Labrang Monastery Formula Incense Coils

This is a really good deal, 40 of what I called “medium sized” coils for about $13. They’re the type of coil you often see in China and southeast Asia, a format a lot of aloeswood incenses come in. The Labrang Monastery Formula Incense Coil feels like something of a hybrid between a woody coil and a Tibetan incense which makes them quite fascinating. I had originally not taken quite as much to the regular Labrang Monastery stick, but after surveying most of the Tibetan incenses at incenses-tradition.ca and realizing nearly all have them had some sort of latent learning curve of sorts, I figured maybe trying the coil out and circling around again might tip me off a little to what is going on here. For one thing these have a fairly noticeable aloeswood content, maybe even surprising given its price and also a note much more akin to aloeswood coils of the southeast than what you might find in an Agar 31 blend. That note tends to be mixed in with the sort of tangy notes I got from the Dhe Tsang Sacred Mountain incense. But there’s more going on because there is a sort of polished wood note you tend to find in the more evergreen sorts of incenses that sits right alongside the aloeswood. It’s got a bit of saltiness, a touch of resin in there somewhere and what feels like a bit of a cypress note. Honestly the more you sit with it, the more you notice. It’s also fairly low smoke for the style, in order to get some of it for a review I had to sit close which means there’s also something of a diffusion difference as well. Honestly this one seems quite a bit of a steal at this price, and it comes in somewhat unostentatious packaging almost as if someone gave you some incense in a tupperware container. Well worth checking out, especially because 40 coils of this length and slow burn are likely to really last you a while. Oh and yeah I did try the regular stick again and liked it much more this time around. Very common with monastery incenses.

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