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Israeli Spearmint snuff.
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I live in Israel and I have more of these snuffs than I know what to do with.
You have to buy them in rolls of 10, and the labeling of the scent (only on cardboard paper holding the roll together - labeling scent written on it with a sharpie!) is sort of misleading at times, and sometimes unreadable because it's written in bad handwriting or in a hurry.
They basically have two main brands, "Pil" (meaning Elephant) and "Zamir" (meaning Nightingale).
Oh, and they have something called "Bagli", which is a bit less known.
All three "brands" seem to come from the same main brand, and their tins are the same, basically. The same way Toque has a range. Just the three different logos on their tins differ. Pil has an elephant, Zamir has the Nightingale and Bagli has a picture of tobacco leaves. Those plastics tins they come in are cool, I think. They got that robust plastic feel. Much like Taxi, but more robust. A local friend say they are "military"-like. I somehow agree. I can see myself camping and trekking in the wild with a 5 gram tin. They come in 5's and 10's.
is dark and similar to Viking Dark/Brown in terms of color, grind and moisture. Though a little finer and a little drier. I have yet to sniff a snuff which sits more comfortably in the nose than this one. When I need a break of comfort, that's my go-to-snuff. It works as a buffer in the nose too, if you want to take menthol on top of it, or something dry on top of it, having a base of Pil below works really well. Medium, long-release style nicotine and an undescribable flavor. It's kind of like Taxi in that it's a bit barnyardy and really not about the flavor. It's worth gold in it's comfort-aspect.
has a yellowish tan color, is kind of dry, velvety soft and fine. There's a weight of moisture to it, but balanced very well with it's fine grain. It tastes a lot like a good, creamy toast. It's a lovely flavor. Nice and buttery like a good toast. If HDT can be considered an evening toast, Zamir would be a morning/daytime equivalent. It runs a bit after a few pinches and colors the handkerchief some buttery shade of light brown. It gets uncomfortable after a while though. It feels like it clogs the mucus membranes or something - like no other snuff I've experienced. The nicotine level is 8/10. Zamir's appeal is it's buttery, velvety deliciousness.
is most similar to Zamir, but even more similar to the Indian White Elephant. It doesn't really taste like anything in particular, just a light tobacco flavor. It's extremely dry, extremely fine (more than anything else I've seen) and very strong. It's a 10/10 in terms of nicotine. Hits hard, fast and doesn't last too long. It gets you going. After a few pinches it will start to run on you though - a lot, actually, surprisingly so, for such a dry snuff. It suddenly turns dark dark brown on the handkerchief and I start reaching for scotch to absorb and dry out my nose. I just took a good fat pinch now and it gives such a nice life. There's actually a very faint hint of toast in the background... man it feels good though.
Now here's the thing. As far as I understand, all these three snuffs come in different flavor variations, additionally. I like to buy them plain though. The flavors I have seen available are bubblegum (tastes cheap, like Bazooka Joe), some weird shampoo type scent - I guess "floral"(?), banana and spearmint. I haven't tried the last two. You have to buy 10, and it quickly adds up to a lot of snuff lying around. I traded the Bazooka Joe one with someone on here who said he liked it, though.
And the Pil tins are black, and the Zamir and Bagli are usually clear/see-through, but not always.
Personally I love all three. Zamir is the tastiest. Pil is the most comfortable (and actually the one I use the most) and Bagli I've been using the second most lately... for when I really need a quick effortless hit. I just reach for it when I'm working and have forgotten to take a pinch for a while and just need that blast.
That's what I have to say about these.
I may be open to trading them. Shoot a message if you are really keen on some of them, but I may be lazy, slow and take my time with a shipment. I'm often busy and the post office is a hassle. I do want to rid myself of quite a few of them, though.
I am also in Israel ( if it wasn't obvious ).
What flavors do you have ?
Where did you buy them, I have only seen them sold individually at Kiosks or at Mikves?
You have a much better experience than I do with the Israeli snuffs, I find them to be mostly garbage and over perfumed , with no nicotine hit at all.
When you buy in the 10 pack does it come with a warning from Misrad HaBriut ?
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