I was wondering if anyone else had tried this lovely snuff, and what they thought of it. I recently got some as a free sample from Tom, and now wish I had bought it myself, seeing as I'll be broke for a couple of weeks, and there's only three left. For me, at least, it's got some very evocative power. Now that I'm freshly loaded up on some, I'd like to tell everyone a little about what it does for me.
First, it doesn't really hit me with a sandalwood scent. Perhaps I've been buying bad incense, but it smelled familiar to me anywise. The other day, I managed to place the scent. This stuff smells just like Pan Parag/Pan Masala (I'm pretty sure the brand is Pan Parag, but it's put out by Kothari Products, I believe). I went through a brief phase where I loved to have a little in the morning to wake me up, although I've since stopped. More important for me was the people it made me remember. If you live near a city that has a large Indian district, try going there a little after six at night. You'll probably find one or more booths hardly larger than a phone booth, with a happy looking middle-aged Indian bloke working in it. These places sell fresh pan, with betel nuts and myriad flavouring, all wrapped up in a betel leaf to chew on. It's this sort of booth in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City that this Sandalwood snuff brings me back to.
I remember going to the different booths, and every time I stopped by a new one for the first time, the guy working the counter would be terribly surprised that I knew what he was selling and wanted a couple. This brings me back to conversations with total strangers who seemed so happy to know that someone in the country they had moved to (a scrawny, long-haired white kid, no less. Not trying to be racist, but us white folks aren't known to be the most tolerant people, so I throw some folks off sometimes) actually knew something of their traditions, listened to bhangra, and had seen Munna Bhai. It's sort of a distant connection, but this snuff helps bring me back to happy conversations with total strangers in Queens, back when I'd stop by once a week to grab a few quids to chew on. Good times, and memories, and some really good food.
So, namrata, if you read this, thanks for bringing back some happy memories. Every so often I need something like this. Aside from that, an excellent smelling snuff once more, although sometimes I swear I can taste it too. Sorry to be a bit light on the scent in my review, but this is the important part of this snuff for me. I'm hoping that this one goes into fulltime production somehow, because I love it.