Snuff has been with us for some time now with Columbus witnessed natives sniffing tobacco on his 1494 voyage of discovery. Spreading throughout Europe, rising and falling in popularity, Snuff is something that has very loyal following and this following appears to be growing.
We are going to take a look into how the Snuff Tobacco that we use today is made giving you a greater insight into the product that so many of us are turning to in the 21st century.
Making Snuff is a simple enough process but that doesn’t mean that we should all turn away from our favourite trusted brands like McChrystal’s, Jaxsons and Bernand for example. Perfecting your technique and coming up with a worthy product that you are happy to use and, most crucially, enjoy using can take considerable time and experimentation.
It is possible to make snuff by breaking open cigarettes and using the tobacco from them but this technique leaves you open to all the chemicals used in the cigarette making process so growing and using your own tobacco will give you a greater control.
Your tobacco will need to be dried and cured before use and depending on the nicotine content of your tobacco you may want to mix to create a snuff that you find agreeable.
You will then need to crush the leaves down, removing the woody parts before grinding the dried leaves into a fine powder that will be suitable for snuffing.
Scenting your snuff is again, a simple enough process but will take some time for you to get to a level that you are happy with. As tobacco naturally absorbs scents easily a small amount of the desired scent on blotting paper in a sealed container for 48 hours can be all that is needed. Again, volume is relative to the amount of tobacco being scented which will require experimentation.
This is the basic idea behind creating snuff, as you can imagine though, trusted and popular brands have their recipes and techniques perfected guaranteeing you a quality you will not get from homemade snuff.
Professional operations will also be on a much larger scale but will adopt the same theory. For all the time and expense that will go into growing your own tobacco crop, drying, curing, crushing, grinding and scenting to create a snuff that will undoubtedly have to be perfected all the time it makes sense that you would go to a trusted retailer.
You can be guaranteed the quality that you desire in a snuff as well as a wonderful variety of flavours and scents. Depending on which snuff you use the nicotine content will differ but trying a few you will begin to recognise different qualities.