What is soil oud agarwood?
There are many types of agarwood oud in the world. In this post, we only talk about soil agarwood. This name “soil oud agarwood” is known and used by Vietnam agarwood sellers.
Soil oud agarwood is one special type of natural agarwood oud. As the name meaning, the soil agarwood is agarwood that found underground. They are dead agarwood trees, agarwood branches or agarwood pieces underground, in streams or rivers for a long time. We say “for a long time” because nowadays, some oud agarwood sellers put their fresh agarwood material underground for 1-2 years and sell as soil oud agarwood. But the quality of this agarwood is completely different.
How to find the soil oud agarwood?
Agarwood hunters in Vietnam often find soil agarwood by digging the root of dead agarwood trees. Sometimes they see a part of dead agarwood branch appearance after mudslides. Then they dig around and collect soil oud pieces.
The age of the soil oud agarwood.
It’s difficult to know the age of these soil agarwood pieces, maybe several decades, maybe hundreds of years. But soil agarwood oud is not underground for 1-2 years only. We will talk about differences between fresh agarwood and soil agarwood at “quality of soil agarwood”. Someone also asks me if the hundreds of ages agarwood pieces are Kinam oud. I said that Kinam oud is very different from agarwood.
Color of soil oud agarwood.
Because of lie underground, so soil oud pieces have the same color with soils around. In Vietnam, almost soil ouds have a red color outside because of agarwood trees often grow up in basalt red soil areas. Sometimes, we also see the soil oud in black color.
Quality of soil oud agarwood?
If you have a sink soil agarwood chips from Nha Trang of Vietnam, I can say that you have the best quality of agarwood in the world. Why? The smell of soil agarwood is better than other agarwood types. It’s not easy to explain how better but if you have ever tried soil agarwood, you will feel by your self. About oud oil density inside, it’s full of oil. Because they are underground and water for a long time, so almost wood parts (only wood, not contain oil) are destroyed naturally by the time. You can see high agarwood resin inside almost soil agarwood pieces. Oudwoodvietnam.com show you the comparison picture between fresh agarwood piece and soil agarwood piece here for your reference:
Using soil oud agarwood
There are many ways to using soil agarwood: burning or heating to enjoy the special smell, making premium quality pure oud oil, carving handicraft, making agarwood bracelet… In Vietnam, someone also soaks high-quality soil agarwood in wine to drink. They believe that it is good for their brain and health. We don’t recommend you do this way if you do not understand the origin of your soil oud material. At oudwoodvietnam.com, we often use soil agarwood for heating in my house and making premium quality oudh oil.
Vietnam soil oud agarwood?
In Vietnam, the soil oud has found in the middle areas like Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province), Quang Nam province, Phu Yen province, Quang Binh province, Thua Thien – Hue province, Quang Binh province…
There are some grades of soil oud from highest grade (sinkable, Nha Trang) to lowest, depend on the density of oud oil inside, smell… The smell of soil oud depends on the foundation areas. In Vietnam, we most like Nha Trang sinkable soil oud.
Price of soil oud agarwood
In general, the price of soil oud in Vietnam is higher than other agarwood types because of quality and rare. It’s not easy to collect the soil oud in the forest. Price of one-kilogram soil oud now is from $5000 to $100,000. Some special soil agarwood pieces have a higher price even.
As we said at the top of this post, some sellers put their fresh agarwood material underground for 1-2 years and sell as soil agarwood. So, you should buy soil oud when you have experiences with this type of agarwood.