AL SHAREEF II
A swipe on the wrist, the surroundings pause. The mind rushes to decipher the heady notes of fragrant Oudh...this type of scent has not been experienced in decades.

If you thought you had experienced all that Malaysian Oudh had to offer, you are in for a surprise. For over three months we meticulously scoured the jungles of the Northern Mainland of Malaysia, sifting through hundreds of kilos of Oudh and handpicking the finest pieces for this creation.

The distillation of Al Shareef I was a personal quest; to surpass boundaries and blend creative inspiration with traditional perfumery...to craft a legendary Thaqeel from the great trees of Northern Malaysia.

A limited production, when word spread amongst our clientelle Al Shareef I soon become a collectible, to be cherished and exchanged in private circles of the elite as valuable tokens. In fact, a member of the ruling Al-Thani family in Qatar amassed an impressive 40 tola of the original Al Shareef oil.

It is no surprise I have a soft spot for Al Shareef I as I personally designed the distillation apparatus: a stainless steel pot, hand crafted stainless steel neutral pressure condenser (this differs to the condenser most other distillers use), a stainless steel transport tube, and advanced water balancing glass collectors. I can intrinsically recall every client who purchased it by name - the last few drops travelled in a 1ml vial to one of our discerning clients in Jordan.

When the first drops of precious oil eventuated in the collectors' flask it was pure joy to behold. If you have observed distillations drops of oil usually flow successively into the collector - not with Al Shareef I. Due to the physical properties of Thaqeel, drops steadily roll up, one by one, like precious gems on a necklace and they do not flow. Even when the oil hits the Hydrosol in the collector flask the bejewelled drops do not not scatter...

Al Shareef I was released under a business model whereby we attended to the olfactory desires of select
connoisseurs around the world. Noting a gap in the market of quality unadulterated Oudh oils, and increased requests to make our artistry available to a wider audience we launched our global footprint online with the crafting of Al Shareef II - working once again with North Malaysian Oudh trees to produce an oil capturing something special - a fresh interpretation of Al-Shareef I.

Our aim? To chase a defying scent, the addictive scent that haunts the Oudh hunters -"the scent of the tree". The scent of the very tree that has been fighting off fungal attacks for hundreds of years - the scent that represents the spirit of the tree. The intrigue created by this narcotic-like scent fuels the hunters, seeping into their very being, propelling them from one one tree to another. Unfortunately, the Oudh
connoisseur rarely experiences this bliss. It is simply gone by the time the tree is harvested, processed and distilled, no "scent of the tree" remains.

For this distillation we wanted to capture the complexity of Oudh trees before they are harvested - the aroma one would detect inhaling deep into the fungal-infected resin-saturated fighting zone of the Oudh tree. Oudh Al Shareef II is the rawness of an Oudh tree that has been defending itself from fungal assault for hundreds of years.

An active oil distilled at low heat to preserve its nutrients, when swiping this gem on your wrist you can immediately  sense the pulsating life in the oil.


Waves of sweet animalic notes with fruity undertones, glimmers of baby peppers coupled with the freshness of cane wood. 

Indulge in a second whiff and you capture walnut skin, dusty woods and ripened fruits followed by the distinct note of leather filled wooden chests covered with a thin layer of ripened tamarind.



This is the spirit of the North Malaysian Oudh Tree. The Defying Scent.


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What our discerning clientele are saying:

Bravo! What a performance by Al Shareef ll, transporting this city boy to Pandora, experiencing what the indigenous humanoid species, the Na'vi smell on the lush moon in the fictional universe of Avatar! 

For those who have not seen the movie, the humans (non oud fans) view this concoction as mysterious, primal and terrifying. To the creatures, the electrochemical connections betweeen the flora, fauna and fungi keep the ecosystem of Pandora in perfect equilibrium. S.T. USA 

 

What surprised me about Alshareef II was that it was a symphony of strings, from the violins to the double basses in full frequency spectrum, the very heart of an orchestra. On first whiff, it was as though a tenor ran up my nose and sang at the top of his voice “OUD!!!!!!!”. There is absolutely no pretense to this oil, it does not hide behind a bouquet of flowers, it does not sell itself as a fruit juice, the smell of this is simply Oud in a classical way.

In its olfactory profile, it treads gently on the fence of many things, with a subtle hint of ripe cheese sitting on a metal serving plate giving it an Assamese impression, bursting ripe succulent fruits giving a subtle appearance of a soaked cambodi, a lush youthfulness reminding of thai, and a dry down of silky sumatran. It teases my senses and takes me to many places, constantly re-engaging me in an alluring way.

I’m actually ready to “canonize” Alshareef II as a classical oud scent. If anyone in incense class were to ask me, what is the smell of that mythical and historical oud, I think this oil makes the cut to be shared. Definitely a timeless scent, despite being only recently distilled, the smell of this may indeed be close to what people in the middle east had been using centuries ago.
Kyarazen Singapore

 

Al-Shareef II was a challenge to my Western sensibilities yet its complexity, depth and contrasts were sources of continuing fascination and attraction. It was crafted to  particularly appeal to oud lovers in the Gulf countries, and it is easy to imagine it standing up effortlessly to desert winds and heat.

Al-Shareef II is very pungent and robust, and thumbs its nose at conventional Wesstern etiquette.  It is assertive and disconcerting, and although I prefer Rakhawah and A’meen, neither of them compels my attention as Al-Shareef II does!  I think this is because the oil encapsulates, at least as I imagine it, the multitude of scents, from beginning to end, that are present throughout the noble tree’s transformation from agarwood into oud. References to the tree’s climate and geography, its jungle-y, humid, rainforest and tropical environs, are mirrored in the oil’s damp and musty notes and the pungent sour, ripe cheese and metallic notes reflect the natural and mechanical processes the wood undergoes during its metamorphosis.  My favorite phase is when notes of plum, powder and cinnamon embellish its unexpectedly sweet, spicy and woody drydown. This captivating interplay between forces in nature and those unleashed by man’s creativity and imagination has given birth to an oil with a widely diverse and surprisingly contrary range of notes, from fermented and feral to succulently divine. It is not, by far,  a “pretty” oil, but it is certainly one of the most riveting. M.W USA  

 

I could swear it's a Hindi if you had not told me :) . Y.B UK

 

 

 

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