Scent Traditions: Classic Cambodi Sampler and Extended Sets Scent Legends is proud to present the Scent Traditions: Classic Cambodi Sampler and Extended Sets, that represent the first in our instalment of the Scent Traditions releases. The Scent Traditions releases are very limited sampler and extended sets that aim to encapsulate the tradition of Oud from various regions or countries that can be categorised together. The Sampler Sets are suitable for those of you who wish to purchase the sets for benchmarking or educational purposes, while the Extended Sets are for those who may wish to own a larger amount of oil for use on occasion. Please refer to the usage guide at the end for reference*. The total number of sets available will be made clear at the launch of each set and once sold out, they will not be re-released. Scent Traditions is a sampler-set series being launched today to provide a limited release, educational curriculum for Oud and sandalwood oils and will - as the name suggests - comprise of sets that represent some of the finest vintage oil samples based on a category-based theme. The theme of the first week has to be what many consider to be the historical twin pillars of the Agarwood world. When one thinks of Oud, the first two words that come to mind are “Hindi” and “Cambodi” and it is precisely these two categories that will form the content of our first two Scent Traditions sampler sets. Oud from the Indian Subcontinent has a celebrated history that goes back for thousands of years everywhere it has been traded in and features prominently in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic Civilisations with mention of Agarwood in their founding religious scriptures. The civilisations of the Far East also included Agarwood in the fabric of their everyday lives, with the dominant Chinese and Japanese societies in particular, treasuring the spectacular Agarwood harvests from Viet-Nam and Kampuchea. Their Agarwood stocks were integrated into their own spiritual rites and rituals where the use of incense played a dominant role, while also utilising them in their medicinal practices. Scent Traditions: Classic Cambodi Sampler Set. Number of Oils - Seven Legendary Cambodi Oud Oils Number of Sets - Ten On sale until Friday 9th August or until sold out if earlier The mission for Scent Legends is to provide affordable access to the finest examples of historical and "legendary" ouds. Why spend over $5000 on all seven full bottles of the oud oils in this sampler set, when you can learn about them for a lot less? Not an easy remit when selling oud oils of this calibre, but with the sampler set at only $299 plus shipping, I think you would agree that we have managed it. These seven oils will allow you to study the nuances between them and enable you to identify high grade Cambodi oils. Comparison with other oils side-by-side will immediately highlight the age and grade of the oils and provide an Oud education that is simply unattainable otherwise. Agar Aura Cambodi Black Ateeq - 0.1g Agar Aura need no introduction in the world of Oud and have recently become known for their hallmark style and distinctive top-note oils. However, there was a time before their new style oils, when Agar Aura did traditional, in-your-face and downright hearty distillations with no apologies and this is a superb example of one of the best Koh Kong Cambodi oils they released during this period. If you are a fan of thick-as-molasses, primordial, red Koh Kong oil, then you cannot go wrong with this. It is oils like this that set the benchmark for this genre and therefore is being offered in the Classic Cambodi pack. You can read more about the Cambodi Black Ateeq here. Abdul Samad Al Qureshi Thaqeel (original) - 0.1g The larger Arabian oud houses have received a bad press in recent times with accusations of serving up inferior and synthetic oils to their customer base and dubious preparatory practices such as sunning, cutting oils with DOP and the like. However, he motives of those levelling these accusations are borne more out of commercial than purist considerations and the context of the industry has been intentionally ignored. No doubt the some of the old Arab Oud houses are representatives of a fine tradition, but their business model caters to a mass market which came under increasing pressure when the supply of Oud became constricted, resulting in rising prices beyond the reach of normal consumers. Today, their offerings leave much to be desired, even if you can actually find any selling pure Oud of a high quality. For sure, any high-quality Oud they have is extremely limited in supply and locked away safely in vaults at their HQ, available to VIP clientele with more money than most. The original and celebrated Thaqeel is one of those masterpieces and this particular bottle was from the last of the batch of the originals purchased from Medina back in 2012. Anyone who has any experience with Oud will immediately notice the characteristic hallmark red signature of Koh Kong Cambodi oud oil and a uniquely ancient vibe that emanates from this oil - a testament to its age and authenticity as an example of what fine treasures the Arab oud market used to traditionally offer. Oriscent Oud Ishaq - 0.1g Oud Ishaq is a paradox. It is actually an oil crafted from wild agarwood sourced from the Chanthaburi province that borders Cambodia and is not that far from the famed Koh Kong province in Cambodia. It is a Thai oil, but smells and behaves like a Koh Kong Cambodi, hence its inclusion in the Classic Cambodi Sampler Pack. Although distilled relatively recently compared to the original Thaqeel, it smells as if it had been distilled before the Thaqeel, placed in a time-machine and brought forward a few decades to the present for us to enjoy an authentic experience of a classic thick Oud, with the red aroma pulsating and revealing spice, musk and ambergris blended in a seamless fusion to mimic the finest perfume. You get none of that aged ancient and sombre quality that you do from oud oils such as the original Thaqeel or Oud Royale 85. Instead you experience an oud oil that is full of life and has no plans for settling down just yet. You can read more about the Oud Ishaq here. Oriscent Cambodi Black 0.15g and Oriscent Cambodi Cacao 0.1g Released by Oriscent in 2010 under the “Simply Oudilicious” banner, these were three oils of which Scent Legends is releasing two. Unfortunately, the third, Cambodi Caramel was sold out earlier this year via a private sale. Nevertheless, you have here two aged and superb examples of organic Cambodi oils from 2010. You can read more about the Oriscent Cambodi Black and Oriscent Cambodi Cacao here. Kyarazen Cambodi Classic 0.1g Kyara Zen needs no introduction and for those of you who may not have come across him, his operation and approach are the archetype of no-hype, no-nonsense and warts-and-all honesty about his products which are intentionally underpriced to allow others to share in his passion for the finest natural aromatics. In 2016, Kyara Zen decided to demonstrate that aged oud oils and sandalwoods were attainable at reasonable prices by releasing aged Mysore oils, a Cambodi Classic amongst others to a good reception. The Cambodi Classic is not the very best Koh Kong Cambodi you will find on the market, but as an example of an aged middle-of-the-road wild Koh Kong, you will not find better. Oriscent Encens D’Angkor 0.1g This has to rank as one of my favourite organic oils ever. It does not behave like an organic and was described as a “pure bred Cambodi” by Ensar, so definitely warrants inclusion. In terms of scent profile, Encens D’Angkor packs it all into a superb montage of signature Cambodi scents from figs, dark ripe fruit to hidden surprises with representations of incense, sandalwood and tropical fruits. You can read more about the Oriscent Encens D'Angkor here. Scent Legends Oud Oil Usage Guide The oud oil usage guide below provides a rough guide based on the average generous swipe defined as 1/100th of a gram. In practise, I have found that using small drops of 2mm diameter instead of swipes enables one to help extend the oud oil and doubles the lifespan of a sample. Note: 1. Scent Traditions: Classic Cambodi Sampler Sets above are sold primarily for reference and benchmark purposes. 2. Scent Traditions: Classic Cambodi Extended Sets above are sold primarily for occasional to weekly usage. *The Scent Legends Oils Usage Guide is published with permission from Al Hashimi. All copyright belongs to and is reserved by Al Hashimi.