22 May 2017

General G.4 (All White) Blue Mint - Review. 22 May 2017.

The "white snus" category has become all the rage lately. It's interesting, because when I reviewed Epok Breeze, Winnington's first white snus release, I wasn't sure if it was going to stick around. But sure enough, Winnington released more and more white products and people seemed to really dig them. Swedish Match would eventually release Zyn NT, which is a dryer product containing nicotine salts and no tobacco. Shortly after that, Swedish Match would release General Omni in 2016, which was also a dryer white product. But, unlike Zyn NT, Omni would contain a "smaller share" of tobacco. Now, Swedish Match is going all in with the white tobacco product and releasing General G.4 All White, which is a product much more similar to Epok.  It seems that the white tobacco category is here to stay.

The fact that it's called G.4 shows how serious Swedish Match is about it. G4 means Generation 4. Swedish Match considers General Los to be Generation 1, which came in 1866. Then, the portion format in 1977 is considered Generation 2. The recent G3 line is considered the third generation, which was intended to be a perfect snus - Extra Strong, Slim Fit, Long Lasting, Soft Fit, Minimal Drip.  Now we have this new product called G4.  Perhaps Swedish Match considers white tobacco to be the future, as it looks to be their fourth generation, in terms of progression of snus itself.

This is a comparison between Epok Snus and General G.4.  You can see the portions look very much the same, as does the tobacco inside.  The Epok tobacco is a little more white, and the G4 tobacco is a little more fine. When I spoke with Swedish Match I was told the flavor profile of this snus is “mint”. G4 Blue Mint comes in normal strength, but is said to have a more instant nicotine delivery than traditional snus. G4 contains 24 portions in a 19.2 gram can, which breaks down to 0.8 gram portions. Assuming “regular strength” means 8mg/g, that’s 6.4mg/portion. They told me the process used to produce this snus is a trade secret and is patent pending. They said they’re using white tobacco which is added along with natural fibers. They say the product is white before, during, and after use.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a gentle mint aroma.  I pick up peppermint, mostly, but it seems to have some natural mint in the background.  The portions are very soft to the touch and very comfortable in the lip.  You'll also experience the familiar cooling sensation in the lip when you put a portion in, which is common of the mint snus format.  As far as the flavor goes, it reminds me of mint chewing gum.  The flavor is very gentle and mildly sweet.  I pick up peppermint as well as natural mint in the taste profile, however at times I can almost detect a very faint hint of spearmint in the background.  The taste of this snus lasts about 45 minutes.  When it comes to the nicotine, it feels to be about regular strength.  I can feel it a little quicker than the average snus product, but it's not instant by any means.

As far as the white snus format goes, it's a pretty decent product.   It's interesting that Epok made such an impact on the market that Swedish Match released this product, as well.  I'm interested to see if Swedish Match releases more of these in the future, or if other companies do the same.

19 May 2017

Skruf SuperSlim Fresh (White Portion) - Review. 18 May 2017.

When Swedish Match launched G3 Mint Super Slim White Strong in 2016, I wasn't sure if the "super slim" format would be something that caught on. In early 2017, they released another super slim, G3 Super Slim White Strong.  Now, it appears as though Skruf is jumping on board the super slim train.  This month, they released two new products in the super slim format: Skruf Original White SuperSlim and Skruf Fresh White SuperSlim. Skruf describes this product by saying "Skruf SuperSlim Fresh White is a white portion snus with a fresh taste of mint. Superslim is a narrower and more discreet format than our other slim portions and can therefore be perceived as even more comfortable under the lip. A box contains 30 servings."

Looking at a comparison between a regular sized portion, a slim portion, and a super slim portion, you can see that the super slim portion is, well, super slim.  A can contains 30 portions and weighs 16.5 grams, which means each portion weighs 0.55 grams.  To put it into context, a SuperSlim portion contains about as much tobacco as a mini portion.  This is a regular strength product, so assuming it's 8mg/g (0.8%), that would put the nicotine per portion at 4.4mg/portion.  I'm surprised Skruf released these as regular strength.  Had they released them as strong, a super slim pouch could contain as much nicotine as a regular strength, regular sized snus portion.

I reviewed the regular Skruf Slim Fresh White in the past, as well as the Skruf Slim Fresh Xtra Stark and found those to be enjoyable snuses. They both seem to be pretty popular as well, from what I've gathered.  This SuperSlim version is no different from the regular strength Skruf Slim Fresh White, other than the size of the portion.

