Hinoki also known as Japanese Cypress is todays choice of Nippon Kodo. Specifically, from their Ka-Fuh range.
The packaging is subtle and elegant but features lovely block coloring to easily differentiate between different scents in the range. Finished off with silver text detailing.
This incense range is unique as it features no smoke what so ever. The packaging actually states "Less smoke incense" but that’s a modest statement. There isn't the slightest whisper of smoke coming from the sticks and they have been burning for a good 15 minutes.
I for one do enjoy a nice smoky incense however I know that a common complaint is the level of smoke that comes with some incense brands. Well if you are one of those folks then you absolutely have to try the Ka-Fuh range. It’s quite bizarre seeing the stick burning down with nothing more than just the glowing of the embers, its beautiful. For those wondering how Nippon Kodo achieved this its due to the fact there is no bamboo core.
This incense is non nonsense. The only ingredient I am picking up is quite simply the spicy wood notes from the Hinoki. Which at the start of the burn was really quite spicy and sharp but as you get half way it eases down into a mellow wood base. Hinoki doesn’t smell like your typical wood based incense though. It’s very subtle and isn’t earthy or deep like you’d expect.
The Ka-Fuh range is budget friendly yet smells far more premium than the price tag suggests. I am a big fan of this range.