Snuv's Iron Goddess of Mercy is a nasal snuff tribute to the ancient Buddhist deity of benevolence and compassion, named Guan Shi Yin or Guanyin. The folklore recounts that in Fujian's Anxi County, a district west of Fuhzou in modern day China, a poor farmer, named Wei, passed a ruined temple to the goddess every day when walking to his tea fields. Stricken with sadness about the decrepitude of this place of worship, decided that this could not continue. The determined peasant undertook the task of caring for the temple. Twice a month, he swept the floors, cleared the cobwebs and burned incense as an offering to the deity of mercy.
Time passed and the ritual continued, each fortnight the farmer cleaned the house of Guanyin and left an offering. One night the Bodhisattva of Compassion appeared to him in a dream and revealed a great secret. The deity whispered, "there is a cave behind the temple, where a great treasure awaits". Upon awakening, this countryman went directly to where the specter had disclosed. On his way, he speculated on how he would share his treasure with his fellow villagers. What he discovered was a solitary tea shoot piercing the ground. Wui took the delicate stalk then planted and nurtured the gift which he named Ti Kwan Yin, in honor of the goddess.
The cultivar grew into a round healthy bush that had leaves that produced the finest tea in the district. Wei also shared his good fortune with all his neighbors by offering them each, cuttings of this amazing commodity. Soon, this tea was consumed throughout the countryside and because of the popularity of their harvests, the locals sold this tea as Tieguanyin, Iron Bodhisattva of Compassion, and became wealthy and their lands prospered. Over time, the temple of Guan Shi Yin was rebuilt and became a symbol of prosperity and achievement throughout the province. Each day Wei took pride and profound joy in what he and his fellow compatriots had achieved.
Snuv's Iron Goddess brings this fable back to life. The delicate rarefied floral notes and subtle nutty flavor that procures such pleasure in the tea version is replaced with a much bolder taste of damp earthy underbrush and mushroom. A hint of molasses is present from the dark rustica tobaccos and the final crescendo is mint and eucalyptus. Discover that the transition from a cup of caffeinated tea to a nicotine laden pinch isn't that great.
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