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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J&H Wilson – Topmill No.1 Snuff (5g Tap 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.

Hedges L260 Snuff

Hedges – L260 Snuff (20g Tin)

£3.60 inc. VAT

Also known as ‘The Snuff’, Hedges is considered by many snuff takers to be a ‘every day’ snuff and is suitable for both beginners and experts alike.

Radford Snuff

Pöschl – Radford Snuff [25g Tin]

£3.25 inc. VAT

Radford Snuff is an old English snuff originally blended by J. Brumfit & Radford Tobacco Ltd of Harrow, London.

This popular snuff is a finely ground, slightly moist, brown menthol snuff.

Wilsons Of Sharrow - Dr. Rumney's GREEN Snuff (7g Tap Tin)Out Of Stock

Wilsons Of Sharrow – Dr. Rumney’s GREEN Snuff (Small Tin)

£1.50 inc. VAT

Manufactured by Wilson’s, Dr. Rumney’s GREEN Snuff is a fine ground snuff with an original recipe dating back decades. A unique concoction of Menthol, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Bergamot, Lavender, Rose and Aniseed that is surprisingly well balanced and easy going. This snuff is venerated by long time snuff users and embraced warmly by new ones.

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McChrystals – Original & Genuine Snuff – Large – (8.75g Tin)

£2.18 inc. VAT

The Original blend. Certainly the perfect Menthol experience with a recipe unchanged for over 80 years. One of our favourites and a best seller. A finely ground, slightly moist snuff perfect for everyday. A refreshing and enjoyable, perfectly rounded Menthol experience with charm.

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McChrystals – Original & Genuine Snuff – Small – (4.4g Tin)

£1.16 inc. VAT

The Original blend. Certainly the perfect Menthol experience with a recipe unchanged for over 80 years. One of our favourites and a best seller. A finely ground, slightly moist snuff perfect for everyday. A refreshing and enjoyable, perfectly rounded Menthol experience with charm.

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McChrystals – X-mas Snuff (8.75g Tin)

£2.18 inc. VAT

The Original blend. Certainly the perfect menthol experience with a recipe unchanged for over 80 years. One of our favourites and a best seller. A finely ground, slightly moist snuff perfect for everyday. A refreshing and enjoyable, perfectly rounded menthol experience with charm.

Latakia Blend Snuff by Sir Walter Scott'sOut Of Stock

Sir Walter Scott’s – Latakia Blend Snuff (15g Tin)

£5.00 inc. VAT

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 smokey flavour.