Smooth, sweet traditional Mediterranean flavours with liquorice (Anisette) undertones. Also available in the UK as McChrystal’s Star Gazer. 21g tin.
For the best McChrystal’s experience follow the six easy instructions.
- Tap The Top – This will loosen the snuff and keep the contents within the tin when removing the lid.
- Open The Tin – Make sure not to spill the quality snuff contained in the tin.
- Savour The Flavour – Place the nose close to the tin and breathe in the aroma of the snuff.
- Take A Pinch – Place the forefinger and thumb into the tin and pinch some snuff.
- Sniff Gently – Carry the snuff to your nose and gently inhale.
- Enjoy The Sensation – Whatever the flavour of snuff you have selected, enjoy the lingering intense aroma.
What is Snuff?
Christopher Columbus noticed the American Indians sniffing a mysterious powder during his second voyage of discovery in 1494. He brought it home to Europe. It fast became the vogue among the Spanish and the French, although it only gained limited acceptance in England until Charles II returned from exile in France a confirmed snuff fan.
Snuff was the province of the aristocrat and the man of fashion, who looked down on the common man and his pipe. It was always particularly popular in court circles. Queen Anne so enjoyed snuff that all her ladies took up the habit. Queen Charlotte, the consort of George III, acquired the name ‘snuffy Charlotte’ because of her passion for the powder. Her son, George IV, changed his snuff according to the time of day and had a snuff store room in each of his palaces.
The man in the street was first introduced to snuff after the capture of a Spanish convoy in 1702. Among the booty was a large consignment of snuff, which was given to the sailors as part of their payment. They distributed it around the ports and coastal towns, where it quickly became popular. Mills were established in London, Bristol, Sheffield and Kendal, and soon snuff shops were sprouting up everywhere, with over 400 in London alone.
Until the 1900s, the volume of snuff produced far exceeded that of tobacco for smoking or chewing. Everyone took it – from poet Alexander Pope to naturalist Charles Darwin, actress Sarah Siddons to the Duke of Wellington. Lord Nelson took large quantities to sea with him, while Napoleon sniffed over seven pounds a month. Physicians made great claims for it, prescribing snuff for headaches, insomnia, toothache, coughs and colds and recommending it as a measure against contagion.