McChrystal’s Original & Genuine No. 1 Snuff


McChrystal’s Original & Genuine No.1 Snuff is ground from the finest tobacco available.

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McChrystal’s Original & Genuine No.1 Snuff is ground from the finest tobacco available before being enhanced with a highly secret, mentholated recipe with the addition of Eucalyptus that has remained un-changed for over 80 years. The Medium Grind and Moisture is enjoyable by the less experienced yet gives enough kick for an all-day snuff. Medium/Fine Grind, Medium Moisture. 17.5g. Note: these are now shipping in plain packaging. Packaging format is boxed, not a tin.

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.

Notable Partakers

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.

About McChrystal’s Snuff

The McChrystal’s family adventure began early in the 20th Century when Denis, who came to England from Ireland, started working in Leicester for a wholesale tobacconist. He was intrigued by the high volume of snuff being sold and so decided to try and blend his own. Denis arrived at his recipe with the help of a chemist from Leicester University, using the finest ingredients. He used his grandmother, an avid snuff taker, to sample the finished product and she gave her seal of approval. So, in 1926, in a garden shed in Denis’ garden, the manufacture of “The Original & Genuine McChrystal’s Snuff” began.

In 1945, Denis’ son, also Denis, joined the business. He used to ride around on his bicycle delivering the snuff locally. In 1958, Denis and his son, moved the business to Earl Howe Street, Leicester and the business was incorporated. In 1966, the business was moved again, to the current premises, Morris Road, Leicester and here the Company became fully mechanised. In 1978 Ian, Denis’ son, joined the Company and some years later he was joined by his wife, Sue.  They have introduced new flavours and have developed many new markets all over the world. They have also embraced the latest digital technologies including social media, and for many years, have been selling their products on the company website.

In 2015, the Company moved into its 4th generation with the joining of Charles. With Charles’ help McChrystal’s is continuing with this wonderful legacy and will aspire to seek new markets, innovative ideas and new flavours to awaken the senses.

Additional information

Weight .046 kg
Dimensions 10.5 × 5.5 × 2.5 cm


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