This is a truly unique snuff. The tobacco flour is a rich, deep brown with the characteristic WoS grind yielding a powerfully aromatic substance.
I both agree and disagree with those who classify Best Dark as an SP. First thing’s first - I do NOT detect ‘bergamot,’ as one would expect to find within an SP product. Citrus, however, is present and is the first scent that penetrates after taking a modest pinch into each nostril. It most closely resembles the citrus bite found in the rind of a fresh orange, and it cuts through the damp, fermented leather notes typical of fine Kendal tobacco.
As the aroma is permitted to blossom in the nose, faint ghostly floral whispers creep into and out of the picture. They quite possibly consist of lavender and rose, though one has to almost passively attend to the aroma in order to detect them. Floral provides a refined flourish complementing the orange rind and peaty, dampened earth.
I can’t quite say I’ve ever tasted a snuff like WoS Best Dark. It is, for me, every bit as complex and novel as WoS Best SP, which likewise incorporates floral flourishes in surprising, refined and pleasant ways. This is one of those snuffs I use heavily for a day, tape back up and return to in the ensuing weeks, only to find that i discover a new dimension which had previously eluded me.
A fascinating departure from an average, one-dimensional snuffing experience. It took me a while to try this, but I would highly recommend this refined gem.