Thursday, 2 September 2010

Samuel Gawith Snuffs in 25g Tins

It seems that someone at Samuel Gawith & Co is actually listening to their customers.

Since the introduction of the 10g plastic "tap boxes" several years ago, users of Samuel Gawith snuffs have been vociferous in their complaints about them. They are far from airtight so snuff dries out all too quickly and often before the snuff has even reached the consumer. While this may not be a major problem for lovers of Irish "D" Light, for those who prefer their snuffs moist and coarsely milled the tap boxes have been an unmitigated disaster. The likes of Scotch Black and London Brown are simply not suited to storage in plastic tap boxes so many snuffers either went without or bought in bulk - the large plastic drums used for bulk snuff are airtight and perfectly suited to the task.

Now, at last, the coarse, moist snuffs are available in 25g vacuum packed metal tins and it seems the hated tap boxes have been discontinued, at least for those coarse, moist snuffs. Just yesterday I received from My Smoking Shop a tin each of Black Rappee and Scotch Black in the new tins and I was delighted to find the contents in perfect condition. A far cry from the "shotgun pellets" that came in the tap boxes the last time I bought these two  excellent snuffs.

So, all credit to Samuel Gawith for getting it right!

Now I hope to see the rest of their snuffs in the 25g tins and with luck the hated tap boxes will disappear for ever.


  1. This is good news. Hope to get all Sam Gawith's in those tins, including the toasts, which in my view are as sensitive to drying as moist snuffs.

  2. You're not wrong Allan. Even the toasts get stale and unpleasant if not stored correctly. I've seen the Irish D Light in the airtight tins recently so there is hope.