When you open the can, the smell that comes through is predominantly peppermint, but with a mild hint of menthol in the background.  The portion is quite slim, being a SuperSlim portion, and has a soft portion material that feels nice in the lip!  Being a mint snus, you'll experience the familiar mild cooling sensation that comes along with this flavor profile.  The taste is very much the same as regular sized Skruf Slim Fresh - a mild, lightly sweet taste of peppermint with a gentle hint of menthol in the background.  The taste lasts a good amount of time, I can usually enjoy this snus for up to an hour, sometimes more!  The nicotine strength is lighter than regular strength, but still feels adequate.

Super slim is an interesting portion format.  Personally, it's not something I would use.  But there are a lot of snus users who are concerned with discretion, and this is a great way to consume snus and be discrete about it.  The portions feel more substantial in the lip than mini portions, which is a plus.  If you like the flavor of regular Skruf Slim Fresh but want something in a super slim format, give this one a try!

18 May 2017

Skruf SuperSlim Original (White Portion) - Review. 18 May 2017.

When Swedish Match launched G3 Mint Super Slim White Strong in 2016, I wasn't sure if the "super slim" format would be something that caught on. In early 2017, they released another super slim, G3 Super Slim White Strong.  Now, it appears as though Skruf is jumping on board the super slim train.  This month, they released two new products in the super slim format: Skruf Original White SuperSlim and Skruf Fresh White SuperSlim. Skruf describes this product by saying "Skruf SuperSlim Original White comes in a narrower and more discreet format than our other slim portions and can therefore be perceived as more comfortable under the lip. It is a classic white portion of snus with a well balanced and mild tobacco flavor. A box contains 30 servings."

Looking at a comparison between a regular sized portion, a slim portion, and a super slim portion, you can see that the super slim portion is, well, super slim.  A can contains 30 portions and weighs 16.5 grams, which means each portion weighs 0.55 grams.  To put it into context, a SuperSlim portion contains about as much tobacco as a mini portion.  This is a regular strength product, so assuming it's 8mg/g (0.8%), that would put the nicotine per portion at 4.4mg/portion.  I'm surprised Skruf released these as regular strength.  Had they released them as strong, a super slim pouch could contain as much nicotine as a regular strength, regular sized snus portion.

If you've ever had the Norwegian Skruf White Portion, this one is virtually the same, but in a super slim portion. When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a mild citrus smell with a light floral sweetness. The portions are quite slim, but they don’t feel too small. The portion material is also soft, which feels comfortable in the lip. This snus tastes like you would expect from Skruf: a mild taste of citrus accompanied by a light floral sweetness due to the rose oil that Skruf uses in their recipes. There is a very light tobacco flavor in the background, but it’s not too bold. The flavor on these lasts a good amount of time, between an hour and an hour and a half. The nicotine strength feels to be lighter than a regular strength snus, being that it’s probably between 4mg/portion and 5mg/portion.

Super slim is an interesting portion format.  Personally, it's not something I would use.  But there are a lot of snus users who are concerned with discretion, and this is a great way to consume snus and be discrete about it.  The portions feel more substantial in the lip than mini portions, which is a plus.  If you like the flavor of regular Skruf White Portion but want something in a super slim format, give this one a try!

17 May 2017

Oden's Lakrits (White Portion) - Review. 17 May 2017.

I've been a fan of Oden's Lakrits for a long time now. The regular strength Oden's Lakrits (Original Portion) is one of my top 5 licorice snus products. Now, GN Tobacco has launched a regular strength version of Oden's Lakrits in white portion. GNT previously focused on white dry portions, but has been expanding to more white portions recently. There isn't a product description for this product yet, but the one for Oden's Extreme Licorice on SnusCENTRAL.com basically says what this one tastes like: "Oden's Licorice Portion Snus has a flavor of tobacco and fresh licorice."  This snus comes in a 15 gram can with 15 portions, for 1 gram portions!  The nicotine content is 9mg/g (0.9%), which easily breaks down to 9mg/portion.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a present smell of black licorice. If you've ever had the black Jelly Belly jelly beans, it smells and tastes a lot like those! The portion material is very soft and feels great in the lip. I do suggest fluffing these portions, as the tobacco is pretty compacted within the portion.  Being a white portion, the flavor is going to develop a little slower, but it will last longer!  The taste is a mild, pleasant taste of licorice with a mild hint of tobacco in the background.  The licorice comes through with a mild sweetness.  It's a very pleasant flavor!  The nicotine strength is regular, which means it's not going to be strong like most Oden's products.  The flavor also lasts quite a while, I can enjoy this snus for up to an hour, sometimes more!

