Bernard Gekachelter Virginie is a throwback to earlier times when tobacco was highly fermented and unadulterated. This blend of Virginia tobaccos provides a pleasantly warm sensation in the nose that typically reveals odors of burnt caramel, hay and leather. This original recipe offers a respectable nicotine hit and has a medium coarse, mid-moist texture. Highly recommended to help develop your snuff palette. Genießen Sie eine Prise!
Available in a convenient 50 g box.
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As the name implies, this is 100% Virginia tobacco, and on the back of the pack it says (translated from German): "Snuff tobacco produced according to a tried and tested recipe using high-quality raw tobacco from arable farming areas of the best provenance, aromatically packaged" Tin notes are charcoal, smoked hardwood, leather, sweet grass, and earth. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it's been "stoved", not dark fired in barns, which allows the tobacco flavor to come through a little more clearly. Although this is produced by Bernard's it is NOT a schmalzler, there's no paraffin oil and one can tell the differences right away. It reminds me of the Sharrow-made Viking Dark Rappee somewhat, but is far easier to take without the hellacious burn. In the nose, the sweetness dissapates and the earth, grass and leather come to the forefront. Unlike a true "dark fired" the leaf taste still comes through in a big way. Nicotine is there but not overwhelming, and it is safe to chain-pinch. I'd give it a 6 or 6.5 out of 10 in strength on the Squinty scale. I don't feel it's as strong as the Bernard schmalzler I have on hand. If you are a fan of dark snuffs and rappees, this is a must try.
Bernard's Gekachelter Virginie is an unscented snuff comprised solely of Virginia tobaccos. Out of the pouch, this snuff appears dark brown and offers strong earthy, woody, smoky scents. Once it hits the front of the nose, it delivers a wonderful blend of earth, smoke, leather, charcoal, caramel, cocoa, hay, and wood scents that are underscored by hints of pine needles, mushroom, raisin, grass, straw, butter, and molasses. Sometimes I also get an herbal scent reminiscent of peppermint or a slight lemony note as well as a subtle creaminess. The nicotine content is more or less moderate. It isn't overpowering and takes a while to show itself. The grind is medium coarse. Moisture content is moderate for a snuff of this style. It doesn't come across as being oily or sticky and sits in the nose fairly well. If you're looking for a great introduction to plain snuff or an unscented snuff that you can take all day, look no further.
This snuff is different than all the other Bernard products I have sampled. As others have noted, it is like snuffing a campfire up your nose. Pretty unique, I like it.
Notice that this snuff has received all 5 star reviews.
The review title says it all.
Straightforward smokey tobacco with no gimmicks (not that they're not fun).
This is the real deal.
The reviews of this snuff piqued my interest. It became my go to and never leave without. Highly recommend.