Salutations fellow snuffers, new member here.
I recently received an order from Mars consisting of a few of the Americans: Society, Honey Bee, Bruton and W. E. Garrett (Scotch) (and Rooster in an earlier order). I'm not new to snuff - I toyed with it when I was a kid back in the early eighties and again in the late ninties. I've recently come back to it again wanting to give the American stuff a good try. I've had a love affair with tobacco which began in the sixth grade (Brown's Mule) and its been consummated in all its forms since - including snuff, chew, cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Currently I abstain from chaw and cigarettes and I'm exclusively a snuff taker and pipe smoker. My Holy Grail is Gawith & Hoggarth pipe tobacco but I find that the Grail religion is a polytheistic one - Black Irish Twist, Dark Flake and Coniston Cut Plug being some of the gods I worship. Perhaps it's needless to say but I like strong tobacco and I think that the American snuffs might fit that bill. But enough about me and on to a bit of a review and a question or two.
Thus far I can discern little difference betwixt the Rooster and the Bruton and I note that they're both from U.S. Smokeless. Comparing the Garrett (Conwood) to the other two, there is something similar to all of them but Garrett seems stronger in some sense of the word (a stronger fire cured element?), and of the three I prefer it so far. This leads me to wonder whether Bruton and Rooster are the same snuff just going under different labels? I'd be interested in other members opinions on this matter. I don't claim to have the most refined or best judgment when it comes to this type of thing.
As for the Honey Bee and the Society, I was delighted by both of these snuffs and the way their flavors linger long after taking them. Though once again they are in some sense similar I can still detect a difference between them. At first I was reluctant to try the Honey Bee after opening the Society, thinking that since they're both Swisher products they'd be very similar if not impossible to tell apart. But I found that that wasn't the case. Both of these I find *very* easy to take and super sweet (I wonder if these aren't going to screw up my low carb diet!?) Chasing the sweet with the scotch is also pretty good. I find that taking the sweet first will tame the scotch following it.
On another topic, what's with Mars Cigars? They're a great place to do business with but I notice that a number of the snuffs that I'd like to try in the next round seem to be persistently out of stock. Have they ever carried Honest Scotch Snuff (this along with the Garrett is one that I tried in my youth)?