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Indian Snuff Online Shop - Request for brands to stock

Good evening, I hope I am posting in the correct place.

I am currently working on setting up a new online shop based in the UK specialising in hard to get brands of Indian Snuff.

The shop will be online in a few months time after I have finished sorted out the last of my suppliers and dealt with all the various paperwork.

Currently I have suppliers for about a dozen different brands however if anyone would like to recommend any brands of Indian Snuff they are having a hard time getting hold of and would like me to try and stock it please let me know.

When it is all up and running I will be posting a discount code on here to show my support for this forum.

I look forward to hearing your suggestions for brands to stock.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.
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  • Ooh, very good news! I love Indian snuffs.

    It's great to have more merchants to choose from. I'm afraid I don't have any suggestions outside the regulars, such as 6 Photo, 7 Photo and Dholakia.
  • I only know a half dozen or so that are available. So what ever you stock i will try eventually.You will ship to USA ?
    My knowledge is worthless if not shared and applied . "Joseph McKenna"  
  • I only know a half dozen or so that are available. So what ever you stock i will try eventually.You will ship to USA ?
    I will be trying to ship to the USA however it depends on the restrictions on the card merchant. However i'm sure off the books something could be sorted.
  • Looks like I have sorted out the final suppliers. I will be shortly letting everyone on here know what I will be stocking so if they are outside of EU they can message me and we can sort an order out.

    Cheers and everyone have a great new year
  • Can't get enough Indian Snuff. IMHO
  • Right final list of what I'm going to be starting off stocking is the following. Hopefully some or a lot of the below snuffs will be new to you, which is the whole point of what I'm trying to achieve here.

    6Photo - All
    7Photo - All
    41Photo - All
    V V Vartak - All

    TPS Madras - Black and Brown
    Dholakia - Chakali, Kamal,Ganga,Manjul,Taj Photo,Begum,Do-Kamal
    NB Madras
    Krushna Photo Brand Punjabi
    Sagandhsagar Rose
    Horse Brand Joshi
    Pooja Ke Phool Sugandhi Rose
    Swastika
    Queen & Loin
    Lion Black
    Bul Bul Panjabi
    NC Madras

    And hopefully the following if they ever get around replying to my order request.

    5Photo - All
    Arora - All
    Uma - All
    Shivam (50Photo) - All

    Hopefully should be finalising the orders for all the above in the new year and hopefully get them all a month or so after that.

    As I mentioned before any Indian brands that are not on the list above and you want me to try and stock just let me know because I'm trying to offer every Indian snuff its possible to get.

    All the best
  • I've got six fairly obscure Indian snuffs that I picked up on travels in Tibet:

    1. Umbrella Brand Madras Snuff
    2. NC Super Special Snuff
    3. 555 Sri Sastha Snuff
    4. 5 Photo Super Himalaya Snuff
    5. Sri Vijayalakshmi Tiger Snuff
    6. Some white snuff in a long discarded packet, the cheapest and most basic snuff available.

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    I'm not up to extensive reviews right now, but the Tiger Snuff is very good, a bit like Dholakia Sparrow, fine, dry and strong. The NC is extremely dark, oily, and strong. The Himalaya snuff smells like an Indian temple, with a bit of menthol thrown in. I don't remember the 555, but it seemed like a good, straightforward, honest, unscented snuff. The white snuff is interesting, obviously a close relative of Dholakia White and the Elephant, but finer, if that's possible. It's a curiosity and occasionally finds itself in my rotation, but I'd have to say that I think the DW and WE are distinctly better. In Tibet, it cost something like a three cents per gram. I'm happy to have had the pleasure of a rare and obscure snuff, but I wouldn't pay the price that make it worth someone's while to export it overseas.

    Would I order any of these again? Maybe the Tiger. It was fun hunting them down and smuggling them into Indonesia through customs, I guess I bought around 500 grams in total. I'd recommend anyone to try any of them, just on general principles. None of them were really, really bad, although I'm not really fond of the Himalaya much. If you liked that kind of thing, it might be just your thing, though.

    Always good to have more variety on the market.
  • I've got six fairly obscure Indian snuffs that I picked up on travels in Tibet:

    1. Umbrella Brand Madras Snuff
    2. NC Super Special Snuff
    3. 555 Sri Sastha Snuff
    4. 5 Photo Super Himalaya Snuff
    5. Sri Vijayalakshmi Tiger Snuff
    6. Some white snuff in a long discarded packet, the cheapest and most basic snuff available.

