A Journey into The World of Oudh

Part Five

The Companies that I've explored

Between the Ouds that I've purchased and those given to me as gifts, I've currently experienced the distillations from about 24 different companies:

With the exception of the Liberty Natural and White Lotus, who sold uninfected agarwood oil (correctly indicated by White Lotus Aromatics), all of Ouds were true agarwood oils from infected trees.

The quality and styles varied greatly, but most were first distillations.


Really Great Artisanal Ouds

Note: For me personally, Oud is not a perfume to be worn, but instead a magical oil to be listened to and to be transported by. Sitting with Oud has been of great value to me in my spiritual journey.

As you can see from the previous table, I have a growing collection of Ouds from many sources. But only a fraction of them are truly great.

It took me a while to open my mind, and my nose, to the great diversity of scents that the different Ouds embodied, but over time my nasal palate has become quite educated, and I can now appreciate many oils that I originally didn't like at all.

I've also become able to discern the degree of artistry manifest in each distillation, and have come to have a deeply growing respect for the true artisans of Oud.

While several companies' oils have taken my breath away with the depth and breadth of their creations, I keep returning to the realization that one company's agarwood oils stand out above the others.

Ensar Oud has produced not only most of my top ten Ouds, but also the most varied and purest set of scents by far.

Every time I buy his Ouds, I know that some will be completely different from all of the Ouds I already have.

So I'm writing this to both give thanks, and what I believe to be the proper acknowledgment, to a true Oud Master.

[I have no professional affiliation with Ensar or his company, nor have been given any incentive to write this.]

postscript: three years later, and still most of the best Ouds that I have came from Ensar Oud.


End of Part Five

Part One
What is the origin of Oud? and What does Oudh smell like?

Part Two
The Effects of Oudh and Sources of an amazing diversity of Ouds

Part Three
The Different Grades of Oudh

Part Four
What is Oud?
What are the uses of Oud?
and Two New Sources of Oud

Part Six
My Favorite Ouds

Part Seven
A Spotlight on one Oud company

Part Eight
Evaluating Samples from one Oud company: Shebar Oud

Part Nine
Oud from Aromatherapy Companies, Where to get the best Oud

Part Ten
A Kinam Tale

Part Eleven
The Medicinal Properties of Agarwood oil

Part Twelve
Five new Ouds from Ensar Oud, and What to ask an Oud purveyor before ordering from them

Part Thirteen
New Top Ouds and My Unique Take on Oud

Part Fourteen
Understanding Kyara,
Oud 2.0 -- the best Ouds in the World, The Kyara Collection

Part Fifteen
A Phenomenal Oud -- not to miss out on

Part Sixteen
Ensar, The Master of Oud

Part Seventeen
Ensar, The Color and Right Age of Oud

Part Eighteen
Reconsidering Heating Agarwood and The Latest Great Ouds

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