let me duplicate my post from oud lover group to here so that it will be easier for information to be found..
most kyara incenses can be divided into two to three categories,
1) pure scent types - where the kyara is allowed to shine on its own, with a tad of musk or similar to carry it
2) blended scent types - where the kyara is blended with some aloeswood, herbs etc, and occasionally if one is not familiar with the kyara notes, can get lost in the cacophony of smells..
within the blended scent types, you can sub divide it down to traditional blends, and modern blends.
for pure kyara smells, you can consider
1) Gyokushodo en-no-sho (green oil kyara! yumz.. even the stick before burning smells.. delicious), contains musk.
2) shoyeido shokaku (a bit too stoic, poised, it doesnt approach with power, just staying there in a dignified way..not my favourite)
3) yamadamatsu pure kyara stick (no longer made)
4) kunjudo tenpo kyara
5) seijudo kyara seiran, kyara horen, kyara enju (all lovely kyara sticks with enju being green oil kyara, all containing musk, all my favourites too! ).
for blended kyara
1) nippon kodo kyara taikan - modern (its very clean an incense, but it softens and feminizes the "kyara"/"aloes" quite a bit, the aloeswood content tends to overpower any kyara note peeking through
2) nippon kodo kyara kongo - modern (very perfumy.. powdery... the kyara note is muted)
3) kunmeido tokusen kyara tenpyo - traditional (kyara notes carried with a deep bold blend of herbs.. it gives an atmosphere of cleansing and peace)
4) kunmeido kyara tenpyo - traditional (using lower grade kyara and lesser kyara, but similar herb blend as above)
5) baiedo koh-shiboku - traditional (a 9 herb kokonoe blend with kyara inside, but i seriously some how do not like the 9 herb blend.. so it killed my appetite for the kyara inside) there are a lot of people whom enjoy this incense though. the kyara notes do punctuate the air once in a while, but the herbs creating a "mist" so its not a clear distinction
6) minorien kyara - vetiver oil and agarwood oil coated, low burning temperature, deep foresty, dark, damp notes carrying the kyara
7) minorien kyara ryugen - similar to above, but has a higher kyara content, burns very much more cleanly (there is one grade higher than this but its only for domestic market)
8) shoyeido myoho (traditional) - lovely blend of kyara and sweet aloeswood! i love this incense a lot too! when burning you get one whiff of kyara.. and one whiff of aloes.. one whiff of kyara.. one whiff of aloes..
9) yamada-matsu's houjoukoh tokusen, gokuhin (traditional) - lovely mix! acquired taste, but it shows the mastery of the incense blender in this.. very well balanced, kyara notes supported lightly by floating herb and spice mixtures.. with a tinge of musk and borneol..
i'm almost tempted to recommend shoyeido's horin tenpyo here, but there's no mention of it containing any kyara at all in japanese sources, only jinkoh/aloeswood.. so its out of this list..
so far these are my own experiences with these incenses that i've burnt for myself.. and my humble recommendations.
in terms of economical pricing.. i may suggest that if you like minorien's kyara, go with it as its one of the cheaper kyara sticks around.. everything that contains kyara.. and able to present a clear kyara note is expensive..