The secret technique that creates “rich and mature with complexity” agarwood aroma
The Emptiness - Mature, cultivated agarwood chips from our own plantation Binh Phuoc
If you look at the image below, you will see an agarwood frame (Aquilaria tree that has most of its non-infected wood taken out)
This Agarwood frame shows you how Agarwood is distributed in an Aquilaria tree. It contains three parts:
- Tree body
- Healthy Wood
Tree Body and Healthy Wood have limited uses, so I will not discuss with you about them here. What I would like you to look at is the Agarwood. Let take a closer look.
What I circled in red are two holes. These holes are the result of the electric drilling by our team.
As these holes are injuries, the Aquilaria tree will try to heal itself by secreting its resin: Agarwood.
I have marked Agarwood below. You can see some dark brown resin which forms around the injuries (holes),
If we harvest or cut out these Agarwood parts, we have Agarwood chips. These chips come in different shapes and forms.
Here is the secret:
Have you noticed the wood parts and the holes disappeared completely?
Let me show you, these holes, including the wood parts in the middle, has vanished completely.
Why does it matter?
First, the part that was vanished (circled in red) is a non-resinous part. It means there was no resin or no agarwood in it. There are two disadvantages to having them.
- First, they increase the weight of the chips.
- Second, they smell like ordinary wood when burning.
When you pay for Agarwood, you are paying for the resin, the best smelling part. Having the non-resinous parts will inflate the weight of the chip, it means you are paying more for something you don't need. You also experience some firewood smell if the red-circle part is not removed. Many wood chips on the market still have this part.
At Grandawood, we have a technique called " Hollow Body" to remove these non-resinous wood biologically.
The result is astonishing.
You will experience pure, high-quality incense aroma when you heat these chips. Once you smell this, you will never forget. You may even want more.
You see, many cultivated agarwood chips in the market will have a solid body like the below.
The new fibres (circled in green) is regenerated because the Aquilaria tree recovers from injury (drilled hole). This new fibre part is almost odourless at room temperature. And it causes two issues
First, you will pay more because agarwood chips with this fibre are heavier.
Second, when you burn this type of chip, you may feel good but somewhat unsatisfied, because it does not give you a pleasant aroma.
Let me explain further.
I am not a vegetarian or vegan. I eat fish so I would like to use it as an example. If you also have fish like me, would you prefer fillet over fish with bones?
Our Emptiness chips are like fish fillets. They are deboned so you can enjoy much more.
How does Grandawood treat this woodchip?
We don't harvest our trees when they are not ready. We let the time help us. Time is Agarwood friend.
Over time, this young part is mature and with our Hollow Body method, a non-poisonous technique, this part will be aged and decayed. Finally, it will decompose completely resulting in more agarwood.
And it is even better because
The wall inside the chips are resinous too; it means you get Agarwood from outside the chips and inside the chips. DOUBLE HAPPINESS
Allow me to show you.
Below is an image of our Emptiness Agarwood chips
One the outside, it is full of resin as you can see.
How about the inside of these chips?
The red-circled part is inside of the chip. Usually, on the market, you will find that they have little resin. But thanks to our technology, our Emptiness Agarwood chip is full of resin and oil.
You can have a look yourself:
When you heat these chips under an incense electric heater or hot charcoal with a mica plate, you will experience the beauty of it.
Close your eyes when you take a sniff, you will remember this fragrance. You will understand why it has the name " Wood Of God".
To man and woman who loves incense, you will appreciate this aroma for life.