Name: Arizona Brandied Organic 2007
Arizona Grown, Virginia Walker Broad Leaf
Scented with Mexican Brandy
Color: Dark and rich
My last encounter with a stitch blend was what I believe to be his very first. It contained a very generous amount of Eucalyptus which at first overwhelmed the tobacco. After aging the snuff for about a year though it became smooth and complex, much easier to take.
Earlier this week I wrote my first impressions on stitch’s new snuff and detected a hint of peach liquor from a simple sniff of the package. I based my prediction on a slightly sweet fruit note and a hint of acidity. Taking this snuff though revealed to me the true nature of the scent, grape.
This blend is distinctive, never have I had such a snuff. It’s sweet scent is powerful but as it settles the fruit note calms to reveal a simple but powerful tobacco flavor with a punch of pepper. When the pepper has finally subsided the snuff taker is again treated to the scent of grapes. While neither of the scents alone are complex, the act of them sharing time with your senses, weaving an intricate dance of stage time, really sets this snuff apart. Often I sense the grape, the pepper, grape, and then pepper once more, only to be left with a simple sweet smell as if it comes from the air around me.
For some the initial grape shock will be something rather difficult to bare, especially if they are unaccustomed to, or dislike very sweet snuff. But, if they are able to get past this, and relax to take on the full complexity of the show that lay before them they will be delightfully surprised at its outcome.
As for the nicotine, this is a power house. Just a small sample of the snuff will give you a bit of a small rush to the head. In my opinion this is the best way to take it because its over the top dance on your senses.
A pleasure to take, it will grow on you like it or not. I am considering trying pry a few more grams of this from stitch for my personal collection.