Good news for sandalwood lovers who have witnessed in the last years the total disappearance of the real Santalum of Mysore caused by years of illegal and excessive logging.
While the distillation of local sandalwood in Mysore has stopped, some smart Australians have imported the Santalum Album tree in order to fill the emptiness that the Indian disaster has created in the market.
Australia has been sustainably producing for decades the Sandalwood essential oil, from the variety Santalum spicatum of trees. It is an excellent sandalwood but inferior in olfactory quality to the Album variety.
Santalum Album is postulated to have originated from an over-sea dispersal out of northern Australia or Papua New Guinea 3 to 5 million years ago, its return to its land of origin presaged only good for the qualiy new essence.
2013 is the first year for the production of Australian Santalum album to go on the market.
The result is excellent and very alike the Mysore, especially for the delicate santalol middle and end note totally missing to the Album and Spicatum.
The Album Australian is just a bit stronger and wilder than the Mysore, which is a prize to it, because the Mysore identity is fully there.
The Australian version reflects the wilder and harsher land of Australia to the Mysore smell, while the original Album from Mysore echoes the softness of the ancient civilisation of Hindustan.
An extremely valid substitute to the extinct Mysore sandalwood, a true resuscitation of the unforgettable mythic scent. A happy return.
The price of the new available essence reflects its olfactory quality, it is more expensive than jasmine absolute. But for Sandalwood lovers it is well worth the expense.