It’s been a while since I've reviewed some traditional Japanese incense and after a chat with www.zenminded.uk they suggested I tried some Baieido - Kaiunkoh. I love discovering new incense and although it wasn't a box I had previously noticed I was more than happy to listen to their advice.
Let’s start with the packaging.
The box is beautiful. The color scheme is combination of cream, brown and finished with gold text detailing. It’s simple but strikes me as being high end and inviting. The box is also textured to give the impression of wood being used.
Once you open up; The sticks are bound by gold seals with lovely text placement and surrounded by a Baieido semi clear wrap. It’s clear the attention to detail is fantastic here.
Let’s get down to business. Smelling the unburnt sticks, I am picking up a lot of spice. It’s a unique scent unlike any incense I currently own. I do already own a couple boxes from the Baieido brand and new to expect a deep, musky scent as I've heard it’s their area of expertise.
The spicy scent if I am being honest isn't my favorite however as we've seen many times before once incense is burnt you often get treated to notes that you couldn't pick up previously.
I’ve let the stick burn half way down before continuing with my review and it was worth doing. As expected the vibe has changed substantially. Although the spice is still apparent with the stick lit you can now pick up the beautiful Agarwood easier.
The scent overall is wood based with a dash of spice. It’s an exciting blend which is deep but also soothing. The light smoke dances away in the wind, offering a gentle melody of Vietnamese Agarwood, Indian Sandalwood, Clove and Chinese Spices.
The smoke is on the gentle side but the scent is prominent. It’s a great balance and overall makes for a delightfully unique combination. I am a fan of this one.