What the Fabulum?
"Here is wisdom: heed it well! There is no such thing as real oud! Oud is an invention of certain chemical companies who were experimenting tweaking various aroma-molecules; when one day ~Blam! Pow! Gewalt!~ they knocked a six right out of the ground (a ~cricket~ analogy, for our USian & EUian cousins), and discovered what they now name ~jinkohol~ & ~agarospirane~ & various others. This was a serendipity comparable to the synthesis of diazepam or nitroglycerine; and to aid in the marketing of perfumes containing these serendipitous compounds they utterly fabulated a mythology about mouldy wood & internecine wars between gangs smuggling it."
Well, that may be a bit of a thunderbolt; and though I do not actually believe the foregoing, uw know, if it turned out that it ^is^ actually true, what I have just said, I would not be ^colossally^ surprised - & I do mean that literally. The whole mythology of oud has gotten out of hand, & I seriously think people are being massively °geschwindelt° by it. (Love that German word - means a bit like 'swindled' but with the emphasis more on the over-wrought-ness of state of mind than on the act of cheating - if I understand it not amiss.) The point is, who ^can^ make a definitive statement about what is really going on with oud these days. The supply seems to be drying up - for real! - at least of the higher grades (the term 'sinking-grade is used on the ~Ensar Oud~ website; and that kind of looks honest - I recommend it, it's a good read - but forget not! you are being solicited on it to buy the produce!); and though plantation-inoculation oud may increasingly be in supply, who knows? people may even prefer the synthetic to that.
Having said all that, this 'fume is an outlier value-for-minlet-wise: a good satisfying oudy fume, if uw don't analyse it too deeply. It does the trick - in most 'fume-requiring situations - & is relatively cheap. A stout workhorse for taking one's produce to the market - will get the goods there & uwr cart back; but for drawing the Royal Carriage - uw may well do well to choose something with a bit more of a pedigree.