Wilson's website informs that Best SP has been a best seller for over 250 years. There is a good reason for this. It's damn fine snuff.
After ordering and enjoying several large tins of this I figured out I truly like this blend and finally ordered a pound from Mars. It arrived on a very warm day. Upon opening the white plastic tub, my nose was assaulted with ammonia fumes. I removed a half teaspoon or so to a glass saucer and let it air out. In 15 minutes, all traces of ammonia smell had dissipated. Bringing the saucer up to my nose I could clearly detect the scent of bergamot. I took another ten minutes brewing up a pot of Earl Grey tea, also flavored with bergamot. This is a fragrant oil refined from the peels of bitter oranges.
The grind is very smooth between the fingers - and slightly moist like most of the Wilsons products. Upon taking the snuff there is a sharp feeling for a few seconds. The olfactory trip begins with a strong scent of bergamot followed by something floral - maybe rose or violet, but it is very subtle. I find I can amplify this scent a bit by breathing in the steam from a hot cup of tea.
After four or five minutes, the scent subsides considerably and the tobacco flavors become more prominent. A very well mannered tobacco indeed. At ten minutes, I'm ready to blow out my first shot and take couple really respectable pinches.
Very "moreish" and good anytime, it's good choice for all day use. I had no difficulty consuming the remainder of that half teaspoon over the next couple of hours.
The flavoring in this snuff is pretty much the same as tom buck and queens's extra strong. But it is not quite as highly flavored - bringing the tobaccos more to the fore. They are all about the same in nicotine.