American Snuff Company Cotton Boll Twist

Notes: Really an old chewing tobacco brand, but pipe smokers have been known to try it for an "out of this world" nicotine hit. Looks like a Gawith rope, but much stronger. It is the strongest tobacco I have smoked. [A spokesman with American Snuff Co. informs us it is made of air-cured tobacco. -admin]


Brand American Snuff Company
Blended By  
Manufactured By American Snuff Company
Blend Type American
Contents Burley
Cut Rope
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Very Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.63 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 07, 2015 Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
Summary: This raw twist was designed for chewing, but offers a strong nicotine hit with a warm Burley flavor.

Much as any hobbyist pursues extremes, smokers have sought the American Snuff Company "Cotton Bowl Twist" for its reputed cosmic nicotine hit. While it is stronger than most blends by a long shot, it is not as far removed from classics like the European and English twists as some might like to think. When sliced and rubbed out, this very dry tobacco burns steadily like a Burley and offers up a robust flavor of natural tobacco with a slight buttery or oily flavor, possibly like overcooked restaurant oil. It mixes extremely well with other ingredients, taking on some of their flavor and injecting its own as a background note. The flavor reveals more its simple curing than a particular blend although the nuttiness of Burley is present. While this is an enjoyable smoke, the greater attention to curing on other twists, such as the Samuel Gawith skyrockets, calls to the palate.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2014 Strong None Detected Very Mild Pleasant
Cotton Ball Twist is labeled as a chewing tobacco but I actually prefer it as a smoke. In days past ropes & twists were used for either smoking or chewing, a practice I still personally partake in. The moisture content this rope arrives in makes it well-suited for this use.

Appearance: Brownish black pigtail twist. Fat on the top loop tapering down substantially in gauge as it gets to the twisted end. The top section of the loop being aprox 50-52 gauge and the twisted end being slightly smaller then a cigarette.

Packing: Comes in rope form so expect the usual cut/clip rub-out to get it ready for the pipe. Some consider this an annoyance..I happen to like the ritual. I prefer to cut this into tiny cubes. Loads nice and easy that way.

Lighting: Lights easily but depending on your sample's moisture you may need to play around with either hydrate/dehydrate to get to your preferred case & proper burning characteristic.

Taste: Ahh..Nice pure clean flavor. By my taster that's the best word to describe it. Clean. No flavors. Just pure tobacco. This is good stuff. This stays true all the way down to the end. If you start tasting ash, check your pipe. The tobacco is gone. You won't be finding some clump of soggy dottle, this leaves behind nothing but dry ash. Cotton Boll burns cool and clean. I had to go out of my way, puffing like a locomotive to try and get Cotton Boll to even threaten a bite and even then it barely nipped. Room note was nice to me but I doubt this will be passing many wife tests..

Don't look for any hints of pepper/fruit/vanilla/red wine etc etc etc its just a pure clean tobacco and in my opinion that's its greatest strength. If your palette has become overloaded from VaPers, Lat bombs, Aro's or whatnot and you need a break, give this a try. To me its like the pipe equivalent of a nice tall glass of cold water. Refreshing and pure. While most of the time we're all enjoying our other flavors (been on quite a VaPer kick myself lately 🙂 sometimes its nice to just have a smoke..Four stars from me and this is always in my rotation for the reason listed above.

Oh yeah one more thing, the warnings of high Vitamin N content should not be overlooked, the force is strong with this one. I smoke non-filtered cigarettes and could drop half a can of Kodiak in my mouth without batting an eye. I can actually feel this one after finishing a pipe..those sensitive to the ole' saint nic need not apply
Pipe Used: Smokes best in a cob for me. Yum!
PurchasedFrom: lilbrown
Age When Smoked: New & aged..
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 06, 2019 Overwhelming None Detected Very Full Unnoticeable
Love Love Love, cotton boll twist..... Primarily a “chewer” of this tobacco, I love it when my “pipe smoking friends” ask me for a bit to sample in their pipes when they discover that it doesn’t contain any sugars or other flavorings that will clog their pipes and lungs.... -they turn just as green smoking it as I did from chewing it the first time many years ago.... it never gets old.
PurchasedFrom: Alabama Coushatta’s smoke shop, Livingston, Texas
Age When Smoked: 45
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