Ga’re Tibetan Incense Factory / Ga’re Therapeutic Tibetan Incense

You really have to classify Ga’re Therapeutic Incense in a similar category as TMC’s Holy Land or TPN’s Nectar. In fact the box dimensions, size and color for and of the incense are very similar to that of Nectar. Ga’re shares with both incenses a musky and salty, deep sort of aroma that is definitely a favorite area of mine. Yes, there is some fair overlap with the incenses I just compared it to and so if you’re new you might want to start with the others first. But this is actually even a little more affordable than those. This whole class of incense is still one of the best buys you can find price to quality level.

Now it’s hard to really say how much it differs from the others. I will note that the color of the stick in the incense-traditions.ca picture is a bit browner than the red stick I’m looking at, which seems to be quite a bit different than maybe a photo lighting difference might cause. It’s also not uncommon for recipe or ingredients shifts to cause this sort of change. It’s probably closest to Holy Land Grade 2 in scent. It doesn’t really have the floral overtones of Nectar or the complexity level of the Grade 1 Holy Land. Ga’re has a gigantic musk hit that’s the equivalent or better of any of these, a very powerful top note, and it is of course mixed in with that almost salty, pistachio like aroma I’ve mentioned in reviews of all these other incenses. The differences might be that it’s a touch woodier or evergreen than the others. Just a very light touch of campfire in the burn that I would guess could be juniper wood. There’s probably some saffron in here too. And like a lot of incenses, leaving the room and coming back show another more subtle note not as noticeable if you’re near the burning stick, something a bit more resinous and additional. It’s actually a feature of a lot of the best Tibetans, almost like the crescendo of a chorale. Like with other incenses in this class, it packs a lot of flavor to it and the more I burn it the more I notice. I’m sure Holy Land and Nectar fans will want to check it out as something of a variant of the style. I am even hesitant to say more as this feels like it could be a sleeper favorite and wonder what I might have felt like I had I encountered this first and the others next.

1 Comment

  1. scandojazz said,

    December 14, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Reading Mike’s description of Ga’re has me scratching my head wondering why I don’t smell all the wonderful things he’s talking about. The dry stick smells like barnyard. Lit, smoky and strong, woody with some subtle campfire overtones of juniper. The complexity remains at the base and never really shows any florals or perfumed scent. This is not a recipe to sit and enjoy the luscious fragrance as one would get from an Indian incense. The medicinal aspects of the stick outweigh any aesthetics and this would make the stick inaccessible for the casual sniffer. For me, Tibetan incense is really made for ritual, be it health, or religious offering. It is not a pleasing aroma for those looking at enjoying an exotic aroma casually. The closest Himalayan stick I’ve found to being ‘enjoyable’ is the Nado Grade 1’. An acquired taste to put it mildly. The Ga’re may be more interesting for some than the TPN or Holy Land but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.


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