Wednesday, August 15, 2007

There's Snuffin' Like It!

I actually thought about buying shares in the few remaining snuff manufacturing companies when the smoking ban came in but then realised I'd never bought shares in anything and wouldn't have the first clue how to go about it! Still, with snuffin' now the only legal way to inhale nicotine in pubs I really do think a renaissance might be just around the corner. We shall see. In the meantime I have managed to get my hands (and nose) on various varieties and flavours of snuff stuff and so in the name of unnecessary research and a lack of anything better to do, here are my findings!

Various snuffin' paraphernalia - most of it quite pointless really!

Firstly it must be said that it's been a fair few years since I've done any snorting so I was expecting to be sneezing my noggin off during this mass-sampling. But I was wrong - in fact it was a rather pleasant experience that not only managed to stave off any cigarette cravings but also avoided tainting the palate - an important consideration when trying to enjoy the subtleties of a new brew for instance!

With a lack of quality high street tobacconists these days I had to resort to ordering online, which was no bad thing as that's where the best choice is plus the prices seemed very reasonable indeed - expect to pay between £1.50 & £2.00 for a 10g tin which will last ages! The three major players in the world of snuff blending, in the UK at least, appear to be McChrystals of Leicester (great website!), Gawith Hoggarth of Kendal and Poschl's for whom I can't find a web address though their snuff is widely available online (try these people for openers). All have an impressive range to offer with enticing flavours such as Tia Maria or Eucalyptus and intriguing names like Ozona President and Highland Ice (the latter I had rather hoped would be a white powder for added dramatic effect when snorting in public - sadly it wasn't!)

A quality silver snuffbox can cost £500 or more but makes a classy home for your snorting powder.

So anyhow after a two hour nasal blasting session these are my top three recommendations:

1/McChrystal's Smoker's Blend
Really kills the craving this one so is probably the best blend to pocket on a night out.

2/Gawith Hoggarth's Camphor Menthol
A real stimulating freshness from this unusual little number.

3/Poschl's Ozona President
Check out the stylish silver dispenser this one comes in! The snuff's not bad either.

A selection of my powders

So there you are. Why not give them all a try and even see if your landlord is willing to stock one or two varieties. It certainly beats trailing outside for a smoke, especially when the wind's howling and the rain's blowing into your shelter this winter!

Nearly all the pics used in this post are from various snuff related websites and not mine in any way shape or form - just in case anyone thinks I own a priceless set of silver boxes!

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