Finely ground, fermented Latakia tobacco blended with a little first priming flue cured Virginia Lemon leaf, to create a unique, silky, slightly moist, peppery high nicotine snuff with an intense smoky flavor.
Named after the port of the same name in northern Syria, Latakia tobacco is now mainly produced in Cyprus, where the harvested leaves are first sun dried like other Turkish tobaccos and then smoke cured over smouldering aromatic wood fires.
Traditionally used as a 'condiment' or 'blend' in Oriental pipe mixtures, the process of creating Latakia tobacco was discovered by accident in the middle of the 19th century. After a bumper crop, peasant farmers hung the excess tobacco in the rafters of their homes through the winter and in the spring, smoke from their open fires was found to have imbued the leaves with the famously deep, rich, smoky, peppery characteristics.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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If you are a pipe smoker and like Latakia, you'll love this snuff. If not, avoid! If you've never had Latakia, it's something special for sure, but has the tendency to overtake everything else in the blend. It's what is used in English pipe blends. The closest I can compare it to snuff wise is a scotch, but the smoke character is entirely different. Even though it is mixed with Lemon Virginia, it is hardly noticeable as the Latakia dominates. At first taking it by itself it was a bit too much and I wasn't enjoying it, but it takes a bit to acclimate to Lat blends. I find it best as a mixer in small-medium amounts. It can really boost some snuffs into a unique territory. There are few nasal snuffs that use Latakia, there may have been an Old Mill or Molens that used it but I forget. I've found it mixes amazingly with Gawith Hoggarth's Cafe Regal, and also mixes nice with Irish #22 or High Dry Toast. Give it a shot, this is a unique snuff for sure!
I'm a fan of English blended pipe tobacco, but was hesitant to try a Latakia snuff. I'm glad I took the leap of faith. SWS has the finest handcrafted snuffs in the business. True Old World craftsmanship. This is finely ground powdered snuff, reminiscent of toasted scotch snuffs. Definitely not a newbie snuff, or those just dabbling, it takes a certain control to enjoy this powder. There is a fantastic burn that fills the nostrils with a campfire scent. Great with a cup of coffee, or early in the morning on a cold autumn or winter's day, this will surely wake you up in the morn. I think this is SWS's strongest offering. It does give a mighty wallop of beloved Vitamin N. It's not complex, but is a bold smoky powerhouse straight to the dome. For snuffers who like strong, plain straight up tobacco, this Latakia takes it up a notch.
Smokey as f_-k . I take 3 or 4 pinches a time and when I break a sweat I'm happy.
They were out of the small tins and I got the what seems like a bucket load . My nose reassured me " I got this".
Trying to find a Sir Walter Scott's product I don't like!
I recently bought some SWS series. I could quickly compare to the Rapee, Havana toast , Golden Horn and others, but honestly this is the best snuff from SWS. Of course,only if you very like Latakia and tobacco taste. No menthol or other plants here. If you are a pipe smoker, and you usually enjoy MacBaren Latakia , this is a 5 star for sure.
This is incredible snuff! Especially true if, as in my case, you are a pipe smoker who prefers English/oriental blends. After first trying this smoky blend I went and ordered more so I wouldn