oud oils from different regions have unmistakably unique
profiles, so too do oud wood chips from different regions
when they are
burned. Each region in the oud-producing world offers
and not only does the scent differ, but so do other
properties of the
smoke they produce.
will look at ouds from some common regions, and briefly
their scents and other properties.
oud has been famous for centuries for its scent and was
probably the first agarwood to be popular outside its
origin. Today, almost all Indian agarwood chips available
in the market
are from cultivated trees, and in most cases wood chips
regions are deliberately labeled 'Indian oud' in an
attempt to attract
burned atop a hot coal, the first wisps have a creamy
but the scent becomes richer, spicier and woodier as the
to be produced in earnest. The scent lingers for a long
Indian oud is ideal for scenting oneself and clothes, as
well as the
house. It is also very calming and grounding.
in line after Indian Oud, Cambodian agarwood is highly
after, for its hypnotic and tranquilizing aroma. It is
scenting oneself and for those times when you just want to
Indian oud, almost all Cambodian wood to be found today
harvested from cultivated trees, since over-harvestation
completely depleted the jungles of old wild trees with
naturally-produced resin. Thai oud is also commonly sold
first wisps of smoke are intensely sweet, narcotic,
some nutmeg,and a healthy dose of berries and figs. As the
continues to burn, the scent becomes more woody and
agarwood can be divided into many subgroups, each with its
own unique scent profile. The primary ones are sweet,
bitter. Vietnam is also home to Kinam, which is a very
rare type of
agarwood with its own unique scent and chemical
which is the most resinuous form of agarwood and the most
also traditionally been sourced from Vietnam as
Vietnamese agarwood is virtually impossible to find in its
of origin nowadays. Vietnam has been almost completely
depleted of high
quality oud trees, as Japanese agarwood collectors have
over-harvesting them for a very long time. The only source
Vietnamese oud is the big Japanese incense companies.
oud is the most versatile of all ouds, and can be used for
meditating, relaxing, scenting oneself and clothes, and is
most suitable oud for fumigation as well since the scent
after the smoke dissipates is devoid of off-notes which
might be found
when using wood from other countries.
and Laotian Oud
Burmese and Laotian agarwood chips produce a very pleasant
satisfying smoke. There are primarily two different kinds
of oud to be
found here: those that resemble Indian oud and those that
sweet Cambodian and Vietnamese ouds.
is extremely difficult to obtain good Laotian wood, and
trees in the
wild hardly exist now.
still has good quality wood, in some ways similar to what
be found in India about a century ago. In Eastern Burma,
similar to Vietnamese varieties can be found.
Malaysia and Thailand produce some agarwood similar to
found in Cambodia, but most of the agarwood from these two
have a heady aroma with sweet undertones and earthy
has many oud plantations with trees that are artificually
inoculated with the fungi that are responsible for
fragrant resin, and some of the chips acquired from these
a pleasant enough smoke that is suitable for scenting
clothes. However, the lingering scent can be funky and
agarwood produces a deep woody and satisfying smoke. There
is usually a very bold contrast between the vibrant top
and deep base notes.
has a very large population of wild mature agarwood trees,
however much of the wood chips and oils that make it to
the oud market
is from wild trees that have been artificially inoculated.
Indonesia arguably has the highest quality, oldest, and
agarwood trees to be found anywhere in the world today,
numbers are dwindling at an astonishing rate due to greed
over-harvestation. Without a doubt, the island of Borneo
is the most
prized region for oud in Indonesia. When placed on a hot
oud chips produce the densest smoke and the longest
first wisps deliver the scent of damp earth and
Soon a crisp woodiness and spiciness take over, that last
life of the burn. Subtle hints of palm sugar and mild
the nostrils and give the scent a syrupy depth.
all the Indonesian islands, agarwood from Borneo island is
one suitable for fumigating the house. The scent that
lingers after the
smokiness goes away has a clean, sweet woody smell. It is
excellent for scenting one's clothes, because the scent is
spicy and woody.
despite the abundance of high quality Borneo agarwood,
what is sold is adulterated with oils, paints, waxes, lead
island has even more wild, naturally-resinated agarwood
than Borneo island. However, although the oil extracted
wood is very appealing, the smoke produced from burning
Papuan wood is
not too suitable for fumigation, although it is still
smoke produced is grassy and herbal, with a deep woody
Arab countries, it is often used in wedding ceremonies and
is very rare.
is also home to an abundance of old wild agarwood trees,
however there are bandits roaming the forests who will not
before taking a human life, so procuring good wood can be
agarwood produces smoke that is sweet, salty and slightly
bitter, It is quite popular in Southern Arab countries.
Some might find
its smoke strange due to the saltiness. However it is very
scenting clothes, as the scent that sticks after the
dissipates has a very satisfying oudiness.
there you have it; a brief description of each of the most
agarwood varieties to be found. Don't forget to grab some
of your own
from our Oud