Thus when you pick up a tin of English made tobacco it is important to know the age of that tin in order to determine the character and maturity of the tobacco, where the tobacco was blended and who was the actual blender.Fortunately, it is in fact possible to approximately date English tinned tobacco.In either case, once the point is activated the outer top is placed on the inner top and pressed down with the result that the cutting point pierces the inner top.
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The 1970s also saw the beginnings of a concentration of the English tobacco industry and by the end of the decade for instance, both Dunhill and had farmed out production of their blends to third party English blenders with noticeable changes in the blends resulting from the transitions.
Twenty years later, in the 1990's, production of most English blends (Dunhill being the most notable exception) shifted to the Continent resulting in quite significant changes in the blending and characteristics of the blends, the most important of which being the common use of chemical additives.
The removable top of this type of tin is about a quarter inch smaller than the circumference of the tin.
The top is levered open via a lever that is permanently hinged to the top.
The 'pop top' or 'ring pull' tin was introduced in the 1970's and like the 'coin twist' continues in use through today.
In essence it is a modern day 'knife lid' with a disposable inner metal top that is pulled away and a plastic outer top that is used to cover the tin after initial opening.Generally Dating English Tins There are three major types of English tobacco tins as well as some minor varieties: The 'knife lid' or 'cutter top' tin style appears to have come into use during World War I (although there may be evidence of late 19 century use) and was generally used through the 1960s.This tin type has two tops, a disposable metal inner top used to create an airtight seal and a loose metal outer top.and placed very strict limitations on the use of natural additives.Out of these restrictions arose the traditional English blends, blends which derive their distinctive aroma and flavor from the natural properties of the tobacco as opposed to chemical additives.Beginning in the mid to late 1970's however, rising interest rates and the invasion of the industry by MBAs forced the use of younger tobacco.