I was so curious to experience what many regard as THE holy grail in the oud world known as: Vietnamese Kyara Oud, that the choice was fairly easy in making one of the most expensive blind fragrance purchases to date: Di Ser Kyara. Kyara oud is said to be atypical of the standard agarwood scent profile in that it does not produce animalic, fecal or barnyard-ish qualities. Kyara oud is wild, extremely old, rare, and commands an exorbitant price (€500 for 1 gram.) When burned, it is said to have a calming, euphoric, spiritual effect. The packaging is simplistic, modern, and elegant. The square unlabeled clear glass bottle (with a dark brown wooden cap) is housed in a gold cloth pouch neatly tucked inside of a smooth sanded wooden box. The box is tied shut with a thick purple string folded neatly in a bow. There are pamphlets inside describing each of the fragrances offered by the company as well as some interesting information about the house of Di Ser, Japanese culture, agarwood, and more. The opening was pungent and pleasantly medicinal. This medicinal bite remains throughout the life of this scent. The scent that followed was mind numbingly fresh, crisp, minty, and camphorous. The patchouli shows it’s strength here and normally this accord would impede me from wearing in hot weather but this is the exception. I’ve worn this scent 4 out of the last 5 days (95°F weather.) The patchouli here is so masterfully blended and of the best quality I've ever smelled (Prior to this, favorite patchouli coming from Roja Parfums H-The Exclusive Aoud.) Here the patchouli lacks the typical dank/dark musky profile Im so used to. Accompanying the Hamanasu Japanese Rose (Rosa Rugosa Thumb) is a sparkling fresh and slightly powdery sweetness that balances the deep woody heart and base notes. The fragrance opens strong and tapers down close to the skin at the 4-5 hour mark. As I write this, the scent has lasted more than 12 hours on my clothing and I’m still catching wafts of it. Tenacious for an all natural extrait. Expensive but I already wish I had a backup.