Macouba is a village on the northern tip of Martinique where a mythical tobacco called Maccaboy is reputed to grow. William Makepeace Thackeray lauded it in his novels. Low in nicotine and of average moisture, this medium ground khaki-red snuff has a slight burn, right after intake. The natural aroma of rose in the tobacco made Maccaboy world famous. F&T’s version mixes-in the essences of rose, sandalwood and, to my nose, key lime. It is sweet and its combination of flavours make it taste like a Turkish Delight.
Geranium top notes, fading quickly to rose and musk, then a steady lingering sandalwood with the most amazing coumarin finish! Exceedingly rare to find anything with the fresly cut hay aroma of coumarin, this is a transportive snuff. Slightly moist, very fine, silky, and with a rather generous nicotine content, this is by far the greatest snuff I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling. Yes, inhaling. One must be carefuly not to over sniff this, even though it is moist, the fine milling can result in a bit hitting the lungs if you are not careful. Buy this in large quantity.
The F&T line is old world quality & class all the way, when I opened the tin I was shocked and discouraged by the powerful fragrance like nothing I had tried before but once in the nose I was pleasant surprised and after walking outside I was hooked, it's a very long lasting scent similar to F&T Bordeaux but with less floral notes, I really enjoy this one.
This was what I considered to be the first "true" snuff that I ever tried. The color is a beautiful brown-red, of a medium-to-fine grind and moderate moisture. It is silky smooth and the flavor lasts perhaps longer than any other snuff I have (This seems to be a pattern with Fribourg and Treyer snuffs as the only other one that could compete would perhaps be Santo Domingo). This is a highly complex snuff that is not for the florally faint of heart! The roses come through very strongly, such that it smells of perfume. Bystanders can smell it quite clearly as well. You can sense the underlying notes of musk and perhaps bourbon, but I do not detect sandalwood as much as I do in something like F&T Santo Domingo. There is another flavor here that I cannot quite pin down. It's somewhat citrusy and reminds me a bit of pine perhaps. Overall, a wonderful snuff of quality that I've come to expect from Fribourg and Treyer. Try at least a smaller tin to see if you like it.
This was the first Fribourg and Treyer snuff I ever tried and to be honest, I just don't care for it. I ordered this while I was still new to snuffing and experimenting with an assortment of snuffs. Years later, I find that I'm still experiementing with them because there are just so darn many different types of snuff, which is a good thing because peoples preffered flavors seem to change on a daily basis and I'm no exception. Macouba has a perfect grind and texture and moisture level going for it, but its just that the scent is extremely strong and pungent perfume. It took me a little while to realize that I'm just not a big fan of any perfumed snuff and I just dont seem to go for the floral snuffs. I like to be able to taste the tobacco and I don't like a really pungent smell in my snuff, espescially one that smells like perfume but there are many who love perfumed snuffs and its all they will use. So to each, their own. If you are a fan of florals and highly perfumed snuff, then Macouba might be something you'd love, but speaking personally - I wont be ordering this one again.