I wrote the following review of FUBAR Grunt, made by Dholakia Tobacco in India for the Mr Snuff online snuff shop, four years ago, in 2009. Grunt seemed to be quite a decent snuff back then. I gave it three stars.
"Grunt is as fine and dry as a toast or scotch and with an even higher nicotine level but it does have quite remarkable differences to either of those styles of snuff. Although essentially a plain snuff it does have a distinct coconut flavour which almost masks that of the tobacco. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. In fact far from it. This deserves to be quite a classic in its own right."
Even the art on the plastic tub is cheesy!
So I decided to get another tub recently, expecting the same quality. That turned out to be very bad idea. What I now have resembles nothing more than an over-full, week old, stinking ashtray. And that is just from the aroma. The snuff is of medium-fine grind, medium-dry moisture level and a rich brown colour. Doesn't sound too bad, does it? Sadly I can only force myself to take a single nostril pinch, purely to discover whether that fag ash reek is just as unpleasant in the nose, and I am afraid to say that it is no better. Perhaps I should borrow the idea that the Swedes came up with in the 18th century, who, finding the tobacco available to them to be third or second rate at best, added citrus flavourings and various herbs to disguise the poor quality of the snuff they produced. In doing so they invented snus which is still going strong. However, I think this 25g tub of Grunt is beyond redemption and will end up in the bin. Or maybe I should scatter it on my newly seeded bits of lawn to deter the local felines, but I wouldn't want the RSPCA knocking on my door accusing me of abusing cats....
Now it gets just one star. After all, it is still tobacco and there is a decent dose of nicotine in there.
At least Dholakia produce plenty of other snuffs which are very good.