Wilsons Best Dark is a blend of well fermented tobaccos that produce a rich, dark and aromatic smells reminiscent of an old fashioned humidor. The luxurious flavors of these hand picked broad leaf cultivars can be experienced upon opening the tin; the journey continues with rarefied notes of vanilla and the subtle hint of lemon rind. The dark color, medium coarse flour and medium moisture provide a detectable burn and an above average nicotine hit that is long lasting. This must be labeled as a classic English snuff in the best SP tradition. Should be in most cupboards next to the Earl Grey tea box. Cheers and have a pinch today.
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What a treat this snuff is! It starts with a tingle in the nose, then one is overwhelmed with a powerful hit of bergamot that is invigorating and refreshing. There is a good amount of nicotine in this snuff, and the grind is like a black rappee. Earl Grey Tea for the nose.
Best Dark is one of Wilsons of Sharrow's all-time classic offerings, though there does seem to be confusion among snuff takers as to how this snuff should be classified. Essentially, Best Dark is a strong, dark, coarse snuff scented with bergamot. Think of it somewhere between a darker, richer SP and a scented Kendal Brown, and you will almost certainly be in the ballpark. In the front of the nose, Best Dark offers a blast of straw, coffee, peat smoke, earth, wood, leather, and cocoa aromas that are accompanied by a comparatively delicate yet persistent bergamot presence. The grind is coarse, and the moisture content is quite high. Nicotine presence is also high, meaning that this snuff can easily deliver quite a rush. Overall, this is a great snuff. Fans of classic SP snuffs owe it to themselves to take this one for a spin. For me, this is a desert island snuff. I always keep at least one tin on hand.
Best Dark, with its sneeze-worthy burn, is substantially stronger than Wilson’s Best SP. Like comparing a short coffee with an alongé, its high nicotine content wakes the senses and numbs the incisors…which I very much like. Fecal brown and high in moisture, this SP predominantly tastes of tanned leather with the Bergamot serving as an adornment, like shaved citrus zest floating atop the crema of an espresso. Best Dark is a nice tin to share at cocktail hour with an Old Fashioned or even a Negroni and transitions well to garlicy appetisers such as Escargots Bourguignons or Gambas al Ajillo.
one of the best snuff ! the aroma are wonderful!!
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.