Agarwood remains a popular aromatic material in the modern age.
Unfortunately, many users have had to switch from using premium-grade wild agarwood to using less resinous cultivated variations.
Anyways, if you are interested in purchasing agarwood, there are several grading scale systems you should be aware of. Different grading systems are used in different regions of the world.
Standard Grading Scales
Malaysia’s standard grading scale includes 12 different grades.
At the top of the line are “Double Super”, “Super”, “A”, “B”, “C” and “D”.
A and B both have a sub-grade, C is divided into 4 sub-grades, and D is divided into 2 sub-grades.
Indonesian agarwood typically has 9 grades, the most important grades being “Super A”, “Super B”, “Super C” and “Sabak”, with the rest of the grades pertaining to wood size and resin quantity.
Indian agarwood is mostly graded by “Triple Super”, “Double Super”, “Super”, grades A, B, C, D, and so on. However, these are the grades you are most likely to come across..
In Vietnam there are 5 grades for standard agarwood and 4 grades for kynam according to the Institute of Agarwood. These grading scales can be portrayed in different ways but usually mean the same thing.