The universe of our nature knows many scents. Those of herbs, spices and roots but these of plants and woods that meet with our olfaction as fragrance or aurae in equal measure. One of the latter has been quite a lucky find for us. Let the curtain rise for sandalwood.
Fountain of Sandalwood:
Talking about sandalwood, we directly plunge into the mysterious world of indian spirituality. There is hardly some other scent that is as associated with indian history and culture in spiritual but as well religious terms as the precious sandalwood. Known as a sensual odor, it was already mentioned in the eldest Sanskrit-literature (Song of Solomon) and exported to Egypt back in 1700 B.C. Some 1400 years later it was of such a value taxes were rose on it. Thus, it was no surprise that sandalwood was in such a good odour back then that it was referred to be the botanical gold. Today, it’s value has even increased. All plants and trees that are growing in nowaday’s India are directly classified state property so that without official approval it has become impossible to cut and steal them. It’s botanical family counts some 400 variations of about 30 different species. They are spread all over Indonese, New Zealand and Hawaii but you can mostly find them in Sri Lanka and India. Until the core of the wood has evolved some 30 years can go by.
Flavour of Sandalwood:
Main component of the molecular structure are Sesquiterpenes. These can be called terpenes that are hardly soluble in water but can exist as liposome and so could be dissolved in water or water-like substances. Monoterpenole (another key-molecular) is key flavour in rosemary, tangerine, cassia and coriander and thus stands just like trans-a-Bergamotol just as link for possiple pairing options.
Function of Sandalwood:
The satus and reputation of sandalwood has not yet been harmed over the years. Not only it’s various ways of use but most obviously it’s many effects characterize the wood as one of the most coveted wood-types in the world. Ayurvedic traditional medicine uses it to treat diseases such as fever, inflammations or dermatosis. It has similar positive effects on the digestion and respiration. Some studies have proven that sandalwood can positively influence the progression of a disease of dermal cancer patients. But not only the medical world is highly impressed of our little wood, the perfume industry adores it in equal measures. It has since been used for many indian-oriental scents but is highlighted as cobination with musk, patchouli ( a strong combination mostly for men). Aroma-therapy speaks of it as unwinding and antidepressant. It’s balsamic flavour with light floral scents is very famous. If you are interested in learning more about it’s somatic and psych effects, we recommend reading ‚Aromatherapie – Grundlagen. Wirkprinzipien. Praxis’ by Dietrich Wabner and Christiane Beier.
Sandalwood-oil can be bought at well-assorted groceries (Reformhaus). Primavera, a company specialized on the production of many of these scent-components (e.g. Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang or Patchouli) sell it. But be careful: Sometimes these scents which are obtained by lavishy steam distillation can cost quite a fortune. But how do we best use sandalwood now for the drink of the week? Highly appraised bar buddy Arnd Henning Heissen has been into the world of fragrances for more than eight years now. In his bar (Fragrances, Ritz Carlton Berlin) he creates drinks that consit of similar scent components than it’s corresponding perfume. In order to do so, he uses these oils. He puts around 1-3 drops into a some self-made simple syrup. Even though 1-3 drops may appear too little, they will perfectly do on 1 liter of simple syrup in aromatic terms. Only one drop of any of these oils would undoubtedly spoil a single drink. So here’s the rule. Take little oil for a lot of syrup. After putting the oil into the syrup, lightly shake the bottle. Done. But be careful! Always read the instructions on the oil-bottle and make sure it can be used for consumption as well. Talking about an appropriate pairing, we recommend bergamot, cassia, lavender, patchouli or rose.
Formula of Sandalwood:
Some wise man said: a good scent deserves to stand out alone. Referring to it’s legacy, we today present you a drink that puts the spirit and the syrup right into the middle. The Old Fashioned.
Remember the Days
5cl matured Rum (Solera, 23 years)
Take the pre-cooled tumbler and put on some lavender-spray-moisture. Put the rum and the syrup into a stir-glass and stir cold. Put some ice-chunk into the tumbler and strain it right into it. Cheers.
*For the syrup, we cook two liters o simple-syrup 1:1. The one liter we flavour with three drops of sandalwood-oil, the second liter we flavour with 3 drops of pachouli-oil. Lightly shake the bottle and blend the sirups at a ratio of 3:1 (sandalwood:patchouli)