Wow! Kirschwasser or some similar natural smelling cherry (this has a disctinct almond or cherry pit scent) with a strong menthol. But here is the kicker: I also smell some subtle spice, which may be the type of tobacco used. This has a finer grind than the usual schmalzer. Tthe tobacco is fairly dark as per a brazilian tobacco and the nicotine is a hair past medium. This is really, really good. If you like zwiefacher (chapstick) or magic moments (strawberry) this will be right up your alley. This reminds me somewhat of a non-floral version of Gawith Hoggarth's Almond snuff, and is a good replacement for that discontinued masterpiece.