Tasting of Kyara and other aloeswood from all over SE Asia. Five buds and their four legged friend embarked on the mission.
Selected: Indonesia, Malaysia Plantation 1, Malaysia Plantation 2, Wild Cambodia
Kyara, Vietnam 1, Vietnam 2
Some samples turned out to have a bolder aroma, but it was unfocused. These were revealed to be plantation wood possibly infected with multiple strains.
The wild Cambodia kyara stood out early in the testing.
We followed familiar methods for judging the aroma and taste of the samples.
Heating the samples would be quite wasteful, so we heated a tiny piece, and sated our curiosity by burning a Kyara themed stick from a top Japanese firm. I was not confident in the blend upon smelling it in the package, but once the smoke was swirling around, it was a delight.
To shake things up we even tried a bit of old growth American oak harvested by our own MV. The scent of vanilla in the dry wood was intoxicating. Not bad in the cup either.