Agarwood | 沈香

It is one of the raw materials for incense, and is read as "JINKOU".

When an evergreen tree of the genus Aquilaria or Goriscyllus in the family Chenopodiaceae, which grows from India to Southeast Asia, gets sick or injured, the resin gathers to heal it. This is called deposition agglomeration, and agarwood is the result of the transformation of ingredients by the action of spores and bacteria, the formation and maturation of resin, and the release of fragrance.

In the world of perfumery, it is also called agarwood or "OUD", which has been in vogue for a relatively long time.

At room temperature, agarwood does not have much of a scent, but when heated, it gives off an ethereal aroma. It has an excellent calming effect.

It takes 20 years for a tree to mature, and 50 years for the process from agglutination to agarwood.

It is said that it takes 100 to 150 years to produce high quality agarwood. The highest quality agarwood is called "KYARA" and can only be found in south-central Vietnam. 

Attribute part: Resin
Place of origin: Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Assam region, Hainan Island
Aroma characteristics: Acid

Photo courtesy: OSAGAWA NISABUROU SHOTEN

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