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Meroke : Bead Grade Oils

Discussion in 'Rising Phoenix' started by RisingPhoenix, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. RisingPhoenix

    RisingPhoenix Resident Artisan

    I’ve mentioned I’ve been making oils from bead log waste.

    Figured I’d show some examples of what I’m referring to.

    I’m producing some oils at the moment from Meroke from the waste from these specific logs. So far...the results are great :)

    Oils, at some point, will be available from the runs we’ve been doing. Stay tuned.

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  2. Martin

    Martin Oud Novice

    Hello JK, Any idea if these log sections were submerged? Just wondering as I am assuming that would have an affect on the aroma of the oud oil.
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  3. RisingPhoenix

    RisingPhoenix Resident Artisan

    Most of these logs are not live wood, no.

    The first batch of Meroke bead oil came in the other day and I’m working on doing some more curing of it. So far - smells pretty damn awesome.

    Will be starting another batch run soon :)
  4. noobie

    noobie Whats this Oud About?

    Are the logs even agarwood? Sorry for the ignorant question but the resination pattern looks suspicious. Compared to what I've seen so far. I could be wrong ofcourse.
  5. RisingPhoenix

    RisingPhoenix Resident Artisan

    They are, yes. Cross sections of the logs and seeing the grain patterns
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  6. Joe King

    Joe King AttitOud

    Great to see distillers sharing pictures of actual wood going into distillations :clapping:
    I don't understand your answer to martins question's though o_O
    Are you saying it was not submerged? Or that submerged logs are live? or that it has no effect on the aroma? or if you don't know?
    Apologies for my simpleness :Notworthy:
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  7. RisingPhoenix

    RisingPhoenix Resident Artisan

    Hey Joe - no need to apologize :)

    What I meant was that many folks aren’t used to seeing the cross section of logs. Most chips people are buying - they are looking at the wood from the side, rather than directly at the grain / cross section. Hence why he may have thought they looked a little odd. Shots are from an angle most aren’t familiar with.

    Most of the wood coming from Meroke is from long dead trees that are recovered from rivers / mangrove / marsh / swamp. Some folks call these “submerged” logs. Occasionally there are live trees that are cut, as well - but the vast majority of trees taken from this area is from submerged dead wood.

    Since I’m buying the bead waste - I often get shots of logs, but the waste is all mixed together. No real way of differentiating what’s what (live vs dead) - but the vast majority from this area the trees are long dead.

    As for the general opinion that these kinds of trees don’t produce good oil...well - that opinion is more misplaced than wrong. A lot of distillers, as we all know - cook poorly or “mixed non-Agarwood” species into the oils. They’ll often smell like junk oils or diesel fuel. Suffice it to say...that’s not what we are producing here :)

    Anyhow - figured I’d post some photos since I’ve been saying I’ve been making some bead grade distillations. This is what the oils are being made from - and from several regions.

    And just for contrast - here is some mixed region and species material that’s turning into oil from Borneo / Sulawesi / Sumbawa / and a few others. All from live trees, below :)

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  8. noobie

    noobie Whats this Oud About?

    Thank you.
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  9. Martin

    Martin Oud Novice

    This was the answer I was looking for JK. TY. Good luck with all the bead stock projects. What time range to you feel is appropriate for an oil of this kind to cure in a natural manner properly? May we assume these oils are hydrodistilled?
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  10. RisingPhoenix

    RisingPhoenix Resident Artisan

    Welcome! Hope that helps to clarify.

    Good question. Many oils I make I shelve for 2-3 years. It’s why you’ll notice there are some 2016 and 2017 oils popping up in the shop now.

    Others I’ll cure 3-6 months (usually because I need to fill a gap in the shop). Notice the 2018 batch of Qing, needed to fill the 2016 batch of Qing that sold out. I have another 2016 and a 2017 batch still curing, as well as another 2018 - all Qing distillations. I listed one of the most recent to fill a gap - but also because it felt perfect to release despite being more a recent run. Sometimes it’s fun to sell a more recent distillation so that the customer can observe first hand how it shifts.

    Notice the 2018 Annona recently uploaded (and entirely overlooked :( ). Cured for about 8 months before being listed. That’s the test batch I ran of the Malaysian bead stock. I have a second batch made shortly after the test batch that is currently curing. A third batch that’ll be running from the wood seen in the thread I just created. That malaysian bead stock is insane. No one smelling Annona at the London OudFest could place where it was from. No one even guessed Malaysia - let alone from the southern tip, just north of Singapore. Smells a bit like it’s from everywhere - and from nowhere.

    The Meroke batch that just arrived still smells a bit fresh. Distilled in stainless and still hanging onto the still note. But from what I can tell - I’d never guess it was a Meroke oil, myself :Roflmao: Maybe that’ll change as it settles, but for now - it’s a je ne sais quoi!

    Yes - assumption correct - hydro distilled :)
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