Nippon Kodo / Kurobo Nerikoh

Today I decided to open up my container of Nippon Kodo‘s “Kurobo” Nerikoh and give it a review. Upon first impressions I am confronted with a sweet, woody and spicy mix of scents, straight from the package. It is slated as having aloes wood and sandalwood, while its name is a phrase meaning “Black Priest” in Japanese. I was initially confronted with a base note of a salty/bitter aloes wood scent, alongside cassia and clove and a sweet floral smell I was unable to identify. I also noticed a slight undertone of a soapy smell (barely noticeable, similar to bar soap). After the initial burn in on charcoal in a traditional koro, (and slight heat increase), the overtones faded to a more woody, bitter aloes wood, and the sweetness tapered off. In my personal opinion, I liked this blend a tad more than the previously reviewed Hatsune, And believe that it will appeal to almost anyone, especially those who love sweet woods.

-John

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2 Comments

  1. greg said,

    April 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    just like in the U.S. we can’t get real clotted cream – when in europe, i make a detour to the UK just to indulge in the nutty unctuousness of clotted cream and properly “affinaged” Stilton – heavenly!!

  2. Barry said,

    April 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It’s so frustrating reading all these wonderful reviews for incense that we can’t get in the UK.


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