The Family Business
McChrystals was founded back in 1926 by Irish immigrant Denis McChrystal. As an employee at a wholesale tobacconist, he took note of the popularity of snuff, eventually deciding to turn his hand to blending his own recipes. From these humble beginnings in his garden shed, Denis would go on to create one of the most beloved snuff brands in Britain. To this day the business is family owned and continues his legacy, providing a catalogue of great snuffs.
Mentholated, Medicated, Original & Genuine
McChrystals rose to prominence with the exceptional ‘Original & Genuine’, a finely ground, slightly moist mentholated snuff, were quick to diversify. Other classics were quick to follow with the medicated citric ‘JiP’ and ‘Smokers Blend’ also garnering many fans.
Their passion for creating innovative mentholated snuffs didn’t stop there. ‘Glacier’ is sought after for its unique peppermint punch and ‘Highland Ice’ for its extra cool finish. For veterans seeking a stronger and more sophisticated snuff ‘Sturco’ has you covered. In one review, a well versed customer when referring to ‘Jip’ stated:
“I found this one had a Major kick to it. Strong stuff. I guess if you want potency and that enlivening experience, this one would definitely rate highly.”
There really are few contenders to McChrystals in the realm of aromatic gourmand snuffs. With a century of knowledge passed through generations, the manufacturing know-how and secret techniques, McChrystals essences are unparalleled. Gourmand is the term employed for snuffs that are flavoured with the essences of foods, drinks and desserts. Be it the smooth, intense chocolate flavoured ‘Aztec’ snuff or the sweet and exhilarating lemon scented ‘Sicilian Burst’, you can rest assured that you’re in for a treat. Often these snuffs are recommended to newcomers to snuff, primarily on the merit of their easy to consume and mess free nature. Here’s a breakdown of all the other different flavours:
- Fine Keg – Hops, Citus & Pine
- Mulled Magic – Mulled Spices
- Star Gazer – Aniseed
- Summer Harvest – Raspberry & Summer Fruits
- Sunblast – Apricot & Menthol
- Sunset – Apricot & Marzipan
- Vintage Velvet – Floral
- Warm Glow – Cinnamon & Menthol
- Wee Dram – Whisky, Vanilla & Fruits
McChrystals to this day continue to be trailblazers willing to be the first to push the boat out. Seeing the changes in attitudes towards hemp and C.B.D the company had the foresight to be the first manufacturers in the world to produce a C.B.D infused snuff! Akin to the ‘Original & Genuine’, only with the careful addition of the C.B.D
bringing a new relaxing dimension to the classic snuff. In a day and age where by the general public’s assumption would be that the activity of snuff taking is a relic of a bygone era, McChrystals manage to stay relevant and appealing to younger snuff takers and potential prospects.