Aluwwahs Last Breath-And Then Some :-)

I got quite a shock a month ago when touching base with my friend Simon at Alluwah, creator of such fine Bakhoors as Hajar and Ramlah, and more recently the much appreciated farm related Sheep and Lambs Breath. It seems that he has decided to take up farming fulltime for now, and was in the process of clearing his shelves. He did go out on a high note, after creating a creature that in name sounds as if it might devour those poor sheep and lambs, but whose nature is quite the opposite. The Black Pine Dragon arrived with a spicy smell exuding through several layers of packaging, making me fear it. However, upon heating, it became a beast more mellow than the sheep and lambs that preceded it. The spiciness from the Dragons Blood quickly mellowed into a dreamlike cloud of Black Pine, Red Cedar, Sandalwood, Indian Agarwood, and Jawee, accented by touches of Vanilla, Somali Frankincense, and Ambergris. After floating upon this mellow dragons back for what seems like a most incredible time, he belches out a super smooth, spicy sweet and lingering puff of Galbanum infused with Dragons Blood fire. While Al Misky considered this to be an extension of his Lamb/Sheep line, minus the honey, I would tend to think this would tend to have taken him in a new, and even more creative area. Also in my parcel was the last in his line of bakhoors, the bakhoor Majlis B. Much more than the traditional “splash and dash” Omani style bakhoor, this Omani styled bakhoor featured a typical base of an AB grade Indian Agarwood, soaked in a luscious mixture of Chocolate, Patchouli, and Labdanum oils. I also detected trace amounts of frankincense and Indian amber in this one, all of which serve to make it a hefty mix. This was quite nice as is, although I might have added a touch of Taif to put it over the top. All in all, two very fine creations, and hopefully Simon will tire of retirement soon.

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7 Comments

  1. dt said,

    November 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

    He hasn’t replied to the messages I left at his website. I guess it must already be too late?

    • greggking said,

      November 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      October 31 was his last day, so if he didn’t respond by then, yes, it’s too late, sorry.

  2. Christian said,

    November 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Katlyn’s heater is wonderful. I find I rarely turn mine up to more than 2 or 3 and one trick I discovered this summer was putting the heater and contents behind a small fan and getting fragrant wafts all night long. Bliss for an insomniac.

  3. JohnPawn said,

    November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Great post, Gregg. I haven’t ventured into any of the loose incenses yet, but it definitely seems like I’m going to have to invest in a heater at some point if I want to try these small batch, hand made mixtures from Ross, Mermade, etc.

    • greggking said,

      November 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Since I have been making my own small batches since the late 90’s, the small heaters Katlyn sells were something I had always wished somebody would sell, as using a open coil electric heater with a tin foil pan just plain sucked 🙂

  4. Marian said,

    November 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Those sound delicious, Gregg. I am really going to miss Simon……

    • greggking said,

      November 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Don’t give up hope on Simon, he may return in the not too distant future. However, he was slightly embarrassed by the review, so next time I’ll just have to say his stuff was lacking, to prod him into sticking around and doing better 🙂


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