I'm going to go out on a limb and call it without a shred of direct evidence: methyl salicylate.
Not a big fan of wintergreen, nor have I ever been, except for years of dipping. Not even as a kid. Still hate the taste of Pepto Bismol.
So my first pinch of Krishan Sudama - one of an assortment in the 6 Photo mystery box - was a tad surprising. I've become a big fan of the Indian mentholated snuffs, but this one's unique.
You might say it's Cheeta's quiet and unassuming brother. Same color, same fine grind, but there's only a slight scent of wintergreen, without the brash, in-your-face ammoniacal aggressiveness of Cheeta. Past experience with such a fine grind already warned me to sniff gently, but the scent is absolutely refreshing. This is a new experience for me because it sniffs so easily.
However. Krishan has a huge nicotine punch behind all that niceness. The burn comes on rather gradually, and by the time I realized that I may have gotten a little too much it was already too late. With a lot of the menthols it's the menthol itself that warns me to stop - you know, that "breathing through my tear ducts" kind of feeling - but there's none of that here. It comes across almost like a madras but without so much of the vegetative smell. Just a hint of wintergreen.
Since that first round I've concluded that this snuff is absolutely lovely in moderation. And with such a high nicotine level a pinch or two is plenty of satisfaction for me to get moving with the other things I'm doing at the moment.
It is a pale very fine powder, with moderate moisture content, packing a huge punch in nicotine. I could successfully curb my cigarette cravings, thanks to this. If you can manage fine indian snuffs, not easily offended by strange smells, and come with an open mind, you should like this. Would not recomment to beginners however.
I can't really put my finger on the smell of this snuff. My wife thinks it's straight up from a subway station toilet, and I would add "with menthol urinal cake". However, I very much like the menthol and the strange smell, which becomes less obtrusive as it airs and your nose get used to it. With a little time, it became a welcome addition to my daily rotation.
One more thing: this is a tapkir, which, if I understand correctly, is widely used as oral tobacco in India. It is rubbed on the gums and teeth. I tried this method of usage, but had more success dipping it. It's absolutely doable, if you can use american scotches.
This is my first mentholated snuff. I love it. All my non mental snuffs make my nose get clogged up. This is great taken alone or you can take a small bump and then take your other non menthol snuff and sniff that and you'll never get clogged up. This doesn't taste spicy, but when you first sniff it you do get a slight burn that goes away in a millisecond due to the menthol. I highly recommend this. This is now my favorite snuff.
No I don't want to just say it's like cheeta brand snuff with a little bit of spiciness and a slight Menthol to it but it is about near that but one could also say it's up its own Ally the spiciness is not super hot if Hot at all but it does bring a good flavor to it which quickly Fades to a very slight menthol flavor the nicotine hit hits right on! If you like cheetah brand snuff you have to try this out for sure I give it 5 stars this is very satisfying and whatever that kind of tobacco that I can't pronounce is that they put in it is superb!