Crème de Figue is a batch of exquisite snuff, hand milled in the Scottish Borders by Sir Walter Scott's Fine Border Snuff. Crème de Figue is created using a blend of pure leaf tobaccos from which the mid ribs and all stalks have been removed.
Crème de Figue has been matured and flavored with rare fig arrack to produce a uniquely luxurious snuff with a high nicotine content, reminiscent of the Georgian era.
NB: As with any natural tobacco product, artisan nasal snuff can be susceptible to mould if it is not stored correctly. All of our snuffs are heat treated before packing to ensure an indefinite shelf-life whilst in the original, unopened containers. Our snuffs are traditionally made without chemical preservatives and we recommend that once opened the snuffs should be kept in the tightly closed brand container and stored in a refrigerator. Only decant using a clean, dry implement.
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I order the big buckets it seems 50gr and they come in the mail you laugh compared to your regular tins .
This one Rosiline , fifty fifty, Anson Imp, thrice brew, latakia I will buy keep in big tins no problem.
On the back of the tin, under the health warning, in a print too fine for my unassisted eyes to see, the following manufacturer’s instructions are written: “REFRIDERATE AND KEEP TIGHTLY CLOSED AFTER OPENING”. Sir Walter Scott fabricates artisanal snuff in which the ribs and stalks of the tobacco leaves have been removed. No preservatives are added and not all ingredients are torrefied. As such, tins must be refrigerated after opening. This is very unusual for snuff and not every pinch reviewer is aware of these explicit instructions. Not heeding the order may alter the flavour and negatively affect the snuff taking experience.
Crème de Figue is subtle. At first, its coarse grind is off-putting. Granular, the snuff looks like the sawdust of Circassian Walnut. The half-filled tin is insulting, but the content’s 15g weight is exact. Upon opening, it smells like a bag of ordinary pipe tobacco. Upon uptake, you get a little burn and barely anything to taste. At first Crème de Figue treads lightly but then rhythmically builds, like Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, slowly adding intensity and flavour, layer by subtle layer. The snuff is dry, yet bonds itself to the nostrils by humidity of the nasal cavity. Its rough grind prevents the throat drip associated with dry powders and uses the Arak to release the essences of fig, molasses, vanilla and Spanish cedar into the pallet. Very long in the nose, the pleasure unwraps itself slowly like the wax paper of saltwater taffy. After a goodly moment you bring the tin to your nose to discover the familiarity that lurked within it all along: the rejoicing memory of the humidor at your favourite cigar shop.
Decided to give this a try along with Aged Border Rapee. Since it is from the border region, I like to imagine my ancestors used the same stuff.
The can is very nice, I like the twist lid A LOT.
The scent of it reminds me more of fine pipe tobacco like Samuel Gawith. Has a bready, figgy, rich scent to it (I bet the same flavoring would make a fine smoke on some flake tobacco).
Moisture is deceptive, looks dry but has just right and clumps if you pinch it.
The very coarse grind is probably my only complaint. I would prefer it if it were a bit finer (like SG Kendall Brown, not super fine).
Nicotine is pretty good.
Very enjoyable snuff.
Creme de Figue de SWS
Molido: medio grueso.
Textura: esponjosa y sedosa.
Aroma: higos frescos, cedro, cacao, café espresso, especias.
Intensidad aromática: media alta.
Sabor: medio ácido.
Goteado frontal (en nariz): medio.
Goteado trasero (en garganta): medio alto.
Fortaleza: media alta.
Final (continuidad): medio.
En este utilizan solo las hojas del tabaco, removiendo los nervios y el "palillo". En su proceso utilizan licor de higo llamado "arak".
Domina el aroma a madera de cedro seguido del cacao y espresso con el higo en su trasfondo. Tiene las características típicas de los fabricados solo con los lóbulos de las hojas. Fácil de tomar.
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Creme de Figue is yet another superbly crafted snuff by Sir Walter Scott. If you've had Auld Alliance, the grind and moisture level is exactly the same, only with different aromas. While it doesn't have as much nicotine as Auld Alliance, it's still fairly strong; I'd rate the nicotine level at 6 out of 10. It's a demi-gros that's closer to coarse than fine, and the moisture level is fairly low (at least it was in my tin). These characteristics make for a snuff that's very easy to take.
As far as aromas are concerned, the vanilla stands front and center. However, in typical SWS fashion, the scent is not overdone in the least and is of the natural variety, not artificial. It smells just like a raw vanilla bean. Along with the vanilla, there are mild notes of wood and earth. The drip can sometimes be a bit unpleasant, but not nearly as noticeable as with Auld Alliance. Overall I'd say this snuff is simply wonderful!