Corner to corner, Papua Island is the largest agarwood-producing
land mass. Unknown to many, there are actually quite a lot of
species and subspecies of agarwood that grow here, and so it
should come as no surprise that there is a staggeringly broad
spectrum of scent profiles depending on which part of the island
the agarwood trees were from.
This batch of incense sticks features an aroma that for me
personally, is UP
there on the sentimental value
scale. Its not a dainty and delicate smell like, say, Nha Trang
agarwood. Quite the opposite. This, ladies and gentleman is the
aroma of non
-swamp Aquilaria Filaria
Dignified, assertive, and utterly masculine.
Whereas today, Aquilaria Filaria swamp wood fished out of the
marshes of Merauke has given Filaria agarwood the
(well-deserved) reputation of being the absolute lowest quality
out of all agarwood varieties, above-ground
an entirely different beast. Almost all of it was scooped up by
the Chinese market, leaving the swamp scraps for the rest of the
Light the stick at one end very briefly, without letting it
ignite. You will notice a faint trail of smoke rising. Inhale
this... and you will notice it is identical to the aroma of our
old oil, Sultan's Succor
Now light the stick again, but let it ignite and then blow out
the flame. As the scent spreads around the room, you will
realize... it is literally 100%
identical to the aroma
of Syed's Succor!
You gotta smell it to
So if that was an oil that made you feel like a king when
you swiped some on, you will be delighted to find that now your
entire space can smell like it too.
Compared to the likes of agarwood from, say, Cambodia or
India, Papua species of agarwood are naturally higher in resin
content in comparison to the oil content. And so these sticks
impart an excellent 'sticky' long-lasting fragrance due to the
high resin-to-oil ratio.
This is just a pilot batch, and if our incense products are
well-received, then I plan to present more species and varieties
from this island, including a fine batch of New Guinea wood
which I am tempted to make easy-to-use incense cones with –
excellent for smoking your clothes with, saturating them with
its fragrance that lasts for days.
Scent notes: baked dates, pine, ambergris, dry wood, bittersweet
resin, bittersweet finish.
20 grams per tube
Stick length: 20cm
Burn time: 30-40 minutes
Ingredients: Agarwood, makko powder
A flat-bed incense holder
with a base layer of ash or charcoal powder is strongly
recommended. When burnt like this, non-combustive heat from
the glowing cherry spreads in a wider circumference, coupled
with a staggered combustion rate (i.e. longer burn). The
result is a magnificent emphasis on the pristine aroma of the
oleoresin with less smokiness, and it will really show you the
excellent quality of the agarwood that went into making these