- 7th November 2011, 03:39 AM
I didn't keep records. I chipped up a bunch of a largish block of agarwood I had lying around into fine splinters. I heated up an ounce of 95% ethanol double-boiler style. I added the wood chips and let them macerate. I filtered the spent chips and repeated. I did this until the alcohol was saturated. I say it was saturated because a black goo settled to the bottom of the bottle when it cooled - the room temperature alcohol could not dissolve all the resin and whatnot that was dissolved in the hot alcohol. I have no idea how much oud wood I used relative to the alcohol.
- 7th November 2011, 04:09 AM
This piece was a lucky find at an old TCM shop that had large sculptures, etc. it wasn't cheap, but not expensive by today's standards. Maybe the size of a paper coffee cup. I wish now I hadn't smashed so much of it up. Didn't really realize fully what oud was at the time. Smells a bit like Borneo wood to me, but not exquisite in aroma.
- 7th November 2011, 04:10 AM
That's a nice way to clean out the vials, Younight. I guess I am not going to surprise anyone when I say how amazingly a little ambergris rounds out the aroma of oud oil. Wow!