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 characteristicsNB: 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.
Find out more about Latakia in this blog post.
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Though the prices of SWS snuffs are high. I can get about 4-5 times the time kept put in my nose than any other brand I’ve tried. The Latakia Blend is something truly special. You smell the fire cure. The lemon leaf in the background and a slightly sweet tobacco goodness that only this brand can provide, I ordered 5 more varieties of Sir Walter Scott’s. And love ever single one of them. Snuff so good you don’t want to write a review in case one of your favorites sells out, but I want to support this brand for many years of excellent service. My highest recommendation. I find this snuff easiest to take directly off the thumb.