Tosh is a charming village and at this time of the year feels very sleepy. It’s actually larger than it first appears and stretches along the side of the valley for a fairway. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk all the way across the village and out to the other side. There are several small shops and plenty of guesthouses and cafes to visit. The smell of fresh smoked charas hangs in the air and gently blows out of café windows as I walk past.
Tosh is a great place if you like to smoke! Everywhere is smoker friendly and most places can source high-quality c for you if you ask nicely. Here for me, the game was to only request the best they had to offer in each place and see what I ended up with after a quick walk around town. As always the simplest of plans never ends up working like that and I find that each place I visit I end up sitting and talking with the owners while we pass chillums and joints for hours. My quick walk turned into the rest of the day and I only managed to actually go into about 4 places in the end. All were great and all had excellent quality charas and cream on offer. The views from the terraces of each place are superb and you can sit and relax while drinking Chai (a spicy Indian tea) and quietly puffing away on some of the best hand made natural hash on the planet.
In the summer months, Tosh can become a fairly busy place, with its easy access when the roads are clear and abundance of guest houses and good Charas. Right now, it’s perfect for me, nice and quiet and it gives me a good chance to sit and talk with the local people I meet. Tosh is famous for its ‘Tosh Balls’. These are round balls of Charas which would normally have been flattened out into a disk or rolled into a finger shape but here they just leave them in original form and it is a nice way for the local farmers to distinguish their product from the other villages in the valley.
There is definitely a slightly fruitier smell to the hash that I found in Tosh. The mango smell is there but stronger than the charas from Rasol. I also start seeing lots of different shaped charas fresh from this year’s harvest. Many are much larger pieces than the normal 10 grams and its interesting to see how the farmers package and store their produce.
I even found a decent batch of oil on my trip through town. It’s made using charas rather than weed and it has a distinct smell and flavour. In this cold weather its almost completely solid in the bottom of the tin but looks clean. This is what they use to make edibles here normally and it was great to see some in a larger quantity.
I found the prices in Tosh to be fair for the charas but quickly became expensive for the higher grade or cream. I eventually did find something very special and although at almost $50 for 10 grams it was the most I spent on the trip for a single piece I also think that in retrospect it was the strongest piece of cream I found. It was almost like a piece of ‘Iceolator’ hash. Extremely clean and very very strong.
Even after smoking copious amounts of good hash for weeks already I immediately noticed the increase in strength. It became incredibly sticky as soon as you worked it in your hand for rolling and actually became difficult to manipulate fairly fast due to the extreme stickiness. The taste and smell were not as distinctive as the Cream from Rasol but the purity was even higher.
Tosh was turning into a great stopover and I was quickly making good friends here and learning a lot. The next few days are spent trekking out from town and chilling in the evenings at the various guesthouses looking at the breath-taking views across the valley.