Inspired by a description of the ingredients used in creating the favourite snuff of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III.
Queen Charlotte was an inveterate snuff taker and historical records tell us that her favourite was flavoured with Bitter Almonds, Attar Ghul - the Persian for Attar of Roses, and that Ambergris was added to enhance the flavours.
Roslein is a moist, demi gros snuff made from Sumatra leaf flavoured with pure attar of roses from Isparta in Turkey, ameretto di saronno lazzaroni from Italy and ambergris from the Chatham Isles.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.
It's difficult to say today how extent is compatible with snuff created for Queen Charlotte, but it is still the highest form of championship craft of snuff, enclosed in a minimalist form of can. 100/100 and my humble opinion, one of the two best snuffs, from Sir Walter Scott.
Truly Exquisite. One of the finest snuffs I have ever had the pleasure of trying. Like nothing I have ever sampled before. You need to try this stuff!
Like the previous reviewer, I too was very curious to try this out because it contained ambergris. This has a somewhat hard to describe, spice / seasoning type of scent when snuffing. It doesn't have a strong tobacco base scent, but it does have quite a bit of nicotine. The grind is very fine, like a damp powder, so when snuffed too hard it will burn a bit, but there wasn't much of a drain. I didn't quite get the rose notes, but that may come with more usage.
All in all I am glad I picked up the large container. And will probably add more to my stash if this doesn't get all bought up
I Was so curious when reading about this snuff. Particularly in the ambergris part. We can't get any whale products here anymore and I used them often before because of the health benefits told about in folk medicine.
Then I ordered some just around Christmas last year. Sometimes I forget I have it, but by days I keep reaching for it. The tobacco base on its own is already special. It's so coarse it even can be used as dipping tobacco by those not clumsy with it.
There is a little far sea smell probably from the ambegris for the learned snuffer detectable. Furthermore the ambergris is used to enhance the rose and almond. Sweet but not too much sweetness and flowery. Everything looked for in other snuff is combined in this one.
I Would say a girls snuff or dip but also th enjoying snufftaker should try.
While I can't describe the individual scents in this complex snuff, it smells wonderful upon opening the tin. Medium coarse, slightly sweet smell, moist, delicious. Common adjectives don't do it justice. This is a rich and luxurious snuff. I'm not at all surprised its a recipe favored by a queen of England. Its scent lingers for a long time, and for me, its best enjoyed in the evening, reading a good book. Not an everyday snuff, but thats only because of its rare, unique quality, and its expense. One of my new favorites for sure.