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VL is an experienced agarwood trader. He is also an enthusiastic collector of agarwood.
His stock of agarwood chips is measured in tons, not kg, and worth several million.
Not only that, but he trades Ky Nam (also known as Kyara) frequently. VL is well-connected in the Vietnamese agarwood industry. He has won some of Ky Nam’s auctions and had several rare pieces worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Among many wins, he was scammed many times. After being fooled a few times, he developed his sharp pair of eyes and nose, which he used to identify Ky nam.
To him, Ky Nam is a huge word. This term is often overused and abused by many sellers who claim they are owing to it. He said many sellers were selling Ky Nam beads, Ky Nam oils, and Ky Nam incense. It is difficult to verify whether these products contain genuine Wild Ky Nam. In fact, if you get these items from these sellers, there are good chances that the item might not be authentic.
Think about it, for something that costs thousands and thousands of dollars pergram(not kilogram) to obtain, and the yielding is extremely small. If these incense or oils had genuine Ky Nam in them, could the seller sell at what price?
What about Ky Nam bracelets?
You see, to make bracelets, which is usually sphere shape, there will be a lot of wastage. So, would it be better for the seller to auction that raw Ky Nam piece rather than make a bracelet out of it? Then, the buyer can commission a bead maker to make the Ky Nam bracelet for him.
One word: Curiosity
Because it is rare, an experience of a lifetime, have you wondered how something that takes a century to form smells?
Maybe you have not heard of Ky Nam, but you most likely heard of the Corpse Flower.
You see, it takes around 10 years for the corpse flower (Titan Arum) to bloom. Although it smells like a rotten corpse, thousands of people queued up just to smell it. The funny part: it was not even fragrant. It stinks, and it attracts flies.
A lot of Karma Points
What is Karma point?
When a person does a good deed, for example, helping an elder crossing a street, he earns a good karma point. The more good deeds he does, the more karma “points” he makes.
The opposite is also true. If a person harms someone in any way, he will “earn” bad karma points.
There was an old saying: one needs to accumulate three lives worth of good karma points to smell wild Ky Nam. It means one person need to earn good karmas in his life, then reincarnate and do it 2 more. Only then that person will have enough faith to have a chance to appreciate the wild Ky Nam wood.
Impossible, you said. And I agreed. Not to mention, Wild Ky Nam has been wiped out. It only appears in the textbook and legends.
So does that mean there is no hope for people like you and me to experience this aroma?
Bad news:there is a minimal chance you might encounter Wild Ky Nam. And even when you do, would you burn something that costs millions per kg to smell?
I have been trying to get good karmas for many years. I don’t know who I was in the past or future. But in this life, I am an agarwood lover, just like you.
And here is the good news,
Although I may not have enough Karma points, I have been fortunate to experience the scent of Ky Nam wood. Thanks to the advanced science in horticulture, a few farmers can re-create the creamy notes of wild Ky Nam. Take a look at these wood pieces.
And one of the farmers donate the sample to the lab to examine
The result is astonishing.
You see, sesquiterpenes are the primary aromatic compounds of agarwood.
At 40 degrees Celsius, while the aromatic compounds of this farmed Ky Nam wood are not the same as the wild one, it is higher than cultivated agarwood. Even more, it has some compounds that cultivated agarwood does not have.
From 100 degrees Celsius, the farmed Ky nam wood releases more compounds similar to the wild one.
Although it is challenging to replace Wild Ky Nam, the farmed Ky Nam wood gives hope to the future. At least for you and I to experience it
So I will call it - KYGARWOOD,a premium cultivated and sustainable Ky Nam wood.
VL has tried Ky Nam before. Although he had several art pieces of the Wild Ky Nam, he is unwilling to burn any of them (which costs him hundreds of thousands of dollars)
So when he heard of Kygarwood, he thought we were joking with him. So he tried to laugh it off.
But he got nothing to lose to try anyway, so he decided to give it ago.
First, the Kygarwood has a dark brown colour. Second, it looks wet because it is rich in oil content. He took a whiff and got excited.
Turning his electric incense burner on, with 0.5g of Kygarwood powder on top, here is what he found:
You can turn the burner off and leave the room. The scent will be lingering in the air for a while. If someone walks into your room, he will wonder what smells so pleasant.
After trying our Kygarwood, VL is delighted. He told us we made his days and got some of this Kygarwood powder to gift his friends.
Many people have tried agarwood before, but this new Kygarwood. Experience the difference
The solid black colour is resin. When heated, the milky, creamy aroma will captivate your attention.
You see, wild Ky Nam is almost gone. If you don’t believe me, take a look at Shoyeido Premium Agarwood incense that has Ky Nam in it. In Japanese, Ky Nam is known as Kyara, and all the Kyara lines sold out.
If you missed those lines because you missed the Kyara scent, then you may consider this Kygarwood. Better yet, you can enjoy it in pure form.
A tiny bit will do wonder. Milky, Creamy and Woody. An experience of a lifetime
You will learn the unique creamy scent of it, and this aroma will imprint in your brain. Then, when you already have enough good karma points in your life, and when it is time for you to see the real thing, you might be able to tell. At least, you know what smell you are looking for in Ky Nam wood.
Feeling curious? Try some
This is the lightest and most wonderful Oud I have ever tried yet. Ive have only had two batches of Ky Nam both from my local supplier and Grandawood. I was curious to see what its like to burn Ky Nam on my charcoal censer to see what it was like and certainly the quality of this batch of Agarwood is the closest thing you can get to pure Kynam oil. All the reviews on this page are correct. For the best experience, one has to heat Kinam, not BURN it. The scent is very quite but after temperature reaches equilibrium. Despite having the identical fragrance profile of the oil, heating the wood is a completely different experience. You first start of with that sweet honey-like scent that Kynam has, followed by very fresh green woody body and that distinct minty top note that is exclusive to Ky Nam. The difference between the oil and the heated wood I found was that the scent profile was a hint deeper which is probably due to the heating process. Pure Ky Nam oil is much greener and probably because it certainly has more extracted Ky Nam in it. So to include, the more the Ky Nam you can get, the better. If I can hoard this wood I would. If you normally dont like Agarwood as you find it too heavy or smokey, then this fined powder will definitely change you mind! The powder is finely ground and is of good consistency. Good Kinam is very hard to find and it is wonderful that we are able to have this cultivated variety that is very authentic and environmentally friendly. Now we allll can enjoy good quality Kynam for many years to come.
Grandawood just keeps getting better! Low temp is where I found the magic happens for me. my powder is quite dark, fine and despite being loose has a definitive density about it. Personally I found 50 degrees is enough for me to really experience this. At low temperature this smells almost identical to a purportedly genuine, unfermented kynam oil I managed to get my hands on. Whilst my nose is not well enough versed in high end agarwood to truly tell - the note is distinct, fits the various descriptions I've heard and I am coutiously optimistic that both the oil and powder might in fact be the real deal. It's hands down the best note I've ever smelled. Incredibly grateful to have access to this "Kygarwood"!!