Somewhere in a Shanghai penthouse, a wealthy oudhead is lacking an agarwood bangle. A Beijing company baron’s show case stares straight back bare. Taipei’s illustrious incense tycoon is lacking his most sought-after ingredient. In turn, your oud collection may today boast a bottle of China-Market New Guinea oud oil drunk on Cambodian groundwater, prepared in metal.
Christmas was around the corner and there was unrest in Bangkok. Airport safety was on high alert. We had duffle bags stuffed with über uncommon aloes on our trolleys moving through traditions. Roadblocks had been extra tight together with officers’ tone extra tight. It’s a five hour drive to the distillery. Port Moresby—Singapore—Bangkok—Khao Ra Kam—Bangkok—Singapore—Khao Ra Kam—Singapore—Bangkok—Khao Ra Kam. “What’s this, sir? And what’s it for?”
We could have cargoed our lumber. We didn’t. We physically flew into Thailand with your duffle bags and bins twelve times instead. Discover a distinct segment tier of aloeswood that'sn’t useful for burning or oud distillation that always results in upscale China—next to a Patek Philippe on a night dresser, or closed in a laser-protected glass show cupboard. The timber is rare plus it costs a fortune. You don’t threat losing a gram from it.
We’re perhaps not speaing frankly about almost any Asia marketplace timber here, either. We’re chatting wild brand new Guinea timber of blackest order that moved to the pots on January 5, 2014 to kick off a series of insanities as if you’ve never ever seen before.
Sultan Fatih is considered the most high priced New Guinea distillation inside reputation for Ensar Oud. The natural aloes alone ended up being very nearly quadruple the price of the currently resin-packed incense-grade timber that went into crafting the sublime Sultan Murad. Insane, right?
With aloes since uncommon because, there are not any 2nd opportunities. Distillation has to be spot-on first time around. After all of the variables had been set while the gear prepped for this high-resin-density cooking, all methods had been go together with boilers had been illuminated.