Transported from somewhere outside Jalalabad in Afghanistan to the border of Pakistan near Torkham by truck. It is then transported by another battered vehicle across Pakistan via Peshawar and Abbottabad crossing to Kashmir then, of all things, stuck on the back of donkeys to get it over the Pir Panjal range.
After traversing the mountains the beasts of burden follow a road where it is picked up by guys driving homemade trucks with converted generator engines. It is then dropped off at various village stores from the Jammu Kashmir district down to the Punjab.
From there a trader from Amritzar finds his way to the local market where our Indian contact picks it up and sells us a few tins. We managed to procure a few dozen tins of the stuff, but we are not sure if we will be able to get any more and if we do, it will be in erratic small quantities.
This is a naswar product, not your typical nasal snuff. It is moist and comes in a 'cake' form similar to makla.
I’ve tried many “ makla” type snuss and none of them compare to the actual makla brand as far as taste , how well it packs in your mouth or how hard it is on the gums . The afghan black is the second best I’ve tried . It comes nicely wrapped and compacted , almost looks like a brownie. There’s not much of a taste to it other than dirt ,is the best way to describe it . The nicotine hit is amazing and it doesn’t dry out as fast as other type of makla . My only complaint is that it tends to dissolve in your mouth which makes you spit a lot and it is a bit harsh on the gums compared to other brands. I definitely recommend it .
I have been on the search for Naswar Afghan chew sort of and this kind of looks like it but I never had Naswar and only seen pictures. This definitely is not really ideal to snuff in the nose but of ours I tried it and it had a nice burn with no scent. I have yet to pop a little piece into my lip. The only thing it is wet and dense so you get a very small compact brick about 1.2 inches x 1.2 and like quarter inch thick. But it is 15 grams. I think I would buy just one more to have as unopened for my collection but not for use. It’s just not for me but very neat to have around. If your curious and you happen to have some extra cash why not. I am giving it 4 Stars due to the high price for what it is.
This exact product is 22x cheaper on 6Photos website, There is no reason for a 2200% markup.
Massive nicotine hit! Definately a morning product to kick you into gear. I'll be back for mor!