I find it surprisingly uncommon to run across Japanese incense sticks of any fashion that contain a noticeable amber content. Ross reported on one a few days ago, and while I’m sure that there’s a number that use it as a “spice” in terms of the “secret” parts of the recipe, it’s very rare indeed to find it as a noticeable part of an incense’s base, especially odd when you consider how prevalent it is in Indian and Tibetan styles.
Keigado’s Full Moon is basically in the common, green sandalwood style, except that the strong presence of amber really sets it apart. It reminds me a little of the Gyokushodo blend Hanabishi in that it starts with a slightly sweeter sandalwood base; however, the powdery, almost royal amber base helps to create a very different incense. It adds up to a rather wonderful low end and affordable blend that comes as a long stick or small box. And particularly with 50 sticks for $2.50, you’re getting quite the bargain here.