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    I'm not up to extensive reviews right now, but the Tiger Snuff is very good, a bit like Dholakia Sparrow, fine, dry and strong. The NC is extremely dark, oily, and strong. The Himalaya snuff smells like an Indian temple, with a bit of menthol thrown in. I don't remember the 555, but it seemed like a good, straightforward, honest, unscented snuff. The white snuff is interesting, obviously a close relative of Dholakia White and the Elephant, but finer, if that's possible. It's a curiosity and occasionally finds itself in my rotation, but I'd have to say that I think the DW and WE are distinctly better. In Tibet, it cost something like a three cents per gram. I'm happy to have had the pleasure of a rare and obscure snuff, but I wouldn't pay the price that make it worth someone's while to export it overseas.

    Would I order any of these again? Maybe the Tiger. It was fun hunting them down and smuggling them into Indonesia through customs, I guess I bought around 500 grams in total. I'd recommend anyone to try any of them, just on general principles. None of them were really, really bad, although I'm not really fond of the Himalaya much. If you liked that kind of thing, it might be just your thing, though.

    Always good to have more variety on the market.
    Personally i have the 5 photo super Himalaya I very much enjoy the scents of India.

    Tried to get my hands on the umbrella snuff however their emails where just bouncing back, shame as I have heard good stuff about them.

    The tiger snuff looks like a good lead I have sent an enquiry off to my suppliers to see if he can get hold of it.

    I doubt I will be able to offer it at 3 cent a gram (wish I could lol) but prices will be around $4-5 for a 50 gram tub of snuff.

    Thank you for the leads my friend.
  • To make things more exciting if anyone brings any new Indian brands of snuff to my attention that I am unaware off I shall send them 50grams of 7Photo Swami Snuff free of charge as a thank you. The 7Photo snuff is sealed manufactured in Nov 2013 so its as fresh as its going to get.

    Cheers
  • FilekFilek Member
    edited December 2013 PM
    Pitamberdas Amandji Mehta has a lot more than just Sagandhsagar Rose for instance.

    http:// edit: there's a virus on their website.

    Besides that there are a lot of different companies that make snuff in India and most of the unknown ones can be found, as you might already know, on indiamart.com, for example Bombay Snuff Pvt. Ltd
  • Yeah been contacting various people of indiamart that's where most of my contacts have come from. Problem is most of the actual companies don't really want to do anything with exporting their products as has they have enough business in India. So I'm usually dealing with 3rd party exporters.

    Yeah already contacted bombay snuff and just like most of them, they haven't bothered replying.
  • Jari_TJari_T Member
    edited December 2013 PM
    @indiansnuff: Are you aware of "Mandi" snuff?

    I got a tin as a souvenir from Rajastan some time ago. I don't have the tin anymore, but I remember it had a picture of a cow on it and the colors were green and yellow (and maybe red...)

    EDIT: It was "Nandi", not "Mandi": http://www.21food.com/products/nandi-snuff-424629.html
  • @indiansnuff: Are you aware of "Mandi" snuff?

    I got a tin as a souvenir from Rajastan some time ago. I don't have the tin anymore, but I remember it had a picture of a cow on it and the colors were green and yellow (and maybe red...)

    EDIT: It was "Nandi", not "Mandi": http://www.21food.com/products/nandi-snuff-424629.html
    Yeh it's on the of Arora snuffs which I'm still waiting for them to reply back. How was it?


  • Yeh it's on the of Arora snuffs which I'm still waiting for them to reply back. How was it?
    Damn, I thought I had a chance of winning...

    I must say I don't quite remember how was it. Could have been fine natural snuff, but may be mistaking it for something else, too. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

  • FilekFilek Member
    edited December 2013 PM
    @indiansnuff, what about 'D.S Madras' from Dhanavilas Madras Snuff & Company?
  • indiansnuffindiansnuff Member
    edited December 2013 PM
    @indiansnuff, what about 'D.S Madras' from Dhanavilas Madras Snuff & Company?
    @filek new one in me. Pm me your details for your tin.

    Probably won't stock it straight away have plenty of other madras style ones planned but it's one for the future
  • Another one that you might not know is Dentobac Snuff Powder from Goran Pharma.

    http://www.creampaste.com/products.htm
  • A small amount of TPS Madras black/brown will be arriving on Friday so if anyone wants a tin of that instead of the 7Photo for the "find an Indian snuff supplier i don't know about challenge" they are more than welcome to it.

