I got both of these as samples from Jaap Bes. Both are experiments, and the release of these, be it tweaked, as is, or at all depends on the comments left here by the community. I am hoping others who received samples (not sure how many of you there are) will leave your thoughts and reviews as well, because if chatting on these boards the last year has taught me anything, it's that two people can have completely different interpretations of the exact same snuff. It's always awesome when any snuff manufacturers reach out to us for feedback, but (and here is where I will probably come off as a fanboy) when someone like Jaap Bes has an experiment to bounce off us, we really need to take note. I received these in an envelope in two sealed plastic bags, which I decanted into jars until I was ready to try them (I was a little sick last week). I decided to spend a day with each of them, both indoors and outdoors. Yesterday I did Lemon, and today I did Coffee. First, I'll mention the characteristics both share, then follow with short reviews on each.
Medium grind, medium to high moisture. A bit clumpy, but very nice on the fingers, almost velvety in the nose. No throat hit, no falling back out either. Goes right where it should and stays there. Nicotine is typical Molens delivery, medium-high with a delayed onset. Every Molens De Kralingse I've tried has this same time bomb effect, which is kind of perfect with his more complex offerings. It gives you ample time to focus on the developing flavors before dropping vit-N in your head in a slow, long-satisfying kind of way. Appreciation is best earned as slowly as possible.
No lemon to speak of right out of the tin. Just fermented tobacco and smoke (the Ao 1860 Base). In the nose... I'm honestly kind of at a loss on how to explain it. The lemon is not a pronounced, citrusy lemon, nor is it a dried fruit or zest essance of lemon. It's more like walking by a table that was just polished with Murphey's oil, which with the smokiness and fermentiness actually makes for the impression of walking into a hardware store. The lemon sits very much in the background, adding to an overall nostalgic effect. I never would have thought of combining lemon and smoke, but I'm grateful Jaap did, because if this ever appears on the market, I'll be buying in bulk.
This is DEFINITELY going to sound strange, but in the tin this one smells like BBQ on the grill. My wife even agreed. There is a sweetness there that my nose takes as being brown sugar. This is not a bad thing. It smells really good. Just not what I would expect when I open a tin of coffee snuff. In the nose, it's pretty much the same thing. It's Latakia Ao 1860, with a sweetness. Like sitting on the porch while someone is BBQing pork on a charcoal grill. I would love to see this one come out, but not as a coffee scented snuff. More of a "Summertime in the midwestern United States" kind of thing going on. Taken in that context, the stuff is superb. I would also certainly buy this one, but probably more in early spring, as it would be a great pinch for getting in the spirit of winter breaking, family spending time out in the sun, and all that jazz.
Remember, these are just my interpretations. Your results may vary. Please comment with your own thoughts, and if you also received these samples, please leave your own review here too, so they're all in one place. Thank you so much @snuffmiller
for letting me try these!