One of the threads I miss the most from BN is the Distillation thread. Today I wanted to write about a topic that affects most of us in the Oudh business but I realised that BN is closed so I decided to start it here and hopefully continue on where we left there... One of the major challenges distillers can face is the material they receive. Usually these raw materials come through a chain of hunters, collectors/sorters, traders. Not everyone in that chain is going to be honest and transparent. As such wild is not always wild, natural is not always natural. In our tradition from a young age we are taught about oudh, how to identify it and the tell tell signs to look for. If one is not able to distinguish between wild,cultivated-inoculated, natural-organic, then it is easy to be tricked into thinking that the wood is wild and proceed to thinking there is wild wood going into the pot. This identification is not something easy, it takes years to perfect and understand. In the last month I have been sent a dozen photos and clips where the distiller thinks the wood is wild and in fact it isnt. Some of these photos/videos are few years old some are recent. Showing that this is in fact an on going issue. I will try to share some photos etc to explain the differences.