Great article on agarwoods by geographic region

Owner of Agar Aura, Taha Syed, just posted a very informative article on the unique scents and burning characteristics of agarwood as they relate to the locality from which the wood was harvested. The article can be found here:



  1. Marian said,

    July 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve noticed that chips vary a lot within a single purchase. I would expect they vary even more over time. Can anyone tell me if the same is true of Japanese sticks? Is the smell consistent from purchase to purchase?
    One of my favorite chip purchases was from Oudimentary. I really like their Burmese wood and was glad to read Taha’s article and find out that there’s still good wood left in Burma since that validated my experience.

    • Ross Urrere said,

      July 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

      The incense masters of any given company strive to replicate the scent of each new batch of each incense as much as possible. Of course, since they are dealing with raw materials that can change this can become a pretty complicated job,especially now as the availablity of many of the raw materials is becomeing very hard to source. I think one of the huge differnces between the Japanese masters and others is the shear amount of information and quality control they offer to their company. But if their supplies dry up or become non-existant there is only so much they can do.

      • Marian said,

        July 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        Thanks for that information, Ross. Very interesting. I can imagine that duplicating an incense is an extremely tricky job. Do you know how many years of training it takes to become an incense master? I’m curious 🙂

  2. Ross Urrere said,

    July 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Great find! Thank you Taha and Marian.

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