Oudh, also known as aloeswood or agarwood has a special place in many people’s hearts. From the ancient Kodo games of Japan to the numerous practices in other countries, such as Indonesia, Vietnam and the Middle East, oudh maintains a trance among the many people who burn it.
People have many misconceptions and beliefs about oudh. Some believe that is expensive and usually reserved strictly for royalty or upper tiers of society. Other people argue about whether it is perfume or medicine, or what the consistency should be like. The truth is that oudh comes in many forms and fulfill most of these roles depending on the strain and harvest location.
Some Common Types of Aloeswood
- Kyara originates from Vietnam
- Rakoku originates from Thailand
- Manaka originates from Malaysia
- Sasora originates from India
- Sumotara originates from Indonesia
Oudh oil, for example, isn’t necessarily extracted from the same wood. The price would depend on quite a few factors, including the originating wood cost, yield, labor cost, specific processing requirements, and so forth. It is not unusual for all of these specifications to be listed by the distillers and shown to potential purchasers. Providing this information aids in transparency and also helps to let the purchaser differentiate one oudh product from another.
Making oudh oil can be tricky and not even a master distiller with many years of experience would be able to tell you what an oudh oil will smell like until it is distilled. This is part of what makes small batch, or custom oudh oils so unique and sought after. It proves very difficult to imitate a specific batch once it is produced.
After the oil is distilled, it is then separated from any remaining water and then left to settle and age over a period of weeks, months or years. After the oil is aged, it is then tested and classified.