Nippon Kodo high end offer

Nippon Kodo are offering sampler packs of their higher end aloeswood lines, expiring on September 18th, although I don’t see a sampler pack for Tokusen Kyara Kayou, the highest end NK kyara I’ve seen for sale in the US. There’s also a small package of Kyara Taikan I haven’t seen before. This should be a neat opportunity to check out two scents that seem remarkably uncommon in the US and perhaps give us more of a taste of what NK can do with aloeswoods, as their company has always been light on the high enders here. The scents higher (in price and quality) than Kyara Taikan rarely ever make the boutique shops, so this will be one of your rare chances for a sample. The samples look to be in the same inner packaging the Yume no Yume series uses. As an example in price differential, the Gokuhin Kyara Taikan is about $0.413 per inch in the usual box where it’s about $0.792 per inch in the sampler.



  1. Bernd Sandner said,

    September 23, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Sorry, Jerry. Of course I am awaiting some words on your further experience, too! As well, as the experience of others, who did not write a comment yet.
    Thanks! Bernd

  2. Bernd Sandner said,

    September 23, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Hello to all of you

    last year I bought a box of the Kyara Taikan. Mike’s description of that hits the point, in my opinion. It is very sweet, thick, and certainly a quality incense, but not exactly, what I prefer in the Kyara category. So I burn it quite rarely.
    In spite of this, I was curious about the higher league, but dared not to try them, due to their price (here in Germany we cannot get a sampler of the high ends), and my experience with the Kyara Taikan.
    Ross, you do not seem to be too enthusiastic at the moment. It would be nice to hear more from you, when you get to know them better!
    Thank You!

  3. Mike said,

    September 22, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I ended up passing on the deal, so am avidly reading your comments!

  4. Ross said,

    September 21, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Hey Jerry
    Yes, mine came in Thursday. pretty interesting. At first they seemed very perfumed to me and at the same time some how “old style” in character, at least that seemed to be the vib i got. Tried them again last night and started to enjoy them more. Could be a major learning curve in these. They are very different from any other kyara’s i have tried like the Shoyeido, Minorin and such. Very differnt take and i can see that, at least for me, having to taste them on their own world. I would be really curious to get samples of the even higher end kyara’s that NK has. They go all the way up to about $2000 per roll. I suppose at that level they must be almost pure high grade kyara wood. Must be the equivalent of olfactory Revelation 🙂

  5. Jerry said,

    September 21, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Ross/(clairsight?) –have you tried the NK’s yet?

  6. Jerry said,

    September 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Hey Clair…I ordered one each of the samplers, they arrived within a week. I’ve had one “burn session” with each…hard to make any firm observations after just one try, but they were intense, and the difference between Tokusen and Gokuhin was more than I expected. Thin, thin sticks… had to burn 2 at once for full effect.

  7. clairsight said,

    September 19, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    OK, so who here has put in their order? Mine came inn the mail very fast ( but they are in CA and not that far away). I am curious how many went for this, I am pretty sure many have been curious but not wanting to fork out the money “scent unseen”. To me this is a very smart move on NK’s part. It would be great if they put a few of their other high-ends up like this.
    In Japan they are considered the #1 company ( I think, but this could be a translation mistake or that #1 equals largest, if not bestest 🙂

  8. Ross said,

    September 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the tip Mike, been hoping for something like this for quite awhile..

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