J & H Wilson Top Mill is a snuff that is a faithful companion that never has a poor pinch to offer. Not only is this mixture milled at the top of the road, it is blended with the best tobaccos in a fashion that will please most snuffers. Unlike some other contenders, there is no bitter taste and a rich and sweet smokiness. This offering is medium in color, grind and moisture while offering a fine jolt of nicotine with no unpleasant sensation in the nose. Try a pinch, this could become an everyday snuff.
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I thought I knew what to expect when I first cracked open a tin of this snuff. I bought it without really researching it, and when I realized that it was supposed to be an SP, I immediately expected a balance of citrus and earthy tobacco. That is not what this snuff delivers. The bergamot essence is very light and subtle. There are some hints of lavender here and there too. The base tobacco is really the star of the show with this snuff, delivering big, meaty notes of earth, biscuit, leather, sea salt, and toffee with light grassy, peaty, peppery hints to round it out. The grind is rather fine, though I have encountered finer grinds in other SP snuffs, and the moisture content is low-medium. The nicotine level strikes me as being somewhere between low and medium, especially for a snuff of this style. In other words, the nicotine is definitely there, but it does not pack as much of a punch as that of many of the other SP snuffs that I have tried to this point. This is a very good, solid SP-type snuff overall. Nothing is out of whack. The lovely base tobacco, decent moisture, good grind, and comparatively restrained nicotine all conspire to render this snuff exceptionally approachable and easy to take. It is definitely worth a try for those who are fans of snuffs of this style.
Don't think you enjoy Sp snuffs? This one will change your mind. the bergamot is very subtle here, and the tobacco flour is lovely. The grind is fine, but this stuff is moist enough, and taking large pinches is easy. Other Sp's might be better for a first experience, but this one deserves to be in your stash. Highly recommended. I only wish it was sold in larger packages.
I wish this Top Mills came in a bigger package. I can go through the tiny quantity in the odd snuff tin in a day. It is definitely an SP by character, but there's also a medicated note to this. It isn't menthol, I'm pretty sure. Might be a bit of camphor? Either way, this snuff is silky in the nose, provides a complex and wonderful bouquet, and is one that every snuff fan should try at least once. I just ordered two tins of this and am sure I will order more when these run out. This may be the best of the J. & H. Wilson range, even though the tin is downright cheap. Yes, the lid will fall off in a pocket; beware. Put this one into a better snuff box as soon as you receive it in the mail..
Great snuff and I love the little blue tins. Will definitely buy this snuff again.
Really holds up to the SP type. Similar to Queens Extra Strong (Tom Buck?), but less peppery in the delivery. Very good to have it fresh, as when moist it is very easily taken and has a silky quality. Will be going back to it as a olfactory reset, it cleanses the nose very well of other snuffs.