Shroff Channabasappa / Dry Masala / Masala, Mysore Dashang, Nagarmotha, Nargis Natural, Nine Flowers

Shroff Channabasappa Part 1
Shroff Channabasappa Part 2
Shroff Channabasappa Part 3
Shroff Channabasappa Part 4
Shroff Channabasappa Part 5
Shroff Channabasappa Part 6
Shroff Channabasappa Part 7
Shroff Channabasappa Part 8
Shroff Channabasappa Part 9
Shroff Channabasappa Part 10
Shroff Channabasappa Part 11
Shroff Channabasappa Part 12
Shroff Channabasappa Part 13
Shroff Channabasappa Part 14

This group continues looking at the dry masalas from recent Shroff batches that started in Part 14.

The Masala is not very different at all from Kapoor Kacheri (is calling an incense Masala mean this is like a generic?) and especially from Natural Masala of which this seems a variant. It’s a mixture of cheap scented burning woods and leaves, mixed with a slight bit of sweetness. Like a lot of incenses in this group, its main feature is just being boring, Woody masalas of this quality are likely to do little more than irritate your sinuses.

Once again, the Mysore Dashang is a highly dry, woddy masala style, but at least in this case there’s a move to create a more distinct aroma out of it. It’s not a great one, it still kind of has the harvesty quality of burning leaves, but at least here the sandalwood is a touch sweet so the overall stick isn’t as harsh as some of the others in this group. Overall it seems a waste of time and money when you compare this to the wet masalas.

The Nagarmotha has a light, grassy aroma that smells like a quality brush fire. Like so many incenses in this batch, this has cheap wood and a tedious base. All of these tend to run together after a while, even after a half to a dozen sticks there doesn’t appear to be anything to lift these above almost any of the other incenses the company creates.

The Nargis Natural is unnecessary, really, with the much more distinct 1931 scent available. This is similar in style to the Rose Natural, with a gentle floral scent buried in a sandalwood/cheap wood/benzoin mix. Like the others, this is kind of harsh, but at least you do get an idea of the flower scent. But again, very fair overall.

The Nine Flowers came in the same batch as the Bakhoor and Paris Beauty, along with the wet masalas. Like its name it contains a combination of florals that ends up scented like pink valentine candies. However one might expect the word “Natural” here similar to the Rose Natural and Nargis Natural as like those this is a wood based floral that’s really not the best way to portray gentle floral scents. However, of this group this is marginally the best.

Paris Beauty, Rose, Sachet, White and Woods up next installment.

1 Comment

  1. C.J. said,

    December 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I prefer the Nargis Natural to the oily Nargis 1931. It DOES smell more “Natural”, with floral and woody hints, as opposed to the charcoal and oil.

    *****A CAUTION here on the Dashang and Masala styles–these are best left lit in the home when one is doing something else, to then be able to enjoy the subtle scents as they premeate the area! NOT to be used after a lot of heavy perfume oils!!!

    I want to stress that I HAVE indeed scented these, including Mysore Dashang and Kapoor Kacheri. And I most emphatically have NOT smelled “Cheap Wood”. Mysore Dashang smelled like “camp fire” when I sniffed it directly after lighting. Thankfully, I set it on the mantle, and went into another room to do some work. About 15 minutes later I noticed the hint of a most enticing woody aroma…What in the wild world of sports!!!–on getting closer to the living room where I’d left the stick burning, I noticed the most AMAZING armona! Subtle, YES. I would place it along side some of the finer Japanese and Tibetans–without the harshness!

    As for the maligned Kapoor Kacheri, I ~definately~ smell vetivert, and possibly patchouli, as well as balancing woods. I do _not_ find these to be “cheap”, merely bitter and dry in character (like Shroff’s vetivert and patchouli)–the difference between gewurtztraminer and chardonnay, Robust Merlot and Pinot Noir (wine people, help me!). **Perhaps “bitter” and “dry” are unique, unexplored categories we need to herald.**

    Definately DO NOT judge the incense powder/dashangs on a FULL NOSE! These are so much subtler than the Tibetans, so different from Japanese or oils. They really deserve the patient respect of the learning curve we’ve so often ascribed to other sticks. From experience and patient consideration, THEY ARE NOT CHEAP JUNK. I love you all, but something has gone amiss here. It is not an accident that these “dry” and “bitter” sticks are here in such variety!

    **Let us learn from them with patient consideration.** I will admit that some, Kapoor Kacheri among them, are a shock at first…to paraphrase, “light one and let go”. Give it time, on a day you aren’t burning sweet or perfumed stuff. Our nose knows, but it needs the correct environment.

    These scents take some getting used to, but it is not an insurmountable task! Patience is the key. They CANNOT be compared to perfumes, they are COMPLETELY different animals! I have a funny feeling these are closer to TRUE old Indian scents than many others.


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