To me, green tea (as in the drink) doesn’t really smell of anything - so until a few months ago, I had never burnt a green tea scented incense stick. What a fool I was.
The first green tea incense a burnt was a stick from Nippon Kodo’s ‘Morning Star’ range, which as lovely as it is, can sometimes be a bit strong. As a result of this, I wasn’t sure I was ready for nearly an hours burn time of Kuumba Green Tea, but I was pleasantly surprised by the experience I had with it.
As I’m sure you’ve realised by now, burning incense has become a bit of a ritual for me. So, as per usual, I started my ritual with (you guessed it) a cup of green tea. Temple of Heaven Special Chinese Gunpowder Tea to be precise.
Out of the packet, the sticks smell fresh and zesty, almost good enough to lick. I knew straight away that I was in for something a little different to what I expected.
Once lit, it didn’t take long for that familiar green tea scent to burst through. It was quite strong at first. It wasn’t at all complex, but it was familiar, and like a lot of Kuumba’s incense, as it burns, what your nose picks up changes. It mellowed down quite a bit and as the smoke engulfed the room, I picked up some sharp, zesty notes. It’s not a citrusy scent by any stretch of the imagination, but I could definitely pick up hints of lemon, which was really nice.
Overall I was very happy with Green Tea and can now understand why so many people like it. It’s very simple yet packs enough punch for it not to be boring. It has all the familiar aromas one would expect from a Green Tea flavoured stick, but also throws you a few curve balls with the zesty lemony hit. I’m really happy with it and it will be a pack that will hold its place in my regular burning rotation.
One thing I did notice is that for a scent that is quite clean and mellow, it produced quite a bit of smoke, which I liked. I always find that the musky, earthy scents tend to produce a lot more smoke. The smoke from Green Tea filled the room nicely.
If you’re after a scent that you can go back to time and time again, then Green Tea is one for you.
Scent: Zesty, Lemon, Fresh