Minorien Daijyoukoh & Kanzeon Aloeswoods Blends

It has been a while since we have seen anything new from Minorien so I am sure these two Aloeswoods blends will make a lot of people happy, and not just because they are new. Neither of them is dependent on the “Wet” scent that became something of a signature quality with Minorien incense. They are not yet listed on Japanincense.com’s website but I believe they will be listed after the current NYC Gift Show is over and Kotaro and Jay get back, perhaps next weekend.

Daijyoukoh is a dark colored stick which seems to use very good Aloeswoods as a base with a very complex and layered mixture of spices and herbs for the middle and top notes. There is an almost bitter yet smooth quality to this scent which has also been intermixed with a very subtle chocolate note. This is a very complex and intriguing mixture of scents that can smell very different throughout the day, depending on what you might have been smelling moments before. I find this one to be complex, somewhat austere and in general a positive addition to anyone’s collection. The chocolate note alone, even though it is not a strong one, would and will make this a keeper for me.

Kanzeon is a medium brown or tan in color and also uses quality Aloeswoods as a base. It uses a tiny amount of the wet notes in the mix, more as a highlight or shading rather then as a major expression. This is a very complex scent, sometimes there can seem to be a very light floral note up near the top that as soon as one tries to focus on it seemingly vanishes. There is an over all fresh quality in the play of the different notes, upbeat and very clean. This one would also be a great addition to anyone’s collection as it is different enough from anything else I have sampled to warrant a buy.

Either of these would be great for meditation or to simply scent a room, they are both very well done and I have to think that Minorien put in a lot of time on getting these just right.

There is also rumor that three granulated or loose mix incenses from Minorien are coming in, I have not personally seen these yet but I am pretty excited at the prospect.. I will be posting links to all these as soon as they are up.

Hopefully this week I will be reviewing a new grouping of scents from KohShi called “Seasons” (I have sampled some of these and they are quite good) and two new ones from Daihatsu, a visually stunning Sandalwood (purple with real gold flecks) as well as an Aloeswoods blend.

-Ross

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6 Comments

  1. apsara said,

    September 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I just tried the Minorien Aloeswood, I guess it’s what you call their “classic”, in the flat brown box, and like it a lot. It’s quite affordable.

    Have not tried the blends that are reviewed here.

  2. Alex said,

    February 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, this is really exciting. I’d love to get my hands on these whenever I put in my next order. Do you have idea of what they’ll be priced at?

    • clairsight said,

      February 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Not yet, figure not till the end of the week. Which is not that far away 🙂

      • Alex said,

        February 2, 2011 at 8:07 am

        Haha very true. Hoping they’ll get a couple of those new Gyokushodos restocked as well.

  3. Masha said,

    January 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I have all 4 Minoriens and wouldn’t want to be without any of them. Can’t wait to try these, I’ll probably buy them unsniffed….

    • Ross Urrere said,

      January 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      I actually like these more then their classics.


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