Snuff, A Brief History:

The first documented accounts of Europeans taking snuff are in the 17th century, starting in Spain after the colonists discovered and subsequently imported the habit to there homeland. France would follow shortly after and it would travel across the channel to Scotland and later, the rest of the United Kingdom…

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Through a close bond between the French and Scottish courts known as the ‘auld alliance’, the Scots had a slight head start in consuming snuff compared to their counterparts south of the border.

Many prominent leaders had adverse opinions on this new trend, Louis XIII had snuff banned, the only exception being if prescribed by a physician. Pope Urban XIII banned its use from inside the church and ordered anyone found to break this rule to be excommunicated. A more grisly punishment was ordered on behest of Tsar Michael 1st who had decided the suitable punishment for snuff takers was to have there nose simply lopped off.

In 1702 a famous naval battle would go on to propel snuff use into the mainstream culture of Britain. Just off the shore of the Spanish port of Viro an attack was led by Admiral Sir George Rooke with a fleet of British and Dutch vessels. They had pursued a Spanish fleet of galleons that were under the protection of French ships. After managing to commandeer one ship, the Torbay, a vast quantity of snuff was recovered and taken back to London to be sold. Once hitting the streets of the U.K vendors would name the snuff “SP”, an abbreviation for Spanish a name that is still used today for one of the most popular forms of snuff.

By the 18th century snuff use was widespread through all sections of society. Rich and poor, male and female, snuff was an everyday part of British culture. Many prominent figures were snuff fanatics such as George IV, Charles Darwin and Napoleon along with modern celebrities such as science fiction author Philip K. Dick, actor Sean Bean and comedian Stephen Fry.

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Fribourg & Treyer – High Dry T Snuff (20g Tap Tin)

£3.60 inc. VAT

Fribourg & Treyer, High Dry is a superfine toast snuff with minimal moisture content, resulting in an almost powdery texture, with a unique nutty flavour and deceptive strength. This Irish originating snuff is the lightest coloured of all.

Fribourg & Treyer was a British snuff manufacturer and retailer. It was founded by Mr Fribourg in 1720 at 34 Haymarket, London.

Some prominent customers included David GarrickKing George IV, and Beau Brummell.[1]

Fribourg & Treyer – Old Paris Snuff (20g Tap Tin)

£3.60 inc. VAT

Fribourg & Treyer, Old Paris is a longtime favourite snuff of Beau Brummel and boasts a unique and peculiar wine-like quality of maturity during storage. It is a rich and full-bodied snuff, which is dark in colour and course in texture.

This snuff contains moderately high nicotine levels and is best suited for moderate users who enjoy an occasional satisfying pinch.

Fribourg & Treyer was a British snuff manufacturer and retailer. It was founded by Mr Fribourg in 1720 at 34 Haymarket, London.

Some prominent customers included David GarrickKing George IV, and Beau Brummell.[1]

Fribourg & Treyer – Santo Domingo Snuff [20g Tap Tin]

£3.60 inc. VAT

Fribourg & Treyer, Santo Domingo is a special, medium coarse snuff that is dark in colour and subtly blends dark fired tobacco with the delicate yet unmistakable scents of cedar and violet.

Santo Domingo is a unique snuff that is ideal for those seeking a maximum nicotine content with a significant level of moisture. Connoisseurs of dark snuffs need look no further.

Fribourg & Treyer was a British snuff manufacturer and retailer. It was founded by Mr Fribourg in 1720 at 34 Haymarket, London.

Some prominent customers included David GarrickKing George IV, and Beau Brummell.[1]

Fribourg & Treyer – Seville Snuff (20g Tap Tin)

£3.60 inc. VAT

The delicate orange character of its perfume brings to mind the sunlit groves and quaint architecture of that ancient Moorish city. This will especially please those takers who favour an occasional pinch of a dry, piquant snuff as a change from the heavier, moister kinds.

J&H Wilson – Topmill No1 Snuff (5g Twist Tin)

£1.50 inc. VAT

John and Henry Wilson’s special Top Mill No. 1 is a finely ground snuff that, remains wildly popular among snuff fans of all experience levels. The subtle flavours of J&H Top Mill No.1 are quite similar to those of J & H SP No.1, but with an added zest of citrus.