Just like any other market, we have been offered to purchase these "high quality", "double super king" agarwood at a good price from local and oversea sellers/ hunters. First and foremost important question, Is it really agarwood? Please see the below three "prospective sellers" :
a) From Papua New Guine
b) Local Malaysian Hunters
c) Another Papua New Guine "agarwood"
Before determine whether the above wood is agarwood (Oud), let's examine its
taxonomy via science textbook against a sample of genuine agarwood
Text book: Agarwood, Science Behind the Fragrance:
Source Agarwood, Science Behind the Fragrance (2017)
Actual image under magnifier (approximately 30 times)
This match with the image b
Due to the limit of types of equipment, as we do not process lab microscope, we would not be able to match agarwood taxanomy mentioned in the textbook.
If in doubt, ask for a small piece from the sample and heat it, the distinctive smell of agarwood is unmistakable. If smell odd, trust your gut, do not buy.
Alright, ladies and gentlemen, after judging and heating, here is the answer
a) Not agarwood
b) Not agarwood: this looks like a real piece of high-grade agarwood. Unfortunately, after heating and physically feeling, it is NOT agarwood either
c) Not agarwood, similar but NO.
It is not easy to find this precious wood in the jungle and hewing down tree without knowledge is extremely devastating because it is a bad practice because it is bad for the environment
The bark of Aquilaria tree (which creates agarwood when wounded) is "peelable" without break. This is one of the wild tree within our forest.
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