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Mysterious, addictive, divine woody aroma are some of the words used to describe this aroma. However, words alone could not describe the experience of this icon agarwood chip, which is an exclusive local specialty.
There is a folk song about Khanh Hoa; I shall begin with the original in Vietnamese.
"Khánh Hòa là xứ Trầm Hương
Non cao biển rộng, người thương đi về."
Literally, it means
"Khanh Hoa is the Oud Society (land of agarwood)
With High Mountain, Wide Sea where the merchants return."
In the land of "Agarwood", the local government built an "Incense Tower" or "Agarwood Tower" in 2008.
Arial View by Trang Nha(Google Map)
It is a popular tourist site, and inside this tower, the scent of agarwood will be present most of the time. The tower staff is heating Agarwood chips and agarwood incense so the visitors could enjoy.
The top of the building represents the tip of a calligraphy pen. It implies the scenic of Nha Trang as beautiful as drawn.
Around 4km from the Agarwood Tower is the Po Nagar Tower (the locals called it Lady Tower or Thien Y Thanh MauTower). It has an interesting legend related to agarwood.
Imagine taking a ride with me. Let's go.
(Image: Google Map)
Cross the Tran Phu Bridge
So we finally arrived at Po Nagar Tower. If you would like to look around, click here for a 360-degree view. Thanks to Google, you can visit around virtually.
One jaw-dropping fact: the Cham people built these buildings just by bricks without the use of mortar (adhesive).
According to legend, once upon a time, there was a Cham couple: a husband and a wife who farmed watermelon for a living.
One day, they found a girl played with their melons. So out of curiosity, the couple asked the little girl about her family. They learnt that she had no relatives, so they decided to adopt her. Little did they know she was a fairy.
Many years passed by, the little girl had grown up to be a beautiful lady.
One day, she turned some leaves and rocks into a penjing (also known as bonsai). The husband did not know where she got it from, so he questioned her.
Before answering, the lady turned herself into a log of agarwood and floated away.
Whenever this log went, its scent attracts many people, but no one could carry it. The locals talked about it, and the news eventually reached the Prince.
So he decided to give it ago. To his surprise, he lifted the agarwood log up without trying.
The prince brought the wood to his room and put it in the corner to enjoy the fragrance daily. Since then, every night, he saw a lady.
But every time he came close, the lady disappeared.
So he decided to hide and quietly hugged her from behind when she appeared.
They married after that.
After many years, the lady missed her adopted parents, so she went back to where she was raised. Unfortunately, her parents were no longer there.
With a feeling of reciprocation, she decided to help the villagers by teaching them agriculture. After that, the village prospered.
To remember her, the Cham people built the Po Nagar Tower.
"Agarwood" is the local specialties of Nha Trang because of the complexity and the unique "spice" it emits when heated. However, you can only experience it only if you know where to get them.
Just like many tourist sites, many unscrupulous vendors try to make a quick buck by selling ingenuine products. Agarwood is just one of these.
For example, they fill the wood with sand to increase the weight. Consumers would not know until they heat the agarwood. The appearance looks the same to the genuine one. So, trust is a big issue in this industry.
Excellent quality. A picture speaks a thousand words. Musky, woody and vanillic with some unique spicy notes from Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province.
It is also the main ingredient of our "Renown Orange Cap Incense: Grandawood Agarwood Incense- Premium Quality- 10g 沉香香
If you burn this oud chip under the naked flame, you will experience an intense note of sweet woody note within seconds. Unfortunately, it will not last, and you will feel you are wasting this precious raw incense material.
So if you would like to have a better experience with it, I recommend using Mica Plate.
Currently, we have two types.
Standard Mica Plate: if you just want the basic function: minimise the wood chip burnt note
Shoyeido Mica Plate has a metal frame outside. It has all the functionality of the standard one has. PLUS the square cut with the metal frame outside. It is produced by one of the oldest Japanese Incense houses: Shoyeido.
This is a way for people to enjoy intense agarwood scents in the shortest time. All you need is an incense burner, light the charcoal and put the agarwood on top.
Just like how you barbecue, the advantage of this method is easy to set up. It is fast.
It also produces the scent quickly
The disadvantage: Due to high heat:
The agarwood chips do not last long
You will experience some burning notes
Although it takes a longer time to set up, I found it lasted extremely long. The scent will be lingering around for hours.
But it requires patience which could be a challenge to many people
Let us know what you think?
If you feel this set-up is too much for you, try Grandawood specialty, the "Holy Aura" Premium incense using Nha Trang Oud chip as the main ingredient.
All you need is a lighter to try.
Nha Trang has been on my 'to do list' for a while and now I see why. I always do a resin check with all my Oudhs and this Agarwood is definitely A+. Very resinous is an understatement. The resin residue coming out is so rich, it actually looks like black tar!!! To put it into perspective, I've tried the Middle East method mentioned above and you ideally need to be using low heat as something this rich on oil can easily catch fire. This quality is reflected in the smoke. A classical Oudh profile that is very earthy, deep & penetrating yet very uplifting. The light spiciness makes the top note very pleasant and much lighter which lifts up the deep agarwood notes and makes your whole incense experience that much more pleasant. The depth of the Oudh ensures you are not getting too much spice whilst the light profile of the Oudh gives you a much playful Oudh, the perfect contrast. The balance of the dark and light notes of this Oudh certainly remind me of a good quality Kinam where you have the minty top notes contrasting the dark and earth notes (but without the guilt associated with burning Kinam!). Based on my findings I decided to experiment further. I decided to add some green Hojari to a fresh batch and the results were mind blowing. This Oudh simply multiplied the strength of light and citrusy top-notes whilst adding spice to them and strengthened the woody base of Frankincense and Oudh. I spent about 20 mins hovering over the incense burner with just Nha Trang. We have always talked about this wonderful Agarwood in the Middle East and now I see why.
A beautiful wood, large generous pieces that easily break down into smaller ones for the electric burner. A beautiful odour, rich and resinous soon fills the room. Highly recommended for an accessible yet refined wood.
This is a beautiful wood to smoulder, and a must have for the collection. A small piece used on an electric burner soon sweats out the precious oil whose odour fills the room, very reasonably priced and a mainstay for the collection.
So far I have been quite satisfied with every purchase that I have made from your website. Will be interested to see what is offered in the future!
beautiful spicy, sweet, woody when heating on the mica plate. Thank you for the recommendation, the mica plate does it job, and the chips last much longer