In our offline businesses, we meet a lot of people, and a lot of traders, merchants. Many have been in the trade for decades, up to half a century or even more. One main issue with this trade is that the “warm-up” period with key and excellent merchants is slow, you need to be a recurring customer, you need to clear, sincere and not bargain too much.
Part of our search was also for “definitive” oud oils, i.e. oils that we can provide our incense school students as a reference.
Presenting to you the fruits of our labour for the past year or so, one of the loveliest and most “classical” Cambodi we’ve ever came across out of the couple hundreds we had gone through. Being a non-extreme person, I personally selected this Cambodi because of its well balanced profile, it is juicy, thick, the aging had given it a leathery tone. Intensity is strong, mids and drydown is luscious.
The trader has told us that this was aged for almost 2 decades, but since there was no record/written evidence, it is something that we cannot claim on his behalf. But we do see the apparent effects in the oil that could only come from careful, sealed aging.