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Wilsons of Sharrow - strongest ones? (nic strong)

vmank1qvmank1q Member
edited December 2011 in General
Hi guys, I'm starting to really enjoy the WOS snuffs. I've tried Tom buck, IHT 22 and SP best, all of which I really like. I was just wondering which ones are the strongest, nicotine wise. I'm going to place an order the next few days and I'm looking for some with hiigh nic content. Thanks.


  • I think they're all about the same. Maybe the toasts are stronger but otherwise same flour.
  • I'd say Tom Buck, or  their Best SP.
  • The WoS that give me the best nic rush out of the 30 or so I've tried are Grand Cairo and gold label. SS and Tom Buck have a fair amount too
  • I never think of strength with Wilsons. Only flavour I go elsewhere for vitamin N.
  • Agree that WoS are low in nic generally. Most notable exceptions being Tom Buck, Grand Cairo, and Royal George.
  • Thanks for the replies. I'm going to try the ones mentioned, and maybe mix some toque quit with the others that I like.
  • I think their toasts have mire nicotine, also the very good lemon toast.
  • Grand Cairo, Gold Label and the Toasts are definitely stronger in effect (noticeable to me as I'm not hardened to Vit.N. As a snuffer and occasional pipe smoker), I think this is down to the first two being crafted from a different type of tobacco (most WoS are Zimbabwean tobacco but I think GL and GC are made with Virginia tobacco, I may be wrong though) I think the Toasts appear stronger due to being drier and finer, thus causing the user to insufflate more and feel a stronger hit due to the finer snuff's nic being more easy for the mucous membranes to absorb.

    As Oscar said though, Wilsons aren't really the first place to look for a rendezvous with Lady N. If you want a big nic hit, I'd recommend hoofing up a massive rack of Hedges L260. It's strong, and the fact it makes your nose run like Usain Bolt helps too-really gets those mucous membranes working!
  • @uwe:
    I've tried the IHT 22 but can't really notice the nicotine, but that's probably me. I love the smell though. And I'll give the Lemon toast a shot too, thanks.

    I'll also try the WOS ones you mentioned too, thanks. I have a tin of the hedges which I like, but it's a bit overpowering (menthol) at times, still a good snuff though.

    Thanks guys.

  • The toasts just seem stronger due to the grind, I can't think of any WoS snuff that is really strong - of course don't confuse strength with nose burn or menthol content, if that's not too simple a point to make.
  • which ever one you put the most of up your nose. Seriously if your snuff is not strong enough do a bigger pinch or bump.
  • AbraxasAbraxas Member
    edited January 2012 PM
    TB is just the same flour with more of the flavouring - bergamot, neroli, whatever their particular SP casing is.
  • Just load up yer conk like you were in a Bavarian schmaltzer contest and you'll be just fine in the Vitamin N dept.
  • One thing I noticed is that like copenhagen freshness  is an important part. I think if you live in the states, the snuff you get is not like buying it in the UK. I was told by a guy who worked at the cope factory that after two weeks it was done. Sometimes a freezer helps. (it is true snus is different) I have had snuff (nasal) that I know was about two weeks old. All I can say is WOW! The other thing is nasal snuff comes on mildly. Once I was at the docs office. Waiting, waiting etc. I thought I would go bongers. I had a major niccy fit. I took a big pinch of O&G and after five minutes I was fine. If all else fails, get some plain twist and grind it up and add it to your snuff. Trust me, it will do ya.  
  • Queens Extra Strong. The clue is in the name...
  • I think the reference is toward the flavor and not the actual nicotine content.
  • I find Queen's Extra Strong to be quite punchy in the nicotine department.
  • On Wilson's website, they say that the SP's are most potent. I assume this includes Tom Buck, Gold Label,  Grand(e) Cairo, and Queen's XS. But see also, Taxi, NTSU, FUBAR, Singleton's Original (I think), maybe QWS? Probably anything out of South Africa- if the flavor/grind/style agrees with you. They tend to be coarse, moist, and smelling strongly- often with a distinct ammonia scent.
  • "Q Which are the strongest snuffs in regard to nicotine?

    A The SP varieties are the strongest and give a more powerful ‘hit’ than some of the other varieties."

    (Wilson's Website)

    I find this statement a little odd. If the SP varieties are the strongest then they yield more nicotine than all other varieties, and not just some varieties. This is akin to claiming that Hercules is the strongest man in the world and is more powerful than some other men.
  • "I think the reference is toward the flavor and not the actual nicotine content."

    Agreed. Queens Extra Strong and Tom Buck (identical in all but name) are described as stronger versions of Best S.P. This may give the impression that they are stronger in nicotine rather than stronger in added flavour - which is curious since if a mentholated snuff is described as "Menthol Extra" few conclude that it must therefore contain more nicotine.
  • I seemed to lose a post there....

    Anyhow, I think we rank snuffs from the nose feel they give rather than nicotine strength, because I firmly beleive 90% of them have more or less the same amount of nicotine.
  • don't forget that we live in a world where people regularly insist their dark coffee is stronger cause it is darker. When that's utter Bollocks (is that the proper british way to spell it?)

  • It is indeed the right way. And you used it like a Brit too.

    I used to use, still do now and again, golden virginia and old holborn ryo tobacco - I absolutely swore blind that OH was stronger than GV, but its not - all down to the colour and flavour.
  • Goes to show there is no accounting for personal taste and opinion. What is intensely strong for one is mild for another, and so on...Fortunately, there are many choices out there.
  • I am quite sure that there is some  variety in nicotine strenght and that this depends on the tobacco base they use and how they do it. I dont agree with @Snuffster , i am sure that there is variety in the nicotine strenght of diffrent snuffs.

  • W.o.S does indeed answer the question specifically about nicotine, I just double checked thier website. Saying that the sp's are stronger and have more of a kick.. Just get onto thier site, check out the menu, click onto FAQ's and scroll down a page or two.
  • I don't know about WoS specifically, but it's common knowledge that different kinds of tobacco contain different amounts of nicotine. I think "rustica" has the most, but don't quote me on that. So it only makes sense that different snuffs would contain varying levels of nicotine depending on the tobacco blends they use. This would also work for the comment @bob made about coffee. But as far as that is concerned, I've heard that lighter brews are actually higher in caffeine than darker, however if you overload your coffee maker with a normal light brew, it will make a dark coffee due to the concentration, so yeah.....this late night rant has been brought to you by the letter T, for Too, as in I've had way too much coffee and have started rambling.
  • RIOTRIOT Member
    Tom Buck contain less nicotine than these: Gold Label, SM 500, Best SP, SP100 and maybe a couple others.

    Gold Label has the strongest nicotine content!!!

    (confirmed by Wilsons of Sharrow customer service)
  • WOS Irish Toast No22 has a good nic content imo. Certainly more than F&T HDT.
  • Grand Cairo seems to have the most kick from wos for me
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