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Toque flavors just not there

ksatterksatter Member
edited April 25 in Types of Snuff
I'm brand new to snuff as of today. I did a lot of reading and research beforehand and picked up a small selection of things I thought I'd love from mr snuff.

Thus far I've tried Ozona President, which was delightful, and toque grapefruit and ginger, which I found a lot less so. The grapefruit smells like musty cat pee with a hint of fruitiness and the ginger like spicy cat pee. Given that both are really unappealing, I'm thinking it may be my expectations of flavor that are the issue. Seems really unlikely that I got two bad tins.

Are the flavors generally really muted? When I read descriptions for the grapefruit in particular, I thought I'd be getting more of a fruit scent with a background of tobacco. Not ammonia and dust. Is just that I'm new to this and haven't developed a palate for it?

Comments

  • bobbob Member
    ammonia is the sign of fresh snuff you just need to air it out for a little bit. It's a good thing as it means you got fresh snuff that hasn't been sitting on the shelf and once aired out it will be at peak awesomeness.
  • ksatterksatter Member
    edited April 25 PM
    Well that's a relief. I honestly figured there had to be something I was missing. There being an issue with both tins seemed really unlikely.
  • Toque can be like plain baked and under-seasoned chicken sometimes, but on other days seems to be like Cordon bleu!!!
    All aspects of environment and humidity make determination different (I.E.) inside, outside, day, night, rain or shine and don't forget any changes in attitude.
  • ar47ar47 Member
    I've also found if the aromas aren't registering try taking a step outside - fresh air opens em up for me
  • @bob do you just remove the lid and let them sit out? Or can you store them away and naturally age them a couple months or what? Is there an ideal time for them to age enough to lose the ammonia smell? Or is it a test it daily type thing? I have several fresh Toque tins that just arrived.
  • bobbob Member
    a few hours open should work or waiting a little bit with them in the tin should work too.
  • LOL! Thanks guys. 

    Ksatter, Don't worry about it. We hear this so often. Most new snuffers, strangely, develop a liking for ammonia. I just stir my tin during the day and keep dipping till it gets to my taste. 

    The ammonia is 100 percent natural and comes from fresh snuff. It is also very useful as a natural preservative. Unopened and kept in a cool dark envioroment in a  kilner jar will keep fresh for years.

    We really should warn you that grapefruit, although one of my favourites, loses its flavour very quickly; so use that one first. This is due to our preferance to using 100 percent natural flavourings and why we don't offer

     flavours like Banana and Coconut as they can only be made with synthetic chemical flavours.

    I think our longest lasting flavour is Absinthe, just so you know.
  • mmm ammonia   :-bd
  • fredhfredh Member
    edited April 26 PM
    I have some Toque snuffs that are years old and they are still fantastic. 
  • Second the last comment above.! Have a variety of old skool Toque from the beginnings.
  • bobbob Member
    @Roderick I still think there should be a warning or notification about this on the site or at least someway of saying hey the ammonia means fresh.
  • This could be clarified in Toque FAQ section.
  • This has been added to our about us page. However I think we will make it a little more prominent in future.
  • ksatterksatter Member
    edited April 26 PM
    @Roderick  I've got to say, the grapefruit has already mellowed out a lot and I'm enjoying it a lot more, particularly with a tiny sprinkling of the Ozona on top. 

    I was prepared for some ammonia smell, but I don't think I was expecting it to take over quite that much. I've got about 11 tins in my cart at Toque that I'll be snatching up as soon as my wallet allows!
  • RoderickRoderick Member
    edited April 28 PM
    This is a great post. A new person to Toque starts out thinking it smells like cat pee (and fresh Toque does) ends up ordering more. 

    Ksatter, thank you and please swear to everyone here that you aren't a plant. LOL! 

     Thanks again for your honesty.
  • Lol. Thanks for chiming in and making it clear that you care about customer feedback/ perceptions. I was in customer service for over 15 years and that's what I look for in a company. I decided to buy directly from you guys next time instead of Mr Snuff because I started out chatting with their support and their response was "Yep, that's normal'. Didn't seem right to me, given how many people I have seen saying great things about Toque.

    I really tried to word my post on a way that made it clear that just really new and didn't know what to expect.

    I really appreciate how awesome everyone here is... No one treated me like an idiot, which I kinda was. This is a pretty awesome.community in general.

  • One gripe...
    Need to shutter the utter for more scent on the peanut butter.
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