News: Shroff Channabasappa, Vedic Vaani and others

So it appears there was some misunderstanding regarding the closure of Shroff Channabasappa and that the closure was actually temporary and COVID related (8 months). Ashok at Padma Store asked me to get out the message, but the company is very much alive, so we’re hoping to see more goodies from them. I have had a chance to check out the latest series of wet masalas through PS and they are all very good, maybe even a bit better than the final batch Essence of the Ages received before ending sales. So some very good news indeed! I am sure updated reviews on these will eventually show up here, although one might use previous reviews as a rough guide as you need to. Naturally these have all drifted a bit and one or two are actually completely different (the Saffron comes to mind), but we were not originally planning on reviewing these until the good news came across.

I accidentally ran across Vedic Vaani, which appears to be one of the largest Indian incense companies out there, based in Mumbai. They have an absolutely massive catalog of Indian incenses, they apparently ship to anywhere in the world in 3-5 business days, and for the most part it seems like with some exceptions, most of their incenses are minimum 100g boxes. They seem to range from something like $4-5 all the way to the high teens for 100g boxes, if you look in the masala range. I’m taking a quick test drive on some incenses to see if the service goes OK, so there may be hoards of things to discover in 2022 and after on the incense front here. But if you want to be a pioneer and check things out and then weigh in, you can do so here or when we get our VV review(s) up.

And I would be amiss not to mention some newer goodies we’re seeing at both our trusty stops at incense-traditions and Japan Incense. I will likely end up getting some reviews up eventually, but I really dug the Snow Mountain Gathers Incense, and the Sangdanli Temple Nunnery Incense and Sera Monastery seem quite nice as well on early takes. It’s worth noting that incense-traditions has opened up a whole new range of monastery loose incenses as well, and I of course grabbed the Wara Monastery. I seem to go through loose Tibetans much more slowly than other types, simply because they all seem like they’re better on charcoal than on a heater and I rarely use charcoals anymore, but would probably need to to fairly cover them. I still have old batches of the original Highland loose, an older Samye Monastery batch and a Medicine King or Mindroling one in a drawer somewhere. They tend to be dry but very aromatic.

Also worth popping over to check out Japan Incense’s New Products section. Notable are a couple more in the Kunjudo Kan Ken Koh series, this rather savory Koyasan Daishido Star Anise incense, both affordable and a bit different, and a trio of what appear to be new Baieido Ensei incenses. I either have some of these to review or they’re on the way. But there are a lot more goodies that have come in in recent months to try.

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11 Comments

  1. cedricwood said,

    February 19, 2022 at 6:17 am

    hi ! i can say “Mysore Vedic Sandal King” is not the same incense of “temple of incense” , vedic vaani is good seller , 3 days for have my order (i m in france) . they said to me that is not al natural incense but have aromatic chemical. i have a story about buy incense from indian sellers. I made ,years ago, an order to padmastore of vinason incense , after in see in vinason web site that incense is 4 times cheaper ! so i said to ashok that in cancel my order , he explain to me the price ( import,taxes etc.) and he don’t make money with incense. so i made order to vinason , lot of incense, little price ,i was happy…but , with taxes , customs etc) at the end , the price was the same…so now , i buy to ashok …lol

  2. Essez said,

    February 9, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Hi
    I’m from India and I have tried some of VV’s incense.
    To be honest, I don’t think they manufacture all that incense in-house. I have some reason to believe at least some of it is repacked.
    Secondly, they have a line of incense that come in round tubes, for example, Saffron Rose or Exotic Oudh. They are way too strong even for Indian incense, to the point of suffocation.
    That being said, some of their products sound quite unique and interesting. I’m excited to try those and eagerly waiting to see which ones you review.

    • Mike said,

      February 9, 2022 at 7:14 am

      Hi Essez. The ones in the tubes appear to be in their perfumed line, so I can imagine those are probably ones to avoid for sure. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they have a contracting arrangement with several manufacturers and I would guess with as many incenses as they carry there may be some great variation in quality as well. It definitely appears their logo is on every box I checked. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Khalid said,

    February 8, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Intrigued by Vedic Vaani! I wonder if sticks like “Mysore Vedic Sandal King” and “Oud Masala” are the same as their Happy Hari or TOI counterparts. It’s silly to attempt to guess what a stick smells like by staring at a photo of it, but it’s what I’m doing right now, hah.

    • Mike said,

      February 8, 2022 at 7:39 am

      Yeah we are not sure yet and to be honest I’m probably less likely to order anything I might think is the same incense I can get from a western seller as I’m both more interested in trying some new things if I can and still want to support the western sellers. So it’s unlikely we will confirm if any of the incenses are the same and we’d still encourage readers to support places like Absolute Bliss and Temple of Incense. So I think we may have a policy here similar to what we have with Japanese incense that we’re only going to review incenses you can get from India etc, if they are not carried through a western seller.

    • scandojazz said,

      February 8, 2022 at 8:49 am

      Khalid, I’ll know in a few days what some of the VV sticks are like and if they are the same scents as some western sellers have private labeled. I’ll try to post my thoughts, then. VV has told me that all their masalas contain halmaddi, some more than others. That should be fairly easy to tell after burning some sticks. So, let’s hope Indian EMS can get them to me quickly.

      • Mike said,

        February 8, 2022 at 8:57 am

        Hey write me about this before posting anything like this, there are some issues we want to avoid. Thanks!

        • Khalid said,

          February 8, 2022 at 12:39 pm

          Sorry about that Mike, I didn’t consider that aspect of it. I’m in Africa so I pretty much buy from any seller who’ll ship here, but I understand you want to support the sellers in the regions where most of your readership are. I’ll avoid comments like that in the future!

          • Mike said,

            February 8, 2022 at 1:05 pm

            Oh no worries Khalid, nothing you would have known at all, and I think we’re all looking for good incense in the same spirit, there’s just been some things behind the scene I want to deal with fairly. I think if Indian incense sellers are starting to pop up on line more, it could very well change the marketplace a little for Western sellers who contract with them, so we just want to be conscious of this moving forward.

  4. drummagick said,

    February 2, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Oh this is the best news! I google searched Padma Store and got a Facebook and an Instagram, is there a website?


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