Well, I can finally review it. And what a snuff it is. I have not had the pleasure with "high end" snuffs yet but I had to give this one a try. It is a Virginia blend with some Rustica and the very special ingredient: Perique. I can safely say, without the announcement of this snuff it would have been a while longer before I bought any Walter Scott's. But as it is, I don't regret it. The price is high, compared to other snuffs but such is life and you absolutely get what you pay for.
But back to the actual product. When I open the tin, I find a nice, dry, medium brown snuff. And I mean dry. But that should not be an issue. It is mostly fine but there are some slightly coarse bits which are light brown. When I smell it out of the tin, I get very excited. Perique needs to be used sparingly, much like a spice rather than a main ingredient. Trying to snuff or smoke pure Perique will not be a great experience, it is a mix tobacco.This snuff gets the mixture exactly right. I remember this scent from various pipe tobaccos that I used to smoke years ago. I have seen people describe it as fruity or earthy. That may be right, but I'm going one step further and call it sweet and sour like a smelly pair of socks. Does that sound repulsive? It isn't, not in the slightest.
The dryness gives it a good burn in the nose and I have to admit that it even clogs mine up, but that doesn't stop me. I have also noticed that I need to sit up when I enjoy it, not lie down, because it can cause a minute but unpleasant throat drip. The flavour in the nose is very "perique", which I'm especially happy about. Too many snuffs smell great in the tin and don't leave much flavour in the nose. This one is great in that regard. As a matter of fact natural blends seem to stay in my nose longer than others. Perhaps that is why I love schmalzlers so much. With this snuff I have two choices. Either I keep adding another pinch every twenty or so minutes or I squeeze and wiggle my nose to wake up the scent once again. I find myself doing both, I can't get enough of it. Again, it might just be my flawed technique but I am not entirely happy with the throat drip/scratch. Having a bottle of water ready to flush it away is something I do recommend, at least for some of us. It was advertised as a high nicotine snuff and to my surprise - because it never happened to me with any other snuff - I got this nicotine "lump in the throat", which I have only ever experienced when smoking a pipe. This is a very exciting snuff on many levels.
In any case, this snuff is absolutely worth the price and it is definitely in my top 5 favourites so far.