Kyarazen-san! Ten thousand thanks for your generous Dharma gift of incense! I look forward to many peaceful and insightful meditation sessions, scented and deepened by your gifts! I regret that I have little of such value to offer in return.
I broke off about an inch (25 mm) of the thickish, square Sanjusangendo stick I received and smelled it. The unlit incense smelled, to my barbaric, untutored nose on this day, rather bitter-sweet, like anise or black licorice. The burning stick carried this note through, but then added a deeper, warmer element that reminded me of vanilla, tonka bean, and bitter almonds. I definitely look forward to burning this again, and comparing it with the other incenses I now have!