I did managed to go on a bit about kyara earlier, but I’ve been finding that the Vietnamese aloeswood sticks are just getting better and better every time I burn one to the point that I can see aloeswood being a gigantic part of my palette of scents in the near future. It has such a deep and powerful scent, so multifaceted that I notice different things about it every time.
[I’ve deleted the Ecclecstacy-specific links on this page as I can’t recommend them.]
It’s obvious to mention that aloeswood is a totally different type of incense from the Indian durbars and champas but I find them really complementary in terms of switching from one style to the other. Maybe the only potential casualty are my sandalwood incenses, which I love, but truly pale in comparison. While durbars are almost overwhelming in fragrance, aloeswood starts out “humble” and then proceeds to impress with various subscents. Even though the bamboo-less stick puts off less smoke, it’s as noticeable in other ways. Over the last couple days ago I’ve gotten minty hints from the #2 and #3 grades, occasional wafts of fine tea, as well as other hints I’m just starting to recognize. Of course the resinous nature that makes it so amazing is more prevalent with the more money you spend, none of these have that extraordinarily rich kyara scent the Shoyeido blends I mentioned earlier do, but they’re extremely fine incenses that I’m enjoying mostly because those Shoyeidos are toast and I’m waiting on a restock.
I also went for the high grade aloeswood box from Scented Mountain that Kerry commented on in an earlier post, so I hope to talk about that as well. If they are anywhere near as good as the three above at that price, I’m likely to be very happy.
Seriously, anyone remotely interested in incense reading this owes it to check some of these scents out, they’re like magick.