As promised and after a good night, La Maison Khenata will show it's philosophy. It has been debated after an interresing post of brother @Rai Munir on which he gave his honest feeling about what he smelt this year. It resulted a heated debate with sometimes some unfortunate words said by both sides sellers and customers. La Maison Khenata finds it healthy that such a debate can emerge from the forum. La Maison Khenata has filtered solids connexions from average ones, scammers ect ... into the far East since quite a long time now. We never been customers of the known pioneers here or in the other forum and we never been oudducated by their products, nor built our taste according to their standards nor took their oils as benchmarks. This said, La Maison Khenata has chosen to start slowly with resseling oils from Thailand and wood from Borneo and Brunei. We slowly reinjected the incomes and money saved since many years into new projects. To date we are proud to have conducted our own distillations with our own technics learnt from veterans. We are conducting for example a new East peninsular Malaysia crazy Hirta made from A/B few A/C and A grade chips chunks and logs that yielded enough to make another cheaper one with a lower grade whole trunk and chips. This one has been made from this : And is giving that : We also teached our own boosting technics to people in far East who helped us previously. We know some benefited from it and we don't expect a thank you. We enlarged our network to India thanks to God. We are close with a crew working for a famous Indian brand which exports their oils to Middle East. The Noir Velours has been (partially) by passed by LMK before it becomes mixed with other oils to feed the Middle East market. The future Hindi has been conducted from the beginning but we let them free to choose the cooking temperatures. La Maison Khenata also shared this wire to another artisan and permitted them to cook stunning Hindi oils recently and we don't expect a thank you. We also helped people to be familiar with the forum and sells their products from Siberia. We eased perfumers to buy raw material half with money, half with their own products to promote them ect ect ... We hate doing so publicly really... For us, generosity has to be discreet but it's done with purpose that will be explain later ... Just to say, no La Maison Khenata is not a house which go by it nose and say : wow nice oil sourced and ressold, smells just like X oil from X artisan. La Maison Khenata has for project to fully conduct all distillations. So why not moving into Far East ? Because people who already done it, done it before. The period in which market was bigger, competition smaller. La Maison Khenata is to date more a less a 35gr oil seller with a very small stock. So it would be useless. So why not travel and run all with your own hands ? Because La Maison Khenata didn't reached its maturation stage in which a travel can bring like 3 batches tot be left for aging. Travelling for distilling from France now would only make final product cost higher (+energy consumption). If La Maison Khenata happens to be a bigger house, it will be done with the biggest pleasure (and we are really tempering our frustration). Now for the 2 nd part, La Maison Khenata didn't disclosed the generosity acts that could have been made just to make you think how cool this house is. La Maison Khenata believes in healthy competition and help between sources, sellers and indulgence with customers. The point raised by @Arsalan and @Zahir are interresing. I would like to tell publicly that I don't blame them. I blame some colleagues oud artisans and their "supporters" or however we could name them to not sell only ouds or blends. I blame some of them to sell rumors and low marketing strategy like : "It became not sustainable since new couch sellers came into the market selling crap under the banner of "make oud cheap again". " We sacrificed our comfortable living for the love of oud" "They just buy and resell while we are bleeding on the field taking risks". "These new small stores are killing the market". This is just a random MARKETING TECHNIC. I wouldn't mention about lower attacks made in stealth mod. I have some customers coming in private knowing too much gossips about what is behind the curtains and that professionals know. I don't blame them since they have been (sometimes wrongly) informed by professionals. I ask this very same professionals and their supports to focus their efforts into selling their products only instead of gossip and low marketing technics. Almost all of us bought oud or even sold our own batches to other professionals and it's not gossip as we have factual proofs (conversations and dispatching papers) of it but as we will chose to keep silent and live our own life to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. La Maison Khenata hopes that this post has respected general rules and didn't brought any hard feelings to all forum members.