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Indeed, the package
of the snuff I received from lieho looks fairly good, bearing in mind it was
made back in 1975. Ought to be quite moist while fresh, containing 25% moisture
in total weight of 50 g as indicated on the label, the snuff is inevitably
bone-dry now, weighing 41 g (foil-coated paper wrapper and label included).
On the bright side,
I detected no mold or other signs of decay inside which could have stopped me
from trying a pinch, so I dived into it.
The snuff is pale
brown, medium-fine, though rather inconsistent grind. Some tiny crystals of
salt, potash and sodium carbonate are visible among the particles of tobacco. There's
still a faint, but distinctive smell of rustica left, that hayish scent of air
cured makhorka. Unfortunately, not a slightest hint of ammonia, though
initially it was present here.
Despite the dryness,
this snuff is very easy to take. It gives a mild burn. The scent of hay becomes
more pronounced in the nose, there's some rather pleasant sweetness to it. The
back drip is potashy-bitter, but not harsh. And yes, some nicotine (of original
1.4/1.8%) is still there. Nothing to write home about, but enough to keep me
going. I have tried it as a morning snuff few times, it did the job.
I could use it as
all day snuff, too, but I am not sure about content of TSNAs, which generally
tend to increase during prolonged storage, so I wont include it in my daily menu,
but I was very eager to try this vintage snuff.
Overall, it's quite nice plain snuff. I just wish I could try it fresh.