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Oud Of The Year 2017 Poll - First Round Now Open!

Discussion in 'Oud of the Year 2017' started by Ouddict, Dec 28, 2017.


What are your choices for Oud of the Year 2017? (you can vote for up to three Ouds)

  1. Agar Aura Ayu

  2. Agar Aura Ceylon No.1

  3. Agar Aura Kanzen

  4. Agar Aura Royal Malinau

  5. Agar Aura Khmer Special K

  6. Agar Aura Syed's Ascent

  7. Agarwood Assam Laos 95

  8. Agarwood Assam Meitei

  9. Alkhadra Oud Alhambra

  10. Al Shareef Oudh Al Shareef III

  11. Al Shareef Oudh Ceen

  12. Al Shareef Oudh Qandahar II

  13. Ensar Oud Assam Organic (Meghalaya)

  14. Ensar Oud Kinamantan

  15. Ensar Oud Sultan Abdus Selam

  16. Ensar Oud Suriranka Senkoh

  17. Ensar Oud Tigerwood 1995

  18. House of Misk Malay Encens

  19. Imperial Oud Ceylon Royale

  20. Imperial Oud Kambodi Imperial

  21. Imperial Oud Oud Bilqis

  22. Imperial Oud Sinensis

  23. Imperial Oud Sri Pada

  24. Imperial Oud Viet Zypher

  25. Rising Phoenix Borneo Pangea

  26. Paradise of Oils (Agar Aura) Mai Wan Lao

  27. Treasure Oud Star Oud

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  1. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    This vote is unique in representing the opinion of the largest online group of Oud enthusiasts, consumers and experts across the globe. The rationale behind the poll is that the collective verdict of this large knowledgable group with a combined experience of at least over 150 years in Oud, will - with all due respect - always trump the views of a single expert critic running a blog in cyberspace, whose experience ranges from 1 to 15 years at most.

    Voting Rules

    The Rules are simple:

    1. This is the FIRST ROUND OF VOTES - a shortlist of the finalists will go into the next round for the final vote after a week - 4th January.
    2. Vote for your Oud of the Year - you get up to three votes.
    3. The listed is in alphabetical order of the vendor and oud name.
    4. If your choice of Oud is not listed, please nominate it on the nomination thread for inclusion on the poll.

    Guidance Notes
    If you are not sure about how to make a decision, have a look at the following evaluation criteria:

    1. Experience - what experience do you have with the scent? You should have worn it on the skin at least once.
    2. Value - this is a function of the price vs quality
    3. Scent Profile - self-explanatory.
    4. Quality - how does it feel when wearing it compared to others across the price range spectrum? What is the pedigree of wood used? Is it aged etc.
    5. Longevity - how long does it last?
    6. Silage - what is the projection of the scent?
    7. Uniqueness - is this experience available with another oud, or is this something special and different?
    8. Effectiveness - do you have to use large amounts to obtain the desired effect, or are a couple of drops sufficient?
    9. Other considerations such as colour, association, genre etc..
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
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  2. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    Voting is now OPEN!
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2017
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  3. a5m

    a5m Whats this Oud About?

    Apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to ask this, but is the Agar Aura entry 'Special Khmer' referring to Khmer Special K?

    I have only a few of the ouds listed so want to make sure I give a meaningful vote.

    Oh this thread is a great idea BTW :Thumbsup:
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  4. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    Yes indeed it is! I actually showed Taha the list and even he didn't spot the mistake! :Unsure:

    It will be corrected now - thanks for pointing it out.
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  5. a5m

    a5m Whats this Oud About?

    Sometimes my fastidiousness pays off :Laugh:

    No problem, looking forward to voting :)
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  6. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    For anyone wondering why some vendors have more Ouds listed than others, it is a reflection of member choices on the nominations thread. By numbers, the nominees are:

    1st. Agar Aura and Imperial Oud with 6 nominations each
    2nd. Ensar Oud with 5 nominations
    3rd. Al Shareef Oudh with 3 nominations
    4th. Agarwood Assam with 2 nominations
    5th. Alkhadra Oud, House of Misk, Paradise of Oils, Rising Phoenix and Treasure Oud with 1 nomination each
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  7. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    One thing about this forum that a lot of people like is that we have minimalist approach to restrictions in order to increase participation and we endeavour to keep it that way.

    However, we have a record of who votes (although we do not know who they have voted for - it is a secret ballot) and have noticed that a few of the voters out of the total of around 25 people who have voted so far have at most 1-2 posts even though they have been members for months over even over a year in some cases.

    While we welcome participation on the forum in any form, if you are one of those individuals, please introduce yourselves and ensure that your post count is at least 10 posts.

    For the final round of votes next week, we will require a minimum of 10 posts on the forum for participation in the poll. That is hardly a high bar, but very reasonable and it has been set low in order to allow you shy voters to reach the target easily by 4th January. So all you shy voters, come out and introduce yourselves please so you can vote in the final poll!


    Edit. Due to the reasons given below, we have had to raise the bar to 10 posts and membership from before 25th December.
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  8. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    The forum staff have noticed 3 new accounts set-up for the sole purpose of voting and another account with no messages since January who decided that their sole interaction with the forum would be to vote and leave. We have written to those concerned and will not allow any manipulation of the voting process to occur.

    Therefore, for the final vote, only those members who have been with Ouddict prior to 25th December 2017 and who have at least made 10 posts - yes we are raising the post bar unfortunately given this type of activity - will be permitted to vote. If you have been with Ouddict since before 25th December, but do not have 10 posts, you are allowed to post meaningful messages to take you to that total in order to vote.

    Apologies to those 2-3 members who have just joined us and are genuine, but this dishonest behaviour adversely affects genuine members and the activities on this forum and will not be tolerated.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2018
  9. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    By the way, we have a surprise award as well that we will announce at the end of the final vote! So for the final vote, just a reminder as to what is up for grabs:

    Oud of the Year
    Gold Best-In-Class Award
    Silver Best-In-Class Award
    Bronze Finalist Award

    Natural Scent of the Year
    Gold Best-In-Class Award
    Silver Best-In-Class Award

    Surprise Award
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2018
  10. Ouddict

    Ouddict Forum Co-Founder & Tech Support

    OK! We will now bring voting to an end on this round. The list of finalists will be published tonight!
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