I've been looking for this snuff for months after trying it at a whisky tasting event. The pine aromas I experienced back then really struck me as something wonderful, if not aromatherapeutic. Having brought back a small sample, I had my mates try it out and all agreed it was splendidly made and unmistakably coniferous.
After having been told that the Christmas Pinch was without a doubt what I had brought back as a sample, I bought some here but I couldn't get past the fact that it was more menthol than pine, and thus a completely different experience. When this snuff is taken fresh out of the tin, the menthol is, in my opinion, too strong. I was almost convinced that this was not the same as the sample I had brought back. However, having set some aside in an accidentally-left-open crush box for a few days, it eventually settled and I was amazed how it turned out to be what I needed. It is much more balanced, even letting the tobacco notes resurface.
There is a possibility that there are different batches of varying quality, and I may have stumbled on one that was different than the others. But after all is said and done, after leaving it "decanted" for a day, this ends up being better than the De Kralingse A/P or Bernard Fichtennadel. The medium fine grind inhales well without accumulation in the throat or back drip. It's easy on the nose with a slight burn and conjures a wonderful pine forest olfactory memory. This is excellent for those who prefer a dryer snuff.