Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mixing and Layering Your Snuffs

There are a wide variety of snuffs available to the modern snuff-taker.  Some snuff-takers embrace their inner mad-scientist and enjoy mixing and layering multiple snuffs to create new flavor/scent experiences.  Here are a variety of ways that snuff-takers have been known to mix two or more snuffs:

1.  Actually mixing up an amount of mixed snuff in a snuff box or jar.  This involves placing two or more snuffs in one container in various proportions, mixing, and then taking them.  Some will go as far as to re-grind the mixture (in a mortar and pestle) and then sift it before taking.

2.  Mixing them in your nose.  You take one snuff, and then follow with the other.  This isn't as much "mixing" as it is "layering" the snuffs in your nose.

3.  Mixing them on the back of your hand.  If you don't want to mix up a whole batch, you an put a little of one snuff on the back of your hand, and then put a little bit of another, and take both snuffs at once in a mixture.  This could certainly help one figure out the proportion of each snuff that works well together before making a larger batch (method #1 above.)

4.  One up each nostril is a technique I've heard used, but have never tried myself.  You take one snuff up one nostril, and the other snuff up the second nostril.  Reportedly this is enjoyable.

Personally, I tend toward method #2 where you layer multiple snuffs in your nose.

I tend to layer Viking Dark with a lot of other snuffs.  There is something rich and smokey about it that works well as a layer with other snuffs.  Especially sweeter snuffs.

Old Mill's Pure Virginia Toast has a nice balanced sweetness that layers well with stronger, less subtle snuffs.

And, when I'm looking for some nice burn and nicotine, I like to layer with WE Garrett Sweet Scotch snuff with other snuffs.  When combined in my nose with a stronger scented snuff, WE Garrett's sweetness sort of falls into the background and increases the enjoyment.

If you have a particular method or combination that you enjoy, please feel free to share it in the comments.

Mark Stinson
Modern Snuff Website

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Strange Snuff Machines

Have you ever used an odd contraption or machine to deliver snuff into your nose? I tend to see these snuff-machines as somewhat gimmicky devices mainly meant to cause a spectacle at a restaurant, bar, or party. I can't imagine someone using one for daily use.

I've actually gotten to use one at Gasthof's German Restaurant in Minnesota. Two piles of snuff are placed on the device under your nostrils, the waitress snaps the board, and you sniff right as the snuff is fire upwards into the air.

Just another quick personal story on this topic.  I was having a big back-yard party and I wanted to entice some folks to try some snuff.  And nothing entices people to try snuff like a weird contraption that fires it up your nose.  But, I didn't have a snuff machine lying about.

So, I went and got two new paint stirrers out of the garage.  Basically two flat thin pieces of board.  I think rulers would have worked, but I didn't have any rulers.

I placed two piles on the end of paint stirrer, placed the piles under a friend's nostrils, and told him to sniff lightly when I struck the paint stirrer.  I basically just tapped the paint stirrer holding the piles of snuff with the other paint stirrer, and it fired the snuff upwards just like one of these snuff machines.

I would say about nine people at the party tried snuff, mainly because there was alcohol involved and a weird method of taking the snuff.

I've added a photo album over at the Modern Snuff website featuring some of these snuff-machines. If you have any photos to add to the album, please share them with me!

CLICK HERE to view the album.

Mark Stinson
Modern Snuff Website