SE is proud to present our 3-oz. Snifter Bottle for Gold Panning. When to use the snifter bottle in the gold panning process: The snifter is used after you’ve panned down to gold or nearly so. Our small, hand-sized, flexible clear plastic snifter bottle has a small tube attached to its end. Squeeze the snifter bottle to create a vacuum inside so the submerged gold can easily be sucked up through the tube.