This is one of my favourite American scotches. It is a plain scotch (rather than a strong scotch) and it has a smokiness that seems to linger longer than most and it is impressively smooth, making it easier to take than some others. It's very light on the burn yet has a good level of nicotine. Curiously the colour seems to be a light khaki, not that that is necessarily a bad thing. Definitely on my "must re-order" list.
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This is a hard one to describe. It's slightly smoky, but not anywhere near say, Square or Rooster. It's a paler khaki color, and has a characteristic Swisher tobacco base smell and taste. There's a slight hint of sweetness, but nothing like a Sweet Scotch. What sets Railroad Mills apart from most others is: the NICOTINE! This snuff is loaded with nicotine. According to the old IARC Monograph from 1989 and a study by Dr. Brad Rodu, this is one of the strongest snuffs along with Starr and Bruton and I can vouch for that - even though they're old studies, they still ring true. This is NOT something for novices. I'd say the smell and taste really reminds me of Swisher's Little Cigars without the sweetness, and really deeply fermented tobacco. The more I use it the more the fermented aspect comes through quite a bit. I can't really pinpoint what exactly it is that it reminds me of, other than that. Maybe Navy Plain is the most similar to this, but I have an older can and a lot of the smoke (if any) is lost. If it's nicotine you're after, hunt this down along with Starr and Bruton. You won't regret it.
This, I feel, bridges the gap between the dry nasal snuff to the transition to moister Swedish-style snuff (think original Copenhagen) It's easily pinchable and stays together in the lip very well, Maccoboy snuffs were intended originally for oral use (Altho this is much later a Helme calendar states all their snuff was for oral use in the instruction guide). It does stay together much better in the lip than every other American dry snuff I've had, sans Swisher's Railroad Mills Checkerberry.
Although it says rose scented, old Maccoboy recipes I have seen call for rosewood, which seems to be apparent here, as well as a boozy element. Boozy rosewood with a good dark fired base is the best way I could describe it. It is a very coarse grind and 100% American tobacco, and packs a potent buzz nasally. In fact it may be one of the strongest snuffs out there. It also has a high moisture content - after looking at the old IARC monograph from 1989, the RR Maccoboy has around 41% moisture content, making it very close to if not really a moist snuff in disguise - in fact on the study, it is considered to be, and you can see it is MUCH more than pretty much any other USA dry snuff.
This and Checkerberry are the only two semi-moist non Scotch snuffs still produced by Swisher. Back when they were Helme there also was a Lorillard Maccoboy but it has long been discontinued (maybe in the 90s). Be thankful this snuff is still being produced, I know I am!
This is a very fluffy moist medium grind tobacco with a decent nic hit. It’s very tobacco smelling like a nice cigar , a little sweet. The rose scent is almost non existent extremely subtle. Good snuff if you like tobacco scents . If your looking for a decent rose scent… pass this up. Worth trying though!
Lovely scent of sweet rose water. The base flour is nice as well: a pleasant little sting to compliment the sweetness. For comparison, I've also tried Toque Rose (also an excellent selection, btw!), which is less sweet and heavier in the floral punch. Toque's base flour grind is silkier than this and slightly easier to take. But having tried both, this one is my favorite!
It does have a good nicotine hit and all but it just smells horrible. It really reminds me of being in a dusty attic.