If you're a fan of licorice snus, this is a great release that is well worth a try!

Oden's Cold (White Portion) - Review. 17 May 2017.

Oden's Cold has become quite the popular product line lately. One of their products, Oden's Cold Extreme (White Dry) is one of the mint snuses that I see people posting about the most on social media. The Cold line has grown to include more nicotine strengths and formats and now comes Oden's Cold in a white portion with regular strength! They previously launched a higher nicotine version of it in October 2015, Oden's Cold Extreme White Portion. When it comes to this particular product, I couldn't find a flavor description. However, the one for the original portion version says basically what I assume this one would say: "It's a great spearmint flavored snus that's coming on fresh but smooth and not sweet. A regular nicotine content and real freshness give you all you need."  This snus comes in a 15 gram can with 15 portions, for 1 gram portions!  The nicotine content is 9mg/g (0.9%), which easily breaks down to 9mg/portion.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a mild, pleasant smell of spearmint. It's not too sweet, either. The portions are white, very soft, and quite comfortable in the lip. Since this is a mint snus, I get a mild cooling presence in the lip, but I also get a mild burn, as well! The flavor is unique for a mint snus, it has a minty flavor but it isn't too sweet. The taste of spearmint comes through in a mild way, and isn't accompanied by a bunch of sweetness. The flavor develops slower, since it's a white portion, and lasts up to the hour mark. The nicotine strength is regular, so it isn't going to be too strong. As someone who enjoys regular strength snus, I found myself quite impressed with this one.

If you're a fan of mint snus and want something that isn't too sweet and comes with a regular nicotine strength, this is definitely one to try!

Oden's Extreme Fudge - Coming Soon! 17 May 2017.

I have long been a fan of Olde Ving Fudge, by GN Tobacco. It's the only chocolate flavored snus product on the market, until now. GN Tobacco will be releasing Oden's Extreme Fudge soon! Currently it's listed as a chewing tobacco version on Tabac-Trends.ch, but from what I've heard a snus version should be coming soon.  There aren't many chocolate products on the market, so this will increase the number to 2!  When there are 97,494,842 mint products available, it's nice to see companies diversifying a bit.

15 May 2017

Göteborg's Rapé (White Strong) - Review. 15 May 2017.

Göteborg's Rapé White Strong is a new-ish product from Swedish Match. Some of you may remember last summer I reviewed Göteborg's Rapé White Stark, which was a limited edition GR produced in partnership with Salong Betong, a Swedish tattoo shop. The product was released as a limited edition, but once it was gone people kept asking for Swedish Match to bring it back! They heard the voice of the fans and now Göteborg's Rapé White Strong is back as a full time addition to the lineup! The product description says, "Almost 100 years after the original, we are now launching Göteborg’s Rapé permanently in a stronger variant - Göteborg’s Rapé White Strong. A strong snus with 1.2% nicotine content and the characteristic flavor of Göteborg’s Rapé. The snus has a light and spicy tobacco character with clear elements of lavender and juniper, as well as some wood and citrus. A portion that is dry on the surface with moist content for low drip and a lasting taste release.” This snus comes in a 21.6 gram with 24 portions weighing 0.9 grams each. The nicotine content is 12mg/g (1.2%), or 10.8mg/portion.

If you had last summer’s release, this product is the exact same, but in a different can. Göteborg’s Rapé is flavored with juniper, which is best known for flavoring gin. If you’ve had gin, you know what that tastes like. If not, it’s a slightly bitter fruit taste, almost bittersweet. When you open the can of GR Stark, the aroma is a present juniper smell with hints of lemon, herbs, and floral notes. The portions are soft to the touch and feel great in the lip! Juniper is very present in the taste, and it’s accompanied by a light citrusy taste, as well as herbal and floral notes. The flavor lasts about an hour, so you’ll get a good amount of life out of this snus. The nicotine is strong, clocking in at 12mg/g. However, it isn’t too strong. I do notice a little extra nicotine with this one, but not too much. It’s not enough that it’s going to knock you out or anything.  If you're a fan of Göteborg's Rapé and want a little extra nicotine, this is a great product to try!