Al Kimiya Collection

Sumbawa 2023

If you were to venture into the deep and luscious agarwood forests of Indonesia and of the Indonesian archipelago and islands, no doubt you'd come across a myriad of scents.   The Sumbawa 2023 captures the wholesome scent of earth after fresh tropical rains, combined with a beautiful smell of fragrant agarwood chips at room temperature and to top it all up, half your wrists slathered in the finest oud and incense you could think of. 

There is almost purple-green Kinam note in the opening that is magnificent and characteristic of high-calibre Indonesian oils.  The scent profile is related to, but not the same as, that beautiful purple Kinam note in the Maroke Sultani. This oil is a chameleon.

It has an almost oceanic blue note to it as well. It's just incredible because it keeps changing and shifting between green, purple, blue with hints of chocolate brown as well. And is, again, one of the finest Indonesian oils I've come across. And hands down, one of the best Sumbawa oils that I've had the pleasure to experience. 

As the dry down continues, an intense green incense note comes to the fore.  Don't get me wrong. I'm not talking green herbaceous, which quite frankly is the description of oils that to me smell like wet hay and grass, which I thoroughly detest and that are the hallmark of a cheap oil, or an oil that's not been aged sufficiently, or made from wood that's of sufficient quality. 

This oil has an elegance that reflects the quality of wood that it's made from. And quality distillations, let me tell you, if done correctly with the correct quality of wood and the right technique, even though they may evolve in the 1st or 2nd year rapidly, changing colour, smell and even viscosity.

But the one thing in common they all have is that they smell amazing from the get-go and this is no exception. This oil has been with us for over a year, but it's been an absolute pleasure to smell from the moment it came out of the still. I don't know how to describe this scent really. It's almost like a herbal Kinam type of smell. With a beautiful delicate top note.

The ocean blue and hints of purple slowly fade away just leaving this sparkling green-emerald note, if this precious stone can be used to provide an apt metaphor for the scent profile of this oil as it develops on your hand or on your wrist. Finally, you're left with just a haze and mist of incense, green incense, on a burner, which becomes sweeter and sweeter as time goes on.


2.5g bottle depicted is for illustration purposes only 

Both 1g and 2.5g bottles are available to purchase.

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  • Al Kimiya
  • Indonesia
  • Wild Oud

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