Shorindo / Chabana Tea Flower

Shorindo’s Chabana Tea Flower is a smokeless incense roughly in the same vein as other green tea incenses or Baieido’s Izumi. Incenses like these tend to be oil based using a form of charcoal for the delivery and such a style isn’t usually successful to my nose, although the charcoal used by Japanese companies is far superior to that used in cheap, bamboo stick punks. Chabana combines both tea and flower scents to approach the sort of fresh and cleaning smell you might find with Izumi. If you’ve been into new age stores you might have seen the Moldavite charcoal incense, which is a style based around some sort of meteor rock with fabled effects. Chabana resembles it quite a bit in scent, but without any sort of chakra stimulation or third eye opening involved.

The aroma’s a little too gentle and floral for the delivery method, meaning that the subtleties of the scent are as likely to get lost in the burn. Of the few sticks I burned, maybe half of one of them revealed the best aspects of the scent, the oil alone which is fresh and cleansing, but like with many charcoal incenses, I’m left wondering what the oil alone would smell like. And while this is similar to Baieido’s charcoal incenses in style, it’s not quite up to that level of subtlety in the aroma. I tend to like my green tea a little electric in terms of getting the full smell out of it, here it’s only one of a number of notes whose overall bouquet is a little difficult to pinpoint.

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3 Comments

  1. Mike said,

    June 5, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Thanks so much for the extra information Kotaro.

  2. Kotaro said,

    June 5, 2008 at 8:33 am

    “Chabana, the simple but elegant style of flower arranging for Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, has deep roots in the more formalized Ikebana style of flower arranging which is firmly seated in both Shintoism and Buddhism. Cha literally means tea and bana is taken from the word hana or flower.”

    http://www.chanoyu.com/WhatisChabana.html

  3. Kohdude said,

    June 4, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I received a sample from E.O.A. a while back.This is definately not my style of incense.My roommates liked it though.Then again they like any sticks I give them. Thank You………………..Kohdude


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