I often heard "give me something smell like flower, wood and herbaceous". Usually, an essential oil contains 2 of this request.
- Oud that smells floral and woody or
- Oud that smells like woody and herbaceous' or
- Oud that smells like herbaceous and floral
But, finally, I found the one containing 3 which is quite interesting to smell.
"The journey of getting this oud"
In a rainy day, Friday, 25th October 2019, our partner, Long received a call from Cheng about some wild oud chips.
Cheng was an experienced oud hunter living in an ethnic village at Mugecun. Over the phone conversation, he said that he had some agarwood stocks that he and his team had been gathering for months.
Long agreed to meet him so he hopped in the car and drove in the next morning.
After 2 hours, he arrived at the town but Cheng's place was difficult to reach because of the narrow roads. And they were not bitumen.
So, Long borrowed a bicycle from a villager and rode according to Cheng's instruction.
Another 30 minutes passed, Long arrived at a wooden house. It was still pouring
There were 5 people inside.
Cheng came out and greeted him.
" Long time no see brother Long? Have you eaten? Come inside"
" So here is the place you are hiding"
Cheng smiled and made some tea.
" Let's talk business"
"Why so hurry, you drove over 125 km to come here and it was dark currently. You are going to spend a night here anyway. Want some food?"
"Something quick will do, I am not hungry" Long said
Cheng sipped his tea and said
" I will be very direct to you, I need some cash". Cheng kept going
"After the 2016 flood, I and my team found many dead trees which had agarwood. Only us know the location of these trees The challenge was there were only 5 of us to transport the trees to the safe place, and process the material. We need more men and a truck for this job and we are short of cash.
"So if you take ALL the current stock now, PLUS what I had at my place, you will get a price that you won't be able to get before. Then, I will be able to get more workers to get the rest of the wood so you can have more. I can't let many people know as they would fight over these so should we collaborate?"
"Tell me what you got"
"25kg on hand and another 50kg at my place"
Long mentioned that it was difficult to transport these wood chips as they are quite bulky.
" I am not going to bring these back via a bicycle because it is too risky to do so. Also, I won't be able to access here by car, the local infastrucre does not support this option".
Cheng came up with a brilliant solution. He asked
"Long, you told me you would like some oud oil right?"
"Great". Cheng said there was an oil distillation unit near hear to turn these resinous wood chips into Oud Oil.
And Long agreed. After all, he was going to save a tremendous amount of logistics because the oil distillation facility is only 1km away from this wooden house. He could not be happier with this solution. Because
Had he managed to get these oud chips down the mountain and then several roads himself, he could not have come back in one piece. The road was dangerously difficult to access and there was no car access
Even if he could transport it to his distillation facility, the cost might not justify his works. So if he could do it locally, he would be able to pass his saving to us and ultimately to you.
So he quickly handpicked the material for the first batch. Let's cook...
Double filtered oud for double the pleasure
The distiller was an old man he did not talk much or allow Long to take more pictures.
He told Long that after pulverising these chips he would soak it. He said the first filter would be here where he removed all the wax.
The second filter occurred after the distillation completed. He would filter the oud again to ensure the transparency of this "Liquid Gold".
Let me explain
You see, some seller is selling oud oil without filtering. The smell may be alright but the liquid was cloudy. And it could be an eyesore, an incomplete oil.
To make the oil transparent, the distiller must filter it. It could be double or triple depending on the oil.
This old man knew what he was doing and he got some technique. Because this colour of this oil was clear golden brown. Like a fine whisky. Simply beautiful, not only to look but to smell.
Fast forward 3 months, we got this batch from Long and we had good news for you.
I have received 15 requests from you, asking when our Kalimantan Oil was back in stock. My answer to you would always be the same.
because with wild oud, we could not make 2 identical batches.
You love our Kalimantan oil because of its woodiness especially the first impression of powerful woody sweetness, the pleasant mellow of the single malt Scotch. You shared with your friends and it was sold out due to its popularity. You have been requesting to bring this oil back
I can't, nobody can.
But there was a main feature of this oil which is similar to the oil you love: the booming effect when it first came into contact with your skin or clothes.
When you received this oil, put on a tiny dab on your wrist. I found it best to appreciate it on a cotton pad because you will see the full effect of it from start to finish which takes several hours.
I have it next to my laptop and I have been smelling it for over a week and the scent is still present.
This oud oil will satisfy your nose just like a fine gourmet satisfies your stomach. You will be fulfiled with joy