    @Filek another new one on me. Don't get too greedy with all the free tins ;)
  • Also you might want to get the contact information from @bakdoor on Sun Snuffs, as they don't have a website as far as I know. When he ran Nicotine Rush, he was the importer for them.
  • Curious to know if you could just go to a market in any major city in India and find most of the snuffs available in the country, or if specific brands are only available in specific regions. @Indiansnuff, it would also be very interesting if you could post about the characteristics of the snuffs from each of the main regions. For example, I know that Madras-style snuff is often mixed with ghee, or perhaps some other oil. I think I remember that Gujerati-style is known for being fine and lightly colored. Be wonderful to know more about these different styles.
  • @Xander Cheers for the list sadly i have already contacted all of them. I thought Sun snuff was out of business these days?

    @JakartaBoy Yeah would be a nice thing to do, have to spend a while doing my homework though.

    Just wish we had shops like this here in the uk
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  • For anyone that's interested the photo i posted before is the retail shop for Arora Snuff in India, just showing how popular snuff is out there. Hope they get back to me soon.

    Here is another one with all that lovely snuff
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  • Looking forward to sampling your wares, good sir :)
  • Next set of samples arrived today, the TPS madras snuff. One box of black madras and one brown.

    The brown madras is just what your except from a madras snuff, fine, dry and very strong on the nicotine. Has the taste of cigars.

    The black is very interesting, kind of looks like charcoal. Very easy on the nose not a single bit of burn at all. First smells purely of soot but then gives way to allow a slight nuttiness and the madras flavor to come through.

    Definitely going to be ordering a large amount of this shortly to be in the shop for when it opens.

    Will have to be careful with the packaging though as you can see below

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    I will be shortly doing a short review of all the indian snuffs I have and will be putting them up on snuff review

  • Looking on all those fantastic snuffs that are going to be available for a wider audience, makes me want to return to work on the classification of Indian snuffs. A hard task to do, since to make it properly I need to base on the literature from the times when snuff in India was tobacco for the nose - to keep the official terminology.

    Anyways I'll put that on my 'to do list'.
  • Looking on all those fantastic snuffs that are going to be available for a wider audience, makes me want to return to work on the classification of Indian snuffs. A hard task to do, since to make it properly I need to base on the literature from the times when snuff in India was tobacco for the nose - to keep the official terminology.

    Anyways I'll put that on my 'to do list'.
    That's something i plan on doing a well at some point, be a nice thing to have on the website when its finished.
    Gotta review all these snuffs i have first, speaking of which i best get on with that
  • JakartaBoyJakartaBoy Member
    edited January 2014 PM
    Very exciting. I look forward to your shop opening. I'll commit now to a $50 sampler set including anything I haven't tried yet.

    To be honest, after trying all of the Indian snuffs I acquired on my travels, I repacked them in jars and left them alone while I concentrated on British snuff. Your thread here has resparked my interest. I got out the NC Super Special Snuff the other day to have a look and a taste. That one also has a cigar-like taste ... or perhaps more like a pipe. It's also easily the strongest snuff I've ever had in terms of nicotine content, but not quite as fine as snuff like Dholakia White or Sparrow, so it doesn't burn the same way and doesn't have quite such an intense initial impact. I appreciate high-nicotine snuffs, but this one is going to be for evening use only, it would ruin me for other snuffs if I used it all day.

    When I said "like a pipe", my preference with a pipe was always for strong, Latakia-forward, English blends. The NC doesn't quite have a Latakia flavor, but some tobacco that I can't quite put my finger on that has the same qualities, something rich and earthy and chocolatey. As far as I can tell, either entirely unscented or with some scent so subtle and so blended with the natural tobacco that you can't spot it.
  • crullerscrullers Member
    edited January 2014 PM
    I've found I have a love/hate relationship with the very few Indian snuffs I've tried so far. The ones I didn't like I *really* didn't like but the ones I've liked I can't put down. Will you be offering small samplers for sale of the snuffs you will be stocking? It would make it easier for somebody not too familiar with Indian snuff (like me) to try some and find some favourites to order in larger quantities. I also hope you will be able to ship to Canada with no problems.
  • @crullers Most of the brand from the bigger indian snuff companies offer smaller packs (along the lines of 5 to 10 grams instead of the usual 50g) these might be a good place to start.

    I have no problem with shipping to Canada but it all depends on which card processor I pick and any restrictions they enforce.
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