Crafting Sri Lankan oud has been the biggest challenge of my career.—Do you love the frangipani and mimosa blossoms though? And the little green algae swimming atop the pristine coral reef? That’s why I stick with it and grudgingly keep going.—A difficult marriage, Sri Lankan oud is like a woman too beautiful to let go of………
Indian and Chinese buyers are cleaning out the Walla jungles as we speak. Three of our hunters drowned in the flood that hit a couple of months ago (may they rest in peace), as the biggest broker in the country watched his entire stock wash away.
It’s not just going neck and neck against what the Chinese are paying for wood – it’s that you’re competing for the same wood and you want to use it to make oil. (“Who on Earth wants to make oil out of resinous agarwood?! That is the big mistake on your side,” in a thick Indian accent).
Aside from that, prices here are already two, three, four times higher than the same grades command elsewhere, and not because of middlemen… I’m talking at the source!
Small wonder I just think of packing up all the time.
That’s until you empty the beaker and get your first whiff of oud like Suriranka Senkoh. And it feels like you’ve just stumbled upon a forgotten trail that runs deep through a forest lush with colors you’ve never seen before. Suddenly, you don’t think of leaving anymore…
Suriranka Senkoh is not the kind of oud you can distill at first attempt even with the best batches of wood at your disposal. There’s the temperature curves, the boiler angles, the condenser’s crooked neck… too many things you need to be intimately familiar with before you can ever pull out this kind of smell.
Sultan Salman added a New Guinea flare to Ceylon. This time you’re getting full-on incense-grade WP with front row seats for an up-close and personal with the oleoresin oozing on a low heat monkoh heater, Chukogu Senkoh style. No yellow hued, fruity smells here. The blue-green resinous core is so deep it makes you want to pull your hair out in ecstasy and scream: a beauty almost too beautiful to behold.
The green frangipanied marine top notes of zesty Walla dart at you right through the drydown, where it’s still all that… only more like Vietnamese bitterness that’s gone lemon blossom crazy. If you had your doubts about what real incense-grade Walla ought to smell like, doubt no more!
This is among the most precious oils I’ve ever made, and one I intended to release only a few years from now. The cucumber cool, mimosalicious top notes. The sinking incense note that’s so pretty you can’t believe it came out of wood. The pristine champa heart, filtered blue and green. I’d marry it if I could. The aquatic kiss that brands your cheeks aquamarine. The white frangipani that swims in monkoh smoke. The tuk-tuks, the missing yield, the drowned hunters, the heartbreak surrounding every single aspect of coaxing such odour out of trees… Oud that’s so in-your-face good I’m afraid I won’t be able to smell anything like it again.
This oil goes out to those people who have supported my craft over the years and tagged along to taste my struggles. You deserve it!
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If there were only two oud oils that one was allowed to take into exile, I think for myself, one would be the Suriranka Senkoh; it starts as the most ethereally beautiful oil I have experienced to-date, a gossamer scent, yet it quickly develops ample silage and (scentual) note stability. The trick was figuring out how much to put on, not the smallest touch of the applicator, not a swipe, but a (small) dab, if that makes sense. I consider Ensar’s price for the Suriranka Senkoh a gift to all of us; in this gesture, his kindness really is expressed. I continue to be astounded that he would let this oil go for so little. – MI, USA
The eagle has landed! Suriranka Senkoh is in ‘da house!
So what is it like you ask??? I have had the blessings and good fortune to experience some incredible oils from the undisputed masters of our time. So I am not easily prone to overwhelming praise and ogling. But......, this oil is such a thing of beauty, I can hardly contain myself. It is like a piece of music so beautiful and moving, it can bring you to tears. Handel’s Messiah comes instantly to mind. The depth of the scent is stunning. It has a honeyed sweetness which is so sublime. Not in your face, but coying and delicate. A brilliant bluegreen scent is up front and center the whole time but it is not overpowering. Whisps of white smoke permeate through ever so gently. This oil however, is by no means weak. It is quite potent, but at the same time so delicate in its presentation. I have never smelled anything like this. Ever. It is a masterpiece and an instant legend.
Still. In. Awe. – Phil, USA
Simply beautiful. This Ceylon oud is something else. The opening is a blast of fresh flowers, immersed in sugary nectar. The slightest hint of lemon enhances the green freshness. The resinous incense is present throughout. Totally captivating. – Kenny, UK
It is a thing of beauty. Delicious seaweed blossoms in a crystalline sea. A trace of the elusive delectable sourness I so covet. Amazing. – Brian, USA
A super refined version of the original Sinharaja and its successor X with similar overall scent profile, smoother and more complex and it has this oudiness oomph of Kinam Rouge when you immediately apply or sniff the wand; a signature of Ensar Oud. Less honeyed with more gourmand vanilla creaminess that envelops the Gyrinpos wood preventing it from turning musty pungent and bitterly wet, transforming it to more glassy oudy and delicate incensy green aroma that persists without much development but with dynamism holding through the heart- and basenote (i.e. simple in a complex way of breaded notes arrangement that act altogether as a single engineered olfactory structure giving an illusion of simplicity and delusion of complexity if that make sense)… similar type of performance as Chugoku Senkoh. – Ammar, USA
I have applied Suriranka Senkoh a few times now...and what an astonishing oil it is. Off the dipstick I get a hint of pennywort bitterness and a dash of violet, and of course this aquamarine heart which is utterly unique. On the skin and as it evolves, there is a perfect freshwater note which cools a cocktail of soft florals. One wants to speak of the walla patta signature notes, like apple and honey and so on, but this time it's different - you are so deep in the core of the oleoresin that you only get half a honey note, and a quarter of an apple peel note, so to speak, because all of them are so tightly bound together that none of them gets a full particular expression. Instead you have pure walla patta heart in a cocoon of aquatic floral sweetness. A serene masterpiece. – Raaid, UK