Baieido has introduced a new incense in their Meditation or Woods line up called Tobiume. I got the 60 stick small box about a week ago and have been slowly working my way into it. It is somewhat reminiscent of Syukohkoku in that there seems to be a similar spice/herb/resin mix but it is paired with a different Aloeswood then the Syukohkoku, in this case from Indonesian sources. I found this to be a very grounding and meditative mix, strong and one that can seemingly change scents from stick to stick. Really it depends what other scents are in the room and, I believe, aromatic fatigue could play a huge role with this one. I have found both vanilla and chocolate(not huge, but there) notes as well as what I considered a very Chinese herb like mix. There are no oils in this blend, but there certainly very high quality ingredients, which is something that makes this company so good.
I find it very interesting and like so many of Baieido’s incenses, with a long learning curve. Which to me means a long term relationship! I think many people will find this more approachable then Syukohkoku. It comes across a little lighter but with all the levels going for it. It is priced very reasonably and hey, Christmas is coming and you could get yourself a present.
I also noticed at Baieido’s blog that there is mention of a Mint based incense that has been released in Japan. A little something to look forward to from what is to my way of thinking is one of the very best incense companies around.