I asked Beth at Essence of the Ages for a few recommendations and one of them was this Nepalese Yog-Sadhana stick. I’m sure I’ll talk about the others later, but this one stands out to me in particular as being unlike anything else I’ve tried. They’re 8 1/2 inch sticks and put out quite a bit of smoke, but what a scent it is, somewhere between a clove/nutmeg sort of blend and a heavy resin note. The description says woody and cooling, although I don’t get the former so much as the latter, cooling is the perfect word for it. Clove often reminds people of the accompanying cigarettes, but here’s a nice clove content without that sort of distracting comparison.
And just another comment on the Kyukyodo Azusa, that is one extremely incredible incense, probably amazing me more than the Sho Ran Ko only as it’s so much more affordable. Will likely be a favorite for a long time, but again it’s about as highly recommended an incense at that price as I can name.
Coming soon, hopefully, a September top 10, a look into the full Nippon Kodo Yume No Yume (including one deleted item), New Morning Star and (brand new) Kohden lines, a couple of temple blends, a few color-coded Nitiraj Nag Champas, and a couple more Tibetans.