- Mar 16, 2016
After a few more hours, I can see where the blending and complexity that you’re talking about becomes apparent. There is an incense factor coming into play that I’m enjoying. Definitely excited to give this more chances, but I’ll be shocked if I ever get the pure smell enjoyment like OZ presents. You’re right that OZ is a bit more basic/linear, but the smell itself can’t be matched imo. The way OZ captures the realism of burning Oud chips is remarkable!I would give it another couple wearings to reveal itself. I like Oud Zhen a lot but this one is much much more sophisticated in its blending imho. So much more complex and layered. Some of this group knows I’m a big Sultan Pasha fan and at first this one ran a little close to some of his tobacco scents for me, where I thought it might be redundant… but wow, after a couple hours and a couple wears, I became a believer. Might like it better than Tabac Grande/Tabacaurum, even.
I think Oud Zhen is lovely in a monolithic, powerful, singleminded kind of way but Onthamara somehow achieves both a sledgehammer central chord AND manages to peel off a million little layers like Sultan does in his best work. Quite a trick!