Many years ago, we have the cultivated agarwood rolling out in
stage 1, there was some marketing or debates of various
agarwood species, some bring in Aquilaria crassna from vietnam,
Subintegra from thailand, malaccensis,Hirta from indonesia
malaysia and Aquila sinensis all the way from Hainan and
guangzhou in China. There are even super 10 in 1 seedlings or
magical resin producing seedlings available in the market at
For Stage 2, there was a lot of "magical
inoculation" for agarwood in the market, some use liquid
dripping, some with powder form, tree debarking methods and many
ways you can think of to "force out" the resin from the agarwood
trees. Most of them demand a high price which make it hard for
the farmers to obtain profit from the cultivatged trees,
especially for high labour cost countries.
In Stage 3, it
started with agarwood investment companies holding various
seminars to get hold of the investor money and getting "almost
free" agarwood trees from the farmers with some plantation
management effort and agarwood trees inoculations.
Now for stage
4, we see the entry of Cultivated Kynam/Kyara.
Let us take a look at the cultivated kynam chips below. In
terms of scent, it is similar to the green kynam, just that it
is very young and fresh and comes with "simpler" notes compare to
the complex notes from the wild kynam.
Many of the
traders already turn the cultivated kynam into powder form and
sold as "wild kynam powder" which is usually
the byproducts after beads making. If the cultivated kynam price
is near to lower mid range, it is a good buy to try out it's
"plum like" agarwood scent :)
Look at the wild Kynam below, looks highly resinated with
tigerwood style "resin flower" for cross section cut. These are
perfect for making agarwood beads, with the left over powder for
high end agarwood lovers of kynam fumigation purpose. Read more
about tigerwood over
Comparing the scent between cultivated kynam and wild kynam,
the wild kynam win hands down for it's concentrated kinamic
scent, different layers and complexity in scent profile. Many
traders control the price of wild kynam to be very high and with
the entry of some higher quality cultivated kynam, we may see
some compeitition between them, especially for low grade wild
kynam to higher grade cultivated kynam.
Like other types
of wild agarwood, if you love a certain type of agarwood, it
will be your kynam as all of them comes from the forest.