So I've been at this for a couple years and some change, went through the prerequisite gotta-try-everything-once phase, and came out of it with a narrowed down range of snuffs I preferred. My taste in snuff pretty much paralleled my taste in pipe tobacco, which I have been at MUCH longer. Deep, rich, complex, and with only a handful of exceptions, NO FLAVORINGS.
I didn't mind SOME flavorings. Anything spicy was okay. Complex offerings from Old Mill or Sir Walter Scott's became beloved parts of my rotation, but by and large what I was carrying with me throughout my day was natural tobacco snuff. "Tobacco flavored tobacco", I would quip. And so it was for about a year... until I started Inna Pinch. People would request certain reviews, and I would throw them in my next order. I slowly started finding that I liked some of them a lot more than I would have in the past, and secretly loved having an excuse to branch out again. Still, there were two categories I stayed away from- menthol (because past experiences told me that menthol will always clog me up), and fruit (because, I'll admit it, I had gotten snobby, and felt that fruit snuffs were "childish"). Then a series of events totally rocked my world.
I got in on some free samples last year, along with a good number of others, of Dholakia Medicated No10 in a taste test panel. At the time, I admitted I liked it, but was weary of going down that path, so I never bought any when it came out, until someone requested a review, so into the cart it went. It instantly became a bedtime rotator, but that was about it. Not long after that, I ended up with some Toque Blueberry (it's a long story, and this post is already long winded, so if you're interested, I explain in the video), and really liked it. Then I was out of town visiting a cigar shop not too far from me, and they had some Silver Dollar Original, a heavily medicated SP. I would never have chosen it in an order, but while I was there, I figured why not, and it's been a daily since.
So all of that is to say that this summer I've been building an artillery of fruit and menthol snuffs for the summer- literally the antithesis of my tastes up to now, which leaves me to wonder... There are allot of newcomers here, but there are also allot of folks here who have been at this for decades. Is this radical of a shift in tastes to be expected over the years, it am I losing my mind? Anyone else have similar experiences? Thanks!