I can handle some menthol. I know that. But I enjoy a good tobacco flavour too. I have put the Dynamite off for a while. Not because I heard anything about the flavour or menthol, but because I try to avoid party snuffs. Without knowing anything about it, "Dynamite" immediately fell into that category for me. That's what happens when you give it that kind of name. Imagine how long it took me to try the "Guarana Boost". But that is another review. It was part of an assorted box and I know I wouldn't have ordered it on it's own because of my preferences. From what I read in reviews, I am not the type for the likes of Hedges or McChrystal's O&G.
I got around to it after some time. It's there, so I try it. None of the Wilsons left a lasting impression on me so far, quite the opposite. But I'm happy to try it. I've tried this a few times now so here is my review. The snuff presents itself well in the tin. Soft, fine and a reddish-brown. But as soon as I try to smell it in the tin, I already know what's happening. I smell menthol. Seriously. There is a light tobacco scent and I'd be surprised and concerned if there wasn't, but it's indeed light.
When I take a pinch, I have exactly the things happening that I expect. There is a strong menthol burn and I can breathe freely. That doesn't last. Menthol makes the insides of my nose swell up. The Dynamite has this other quality which means that I spend the next ten minutes after my pinch blowing my nose. Good thing I have the roll of kitchen paper towels handy. I don't taste any tobacco.
Give it half an hour, my nose has calmed down and the tobacco smell is actually there. Of course it's the soapy, dusty, stale Wilsons of Sharrow flavour that I generally dislike but this one isn't bad. I suppose the tobacco is a better quality than the light yellow brown snuffs I've tried before. In fact, just looking at the open tin, I would assign a pretty decent quality to it.
However, when I add everything up, I don't like it. I wouldn't buy it again. This is the snuff that pranks or dares are made of, but I'm not 16 anymore. I know that some people can't get enough of menthol and this snuff is absolutely all the way up there. But for myself this is not a great experience. My nose is running and clogged up at the same time (which is possible, surprisingly), the tobacco flavour doesn't come out until after a good half hour of discomfort...I'm not a fan. But I can imagine that it may enhance other Wilsons snuffs which are a bit bland, such as Rum & Blackberry. I might try a little mix experiment. But just to end on a positive note, if you are a passionate menthol snuff user who likes English types of snuff, this is a must try.