Nippon Kodo / Hatsune Nerikoh

Howdy!
Today I will be reviewing Nippon Kodo’s “Hatsune” Nerikoh. This kneaded blend tends to be a strong, syrupy sweet mix. I ordered a ceramic container of this, and was pleasantly surprised when I received it. It is slated as having aloeswood and sandalwood, while its name is a phrase meaning “the first bird warbles of spring” in japanese. Although slated as having aloeswood in the ingredients, I was initially confronted with overtones/base note of sweet apricot, with a background note of talcum powder and sandalwood. After the initial burn in on charcoal in a traditional koro, (and slight heat increase), the overtones faded to a more woody, sweet and bitter sandalwood, and the apricot faded into the background. Overall I believe this to be a very approachable nerikoh that will definitely appeal to those who love sweet incense.

-John

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2 Comments

  1. March 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Charcoal and ash, the traditional method. I cant afford a heater atm.

  2. Marian said,

    March 25, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Hi, John,
    Thanks for the description- I’ve never tried any of Nippon Kodo’s kneaded incense. How did you burn it? Just wondering what works for you 🙂


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