Pasir Panjang, Malaysia, Nov 2014

I hope you enjoy this little video presentation!

There are some more exciting developments, but I’d rather keep those a secret until they bear fruition.

The upshot of the video is that, for our new breed of really amazing oud oils:
1) We have to focus on using very high quality feedstock. Not only does the oleoresin have to be rich and from old-growth trees, but the agarwood itself also has to pass olfactory tests as well, before being approved for oil extraction. A simply visual assessment is not enough.
2) We are using all-new distillation setups — not just for our Malaysian productions, but for all our new oils from different countries. Most are hybrid copper + stainless steel systems, but there are various combinations. Each one designed for the specific species (and the aromatic profile) of agarwood found there.
3) And finally, its not just about great raw materials and all-new extraction systems, the extraction techniques have been tweaked as well.

Thailand: some updates

So ‘Big Boss’ (don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here) got into a bit of a legal brawl. He was distilling oils without the permit required for producing essential oils. But given his high rank as an officer, this only slowed down the progress for our new wild Thai agarwood distillations, and did not fully halt them. He’s still sorting out the mess; he seems only annoyed but not worried in the least. I suppose when you’re the big boss of an area with a bunch of shoulder stripes, you can slither out of situations..

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So where’re the oud, dude…?

With all the chaotic running around, I decided to bring my family along to Borneo on my latest trip. Here I am having some relaxing family time in Kuching, standing by Sarawak river.
With all the chaotic running around, I decided to bring my family along to Borneo on my latest trip. Here I am having some relaxing family time by Sarawak River in Kuching.

If you’ve been following my recent blog posts from the past several months, you probably expected a whole lot of new products to be released by now. Each country that I visit seems to be melding into the other, in my mind. There are so many distillation projects running at the moment, its even hard for me to keep track (over a dozen projects, in over half a dozen countries).

And like many folks who have been asking me, you may also be wondering where these new oils are. Continue reading