Many of my good friends know sometimes i will release Agarwood
Candan or Aquilaria Hirta in different grades and forms to those
whom i think will appreciate this type of agarwood for personal
and incense usage.
Compare to the widely available
Malaccensis, Agarwood candan seems to be like the Lexus out of
the toyota range of Malaccensis. There are quite a number of
sources for this wood, some from indonesia and cross over the
straits and sell as malaysia wood, some with different
variations of Candan in asean. My favorite candan would be the
sweet honey and very clean note type. Once you light it out,
immediately, you can easily differentiate this to the usual east
malaysia wood and malaccensis.
Higher grades of Candan
are like chocolate chips, looks very tasty and you can already
smell the wood by looking at the photos.
If you are
curious on how to identify the leaves of Aquilaria Hirta or
Agarwood Candan, u can feel the bottom of the leaves and it has
a hairy feel to it.
Many refers Aquila Hirta or candan to be the vietnam version of
Malaysia agarwood but it is different, both falls into the
category of sweeter scent compare to other agarwood. Some refers
it to vanilla scent, some to herbal sweet. As many traders
promotes soil agarwood, brunei wood, tarakan and etc, candan
remains to be low profile and understated alternative to them,
something similar to the Lexus in the past (The design of modern
Lexus are more aggressive now)
Larger blocks of mid grades of candan can be turned into
If you are a bit bored of the usual borneo wood
or malaccensis, perhaps you can try burning some littles chips
of Agarwood candan like the ones below :)
If you are lucky, you will be able to find some high quality
candan incense from reputable incense master or some candan oud
oils, do keep them as it is getting lesser and pricey to produce
high quality candan oud products.