I have been carving simple shapes from some of my sandal wood blocks. As you can see here in the picture. I don’t know anything about carving so I’m just messing around and having a little fun. Creating some wood cookies and little cubes and things like that. As I am burning the flakes from each of my different wood blocks I’m amazed by the different versions of the sandalwood sent that I’m experiencing. My benchmark is yamada matsu log slices - these smell to me like the best of the Japanese sourced sandalwood I have smelled. Other logs I have that I’ve been chipping off of are all clearly sandalwood but there are some clear and pretty pronounced differences in scent. Some wood blocks have a sweet almost floral quality to them - quite different from the dense oily quality of the best wood I have. Some of the logs I have chipped off have this scent quite strong, others quite faint. When I first smelled it I thought that the log I had had been perfumed or something - it isn’t a smell that I associate with the best Sandalwood. But then I kept finding the same scent in the woods from different suppliers, and the scent runs all the way through the blocks, and it is found in pieces that clearly have different ages and qualities and from different sources. Now I believe this is a signature fragrance of sandalwood from a certain region, but I am really surprised at the range of qualities coming out of what is clearly santalum album. All of these wood blocks were marketed as Mysore - perhaps this is just a signature introduced by the soil or water or whatever that makes Mysore special. This scent is absent in the baieido and yamada matsu sandalwood I have smelled. But I don’t know where baieido and yamada matsu get their sandalwood. I can identify the scent of New Caledonian and Aussie sandalwood so I know it isn’t a difference on this level. Does anyone have any thoughts on santalum album with a pronounced floral tone? And how this relates to the other nuances of santalum album wood?