I couldn't believe my nose when I came across these ancient relics while visiting my father-in-law's house. though I'm an advocate oud addict, the captivating smell of these burgundy-colored sandalwoods blew my mind. no sandalwood I've smelt till this day gave me such a euphoric feeling.
I immediately asked my father-in-law if he could sell me some of these. but the idea of receiving money from his son-in-law embarrassed him. so you could imagine how excited and grateful I was when he gifted these to me.
I was hoping to make prayer beads or bracelets from these highly aromatic sandalwood but I feel it’s disrespectful for the generosity my father-in-law gave me but with the lockdown having an effect on purchasing good quality products from India. I was left with little choice but to share this gift from my mentor with you.
This velvety sinking grade sandalwood has notes of spicy gingerbread along with a resinous butter note. the aroma is so strong at room temperature, it can be smelt right from the surface without even heating it.
There are good reasons why sandalwoods repetitively appear in multiple religions. but sandalwoods from those days and today's sandalwoods are far different because the sandalwoods we see today are nowhere as old as back in those days. in today's practice, most of the sandalwood that comes out of India are mostly up to 50 years old. what you're seeing here is beyond 100 years old sandalwood that you won't be able to easily find in today's market.