Your TOP 10 Favorite Japanese Incenses?
Top 10 out of the 30 or so of various incenses i have tried so far:
Shoyeido - Sho-Kaku / Translucent Path
Shoyeido - Go-Un / Five Clouds
Minorien Fu-In / Sandalwood
Minorien Fu-In / Kyara Ryugen
Minorien Fu-In / Kyara
Minorien Fu-In / Aloeswood
Yamadamatsu - Kumoi
Yamadamatsu - Saiun
Yamadamatsu - Shikun
Yamadamatsu - Suifu Gokuhin
that is some premium ones you have there.
i'm an avid collector of japanese incense, particularly that from various japanese temples as well.
my favourites are not too expensive, not necessary "kyara" containing, in no particular order of preference
Baieido's Syukohkoku (normal not the tokusen one), this incense weaves in and out with a harmonious balance of various spices and woods
Gyukushodo Kage-nosho, fleeting, cool like a cool breeze in a hot day
Shoyeido Horin Horikawa (this is my regular/daily burn), and it should be on the "must try list" of sandalwood lovers. rich, intense, floral, punctuates the surrounding with penetrating clarity
minorian's fifth form, utmost purity in all elements, rich and humble, clean and pure
yamada matsu gokuhin houjoukoh - light musky kyara accentuated by borneol and various herb/spices used
shoyeido myoho, a yin and yang balance, a wave of luxurious kyara with a dry weave of sweet vietnamese aloeswood, this incense provides ever changing contrast, like how yin and yang cycles endlessly.
Any big scent difference between Baieido's Syukohkoku -&- Baieido's Syukohkoku Tokusen
yes! its a very discernable difference.
the tokusen uses a different type of aloeswood although still vietnamese
the normal syukohkoku smells sweet, sour, occasional bit of spice evolving into a benzoin note with a very mild woodyness
the tokusen syukohkoku is more dignified, no sourness, a bitter sweetness, lightly spicy, less expressive than the normal.
i bought large boxes of both at a point of time and the normal syukohkoku is probably half a box left.. whilst the tokusen's still quite full :P
What do you think of the Yamadamatsu incenses? if you haven't tried them,i would definitely give them a go they have a sampler they made up for me awhile back:
If you try them,please share your thoughts :-)
i believe yamada matsu to be excellent, at least the woods they have are excellent.
i've tried only the houjoukoh both normal and gokuhin, i prefer the gokuhin as it was transcendental, transparent and a rich balance. the normal houjoukoh had good aloeswood and kyara but was a little dry.
have not tried their sumatora and manaban incense but it would be interesting. have you tried these? what are your experiences?
I like both very much they are a raw yet refined at the same time, one is more tart & sharper than the other just forget which one,they are ALL fantastic and i love everyone from the larger sampler except hyofu maybe i need to give that one another go. Im very impressed with Yamadamatsu and think they are up there with Shoyeido & Baieido. If not better IMHO Yamadamatsu Houjoh Pheonix selects are very nice too ;-)
Here is the Yamadamatsu page
i'm not a big fan of baieido's higher end incense though.
i have the 60 stick boxes of Kokonoe, Kunsho, Koh-En, Horyu, and have gone through probably 3-4 sticks each.. with 90% left..
similar to the jinkoya series's sandalwood kokonoe which i have a box as well... probably my nose.. not taking too much liking to their particular "spice/herb" blend with the aloeswoods.
koh-shiboku was fine as the kyara was able to surface above the spice/herb blend.. but not the aloeswoods series for me
like the pics :-)
how is Nippon Kodo's Kyara Kongo? also do you like Kai un Koh by Baieido?