent, but just wait an hour and take another whiff!
Satori Kensho wasn’t just distilled from organically grown agarwood. What we’re talking about are cultivated trees that are grown so naturally they mimic wild agarwood even to the extent where the resin starts to permeate the deeper layers of the heartwood and forms kyen, an intricate phase of resin formation that leads into the hard incense-grade strains. Very few organic trees ever reach the stage of kyen formation. In fact, the first discovery of cultivated kyen was barely a few years ago! Instead of just mixing a few specs of kyen dust with regular grade agarwood, we went all out to ensure that Satori Kensho is exclusively kyen-distilled.
I’m inclined to call the heart note “frangisteria," a see-through crispness that purrs with Thai frangipani and Western wisterias, infused with gently steeped Japanese green tea. And don’t forget, we’re talking about all out kyen here, so you’ve got an all but silent flush of incense backing the body. The incense notes are so delicate, you might not even pick them up in your first few wears. But when you do, the scent becomes even more entrancing.
I’ve got my nose to the top of my hand where I had dabbed a swipe about three hours ago. It amazes me every time. Whether it’s three hours or six, you don’t pick up any over ripe fruity twang, or dusty countertops that mark the beginning of the drydown. Even the usual all-woods profile shared by most ouds during the drydown remains in the lurk. Against your expectation, the frangisteria heart barely subdues to the green incense chords. You await the drydown, but it never comes. Instead, the scent stays beautifully composed right till the end.
If only pure kyen wasn’t so rare, I’d wear Satori Kensho non-stop. Its clean green (dare I say kyara?) profile makes it a deeply meditative fragrance. It also makes it ideal to wear wherever you go―and good luck trying to explain that you’re wearing oud oil. The penetrating beauty of the scent masks the oudiness and makes others believe you’re wearing an avant-garde release from a master perfumer.
Satori Kensho is an eccentric experimental kyen copper distillation. I’m elated by the piercing zen sharpness of the scent and eager to share it with you. With it, we wish to give everybody the chance to wear the most exquisite oud oil imaginable. Thanks to our pioneering techniques and the collaboration with dedicated agarwood farmers , we’re able to make owning pure bottled kyen so much easier.
Another of Ensar’s most recent and very limited organic releases, Satori Kensho boasts a pure Kyen distillation of the very best heartwood. On first appearance this is a dark, thick, sticky, rich oil. Direct from the bottle I get a whiff of wet earthiness and a bright jungly green aroma.
On first swipe I am greeted by a refreshing camphoric lush green with ripe fruits against a light moist earthy backdrop. As this develops the fruits come to the foreground and meet the lush green camphor notes with an accompanying spiciness, bringing to my mind a rich dark christmas fruit pudding soaked in fine cognac & with a fresh sprig of holly atop. The frangipani then makes its presence felt, gradually growing with a sense of timely precision amongst all the other crystal clear notes. Fresh peppermint green with frangipani, freshly cut oranges, spiced juicy peaches and a side of fine cognac, all within the first hour!
Satori Kensho has a crystal Zen aromatic quality. A couple of hours in and Ensar’s description of ‘Frangisteria’ is perfectly apt, and along with that fresh crystalline green and subtle spiced peach note I find myself comparing a similarity to that of Borneo 50K! A fine example of an Organic Oud – Jim, UK