Today my Desi Murli came in the mail, Plain, Khus, and Spiced Apple. Right out of the box the stuff smelled amazing, i mean wow. I was almost drooling while putting it into tupperware containers :P
Now i'm smoking Khus, mixed with a tiny bit of honey out of my 34" KM Exotica, egyptian bowl, one layer of standard foil and 2x exotica coals. The tobacco has a very warm smell to it, the most outstanding scents being molasses and something similar to brown sugar. Maybe even a faint touch of anise, similar to how you'd smell it in Nakhla Apple though still not as strong. Undertones of tobacco and a distinct spice which i can't remember the name of.
It took about 5-7 minutes to get the smoke and flavor going, treading lightly with only two coals. The first flavor i noticed is the true tobacco taste, much different and stands out more than any other tobacco i've smoked. Much like the smell, it's got a very warm, calming taste to it as well; i'd almost be able to compare it to a cup of unsweetened chamomile tea as far as the sensation of it goes. A light yet profound flavor with many different aspects to it, a certain spice, the tiniest bit of sweetness coming from the molasses, and a slight anise undertone. The smoke itself is light and very wispy. It's not a blast your face with flavor kind of smoke, rather a concoction of subtle flavors that makes every puff interesting.
Also, the nicotine content in this stuff is definitely no joke. Coming from a regular Nakhla and cigarette smoker, i made the mistake of taking 3 considerably large puffs in a row only to get light-headed from it. It packs a hard punch, but once you get into the rhythm of sipping it, Desi Murli provides a very calm and relaxing smoke which i truly enjoy