When talking about kinam, there are two schools of thought: the Japanese and the Chinese.
The Japanese hold that kinam only originates in Vietnam, Hainan and parts of Cambodia – while the Chinese have identified kinam in various other agarwood-growing regions. Regardless of their differences, what is clear is that ‘kinam’ is a scent apart.
Vietnamese kinam does not smell like other Vietnamese agarwood, even if it be the stickiest, most resinated kind. Nor does Brunei kinam smell like any other strand of Brunei agarwood, much like Borneo kinam stands above any other local agarwood species. Rather, the closest scent to Vietnamese kinam is… Borneo kinam… Cambodian kinam… Bruneian kinam. The scent is beautifully distinct and exquisitely rare; the golden tip at the top of the oud pyramid, regardless of the country it’s found in.
We’re no longer talking ‘sinking-grade’ here, or about an untapped jungle. It’s not about Grade A or AAA or ‘Super King’. There’s agarwood… and then there’s KINAM.
Sit with a Chinese agarwood collector as he shows you his collection. He’ll point to different batches of wood and tell you: “This is Yunnan, that one’s Maluku; over here you’ve got sinking Port Moresby…” But ask him about those nuggets way at the top and he doesn’t tell you where it’s from. All he says is: “That is Kinam.”
In this Kinam Kit, you get a collection of kinam granules that covers both schools.
Indulge in four kinds of kinam as identified by experts in Japan and China, and sold as kyara by the most respected authorities in the field.. Rather than guessing games with vague charts and descriptions, these are the smells experts use as benchmarks and identifiers. Just as you would, when talking about kinam, at least have an industry-standard reference like Baieido’s on hand (included in this kit). Otherwise, you’re just talking through your teeth.
The Japanese incense houses and Chinese agarwood collectors are the kings of kinam because they sought out and bought out all of it over the years, long before others caught on — that’s why ‘soil’ kyara is a big thing now, because with no living kyara trees standing, the only place you’re likely to find kyara today is underground. It’s been prized in their olfactory cultures for centuries. Kinam was already part of their culture before the USA even existed!
All the confusion and difficulty in getting your hands on real kinam is exactly because Japanese and Chinese collectors have this monopoly. And they don’t flaunt it. Walk into a Baieido showroom in Japan in person and they’ll only let you buy 1 gram of kyara, even if you’re a known collector. It’s part of their culture and reflects their reverence for this precious aromatic.
Instead of philosophizing about what it is, is not, or ought to be… this Kinam Kit shows you what it IS. It’s what I, my teachers, and the veterans at the top of the chain who invest sick amounts of money on kinam, know it to be. If it was all up in the air with fluffy fairytales, there wouldn’t be millions of $ changing hands like you see in these circles. To me, and especially these guys, it’s crystal clear what kinam is, is not, or ought to be. That's the kinam you're getting in this kit.
You might think, ‘but the Japenese and Chinese differ themselves, so why should I care about what you and your sifus think?’ True. That’s why this kit includes Vietnamese kinam acquired straight from the Japanese houses, as well as Borneo, Brunei, and Chinese kinam. Not only that, you’re getting the Vietnamese kinam for CHEAPER than buying from the Japanese houses directly (currently, $246/gr LESS to be exact).
The Kinam Kit lets you smell for yourself why the Chinese have a strong case for saying kinam isn’t limited to Vietnam alone. But if you insist on Vietnamese kinam being the only kinam out there, you’ll still be left in awe at how these Brunei, Borneo, and Chinese palettes smell SO out of this world compared to ‘regular’ varieties from the same regions. Their scents will be tattooed into your olfactory memory for life.
Diehard skeptics who criticize the Chinese school and insist that it’s a marketing trick miss one crucial point: It’s MUCH easier to find Vietnamese kinam than Chinese kinam. When was the last time you’ve seen any kind of Chinese agarwood for sale anywhere? Not to mention agarwood like this:
Same goes for Borneo and Brunei. Despite how hungry some fakesters are to make a buck, they know there’s too much Borneo wood around to compare their Borneo ‘kinam’ to and get exposed. That’s why you hardly see any advertised. It's equally rare to find Brunei Kinam for sale, and even the offers you do find are soil kinam — not kinam from living trees.
The reason you’ve now got the chance to own living kyara harvests from all four corners is simple: these are vintage harvests. The Brunei kinam alone was stored in wax for ten years, and you haven't seen wood half this caliber come from China in the last two decades.
This is the most comprehensive kinam kit I know of. Unless you’re extremely well connected in Japanese and Chinese kyara circles, you’ll probably waste a ton of time and a lot of money hunting for individual sources. And to find the same caliber kinam… that's a different challenge altogether. And you'll pay more.
You'll get four sets of granules:
.25 gr Vietnam Kinam
.25 gr Brunei Kinam
.25 gr Borneo Kinam
.25 gr China Kinam
Smell the crème de la crème of the oud world and discover an olfactory journey like no other: Kyara | Kinam | Qinan.
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