Almost a half million acres are dedicated to the production of tobacco in India whose caliber is world renowned and exported globally. India boasts of some of the oldest manufacturers continuing to produce an incredible variety of tobacco and herbal snuffs, naswar, khaini, gul, makla and filter snus. The unique soil and climate render crops of the highest quality. What sets these products above the crowd is the hand-made and painstakingly arduous process of production. Tradition cannot be rushed. In some cases, the product is acquired from very remote areas and access is limited.
The allure of these snuffs is the gamut of traditional to exotic. There are some snuffs that will literally bring tears to your eyes while others will capture the essence of a cool floral evening in Goa. The array of textures of these products goes from sandy dry to sticky moist. The range of flavors is diverse and extends from the subtle aromas of rose water to the piquant of bird peppers. The Indian experience is novel if you have not tried it yet and, if you have, I suggest another stroll through the aisles in the marketplace; you are bound to discover additional candidates for your collection.
To begin your adventure, I suggest you start with a mild concoction that will acclimate your nasal passages for the more potent snuffs that might follow. Let us go for some morning snuff like Coffee Kick or Gold Rush. To continue the journey, I suggest we stop for a mid-day bump and try some Taj or Madras Toast. After being primed during the day, the evening is reserved for the brute force of Black or White. These are some of my favorites but be sure to peruse all available Indian snuffs. We also have some new items from Janta.