Indeed the semi-wet masala line by Shroff are major slow burners. Last night the lion’s share of the incense sampling night was taken up by that line’s Jungle Prince. Jungle Prince is a lot like taking one of the Shroff florals and upgrading it to more of a durbar style. Again I’m probably going to have trouble describing many of these for a while, they’re all unique perfumes probably containing dozens of unknown elements for me. This one’s exotic and sweet, but very very nice, the best of the few I’ve sampled so far.
Tried the Shechen Red. I think it might be the first Nepalese incense I’ve tried that has a noticeable musk side to it. Seems like it will be a good one for sure and very affordable. Hard to explain though, kind of dry with some unique tones and the usual evergreen mix, just at a generally better level than most Nepalis.
I sampled two Purelands incenses and have to agree with commenters on here that they’re just beautifully done. The Rose and Saffron is to die for with a great rose oil, a higher than normal saffron presence for an incense and probably due to the combo something of a red, hot and spicy feel to it. This one took me back to my earliest incense days, utterly gorgeous in every way. I love how utterly fresh and potent these are.
The Rasa Leela – also gorgeous and was very reminiscent but not quite identical to the old Mystic Temple Reservoir of Pleasure stick for the common reason that it does have quite as much halmaddi as it use to. The halmaddi use to make the sticks a bit thicker and gooier. But everything else is the same, the stick color and general aroma, I’m really glad to have this mix of honey, cocoa and floral back, it’s just a great incense stick. Both of these are going on the Indian Hall of Fame list.
Finally I put a bit of Mermade’s Babylon on the vaporizer. I have to admit I’m really loving the vaporizer tool, I can get resin blend scent with a minimum of fuss. I think Ross reported on this one a while back but it was a nice combo of woods and resins, in fact I seem to remember something very myrrh-ish about this one. And I was surprised to find that it was really smoky on the vaporizer, perhaps the wood content?
Also burned a fragment of a stick not available in the US as I know of, in fact we’re generally pretty hesistant to review incenses that we can’t give you a source for, but I suppose referencing it here wouldn’t hurt, an incense called Khangdru that is distributed through Zambala, apparently incorrectly considered a Samye Monastery incense. It’s very unusual, I almost didn’t like it at first but it’s really grown on me, definitely a high end Tibetan with the usual ingredients but with something of an insular, woody and bizarre aroma to it. Not quite as challenging as, say, Dzongsar, but a little less friendly than the usuals.