04 April 2020

Bull Dog: Canvas Cold (Extreme White Portion) - Review. 4 April 2020.

GN Tobacco has joined the white tobacco category, previously occupied solely by products like Swedish Match's G4 and Fiedler and Lundgren's Epok, with their new product line - Bull Dog!  GN Tobacco also makes nicotine pouches in their White Fox line, but this is slightly different.  It is all white like nicotine pouches, but it contains white tobacco.  I saw this for sale on SnusMe.com, so I recently got a few cans to try out.  The flavor description from the Odens Snus EU store says, "Bull Dog is a near “All White” product with just a minimum of tobacco. Powerful but well rounded and flavorful flavor blend with clear and cooling flavors of real mint oils." Each can weighs 20 grams and has 20 portions, for 1g portions. The nicotine content is 22mg/g (2.2%), or 22mg/portion.

I do like to do a "cut test" anytime I encounter a new product, just to look at what's inside the pouch. To be clear, I don't know how GNT makes their all white snus. Traditionally, white tobacco products undergo a water-based cleansing process. I'm assuming that is the case with this one, but again, I don't know for sure.  You can see the portion and the tobacco looks very similar to regular snus except it is, of course, all white.  The bottom of the can lists tobacco as an ingredient, and not plant fiber (G4 has both), so I'm assuming this is solely tobacco inside the pouch.

When you open the can, the aroma is a smooth, lightly sweet spearmint smell. Honestly, this product reminds me a lot of their Blue White Fox in terms of aroma and taste.  The portions are quite plump, and feel soft to the touch.  They're comfortable under the lip, and do come with a light cooling presence, since it's a mint product.  The flavor is a smooth, gentle, refreshing, lightly sweet spearmint flavor.  Again, a lot like the Blue White Fox.  The nicotine feels to be between strong and extra strong, and it has a solid kick to it.  The flavor lasts about as long as an original portion, usually 45 minutes on average.  This was a pretty interesting product.  If you like white tobacco like G4 and Epok, you may enjoy this one!

03 April 2020

Jakobssons StrongCola (White Slim) - Review. 3 April 2020.

Today, we're talking about a brand new product from Gotlandssnus, Jakobssons StrongCola Slim White! As you probably already know, I really enjoy cola flavored snus. My all time favorite Cola snus is Thunder Cola, which sadly was discontinued a few years ago. After that was discontinued, Gotlandssnus launched Jakobsson's Strong Cola (Original), which I've kept in rotation since it launched.  However, I felt the flavor was a bit much, so I can't use it full time. This one, however, fixes that! I got a few cans of it from SnusMe.com, and I've really, really been enjoying it!  The flavor description says, "A smaller portion with less drip.  Has a clear taste of cola with some sweetness and notes of citrus. A long, narrow, dry surface with a low moisture content and a lasting taste release."  Each can weighs 13g and has 20 portions for 0.65g portions. The nicotine content is 14mg/g (1.4%), or 9.1mg/portion.

When you open the can, the aroma is a present, lightly sweet cola smell. It's less present than the original portion version, but you still get a pretty present aroma. The portions are slim, and almost silky smooth to the touch. They're only 0.65g each, but they still feel pretty substantial in the lip. The flavor is a pretty balanced, tasty cola flavor. The cola flavor is present, but milder than the original portion version. It has a mild sweetness to it, and tastes quite refreshing.  The nicotine strength, while 14mg/g, is only 9.1mg/portion and feels to be around the regular strength level. I find the flavor lasts quite a while; I can enjoy it for a little over an hour on average!  This snus has already worked it's way into my full time rotation, that's how much I like it.

If you like cola snus, this is a must try.  It is a very well balanced, refreshing, tasty snus!

02 April 2020

Siberia X-Tremely Black (Original Portion) - Review. 2 April 2020.

Since GNT launched Siberia Snus years back, it has become incredibly popular. In fact, the whole mega/ultra strong category (43mg/g+) has grown a lot, too. I don't personally use products this strong, but a lot of people seem to.  Most of these super strong products (such as Siberia, or Thunder X) are mint flavored.  WOW! Summer Honey is citrus/honey flavored, but there really isn't a tobacco flavored one, until now.  I grabbed a few cans of it from SnusMe.com to review, so this should be fun.  From OdensSnus EU store, I found this flavor description: "Classic and spicy Swedish tobacco flavor – peppery and with flowery elements." Each can weighs 20g and has 20 portions, for 1g portions. The nicotine content is 43mg/g (4.3%), or 43mg/portion (since it’s 1 gram portions).

When you open the can, there is a robust, powerful tobacco smell with hints of pepper and a light floral tone in the background. This one reminds me a lot of Oden's Extreme Original Portion, but with an added floral presence.  The portions are nice and plump, and quite moist, with a quick release of flavor.  Though the can says "Portion Black" on it, it is not a black portion, it is an original portion.  When you put one under the lip, you do encounter a mild burn.  The flavor is actually pretty good, it's a shame this is too strong for me to use full time, because I really dig the taste.  The tobacco flavor is dark, robust, and rich.  It also has a really peppery backbone to it, which compliments the tobacco flavor quite well.  There are mildly sweet floral tones in the background which serve as a nice hint to the taste!

Now, for nicotine and flavor longevity.  I timed it, and I feel the nicotine at 2.5 minutes, and I can't keep it in any longer than 11 minutes.  I don't use a lot of really strong stuff, so that's normal for me.  I imagine if you use mega/ultra strong products like this, you'll probably be able to keep it in for 45 minutes, like most original portions.  And the nicotine, to me, feels as strong as Siberia Brown.  So it has quite a kick to it.

As far as this product goes, I won't use it again, it isn't for me.  That's not saying it's bad; I found it to be quite tasty!  It's just too strong for me.  If you like really strong products and want a tobacco flavored one, rejoice - it's here!

29 March 2020

NIXS Nicotine Pouches: Salmiak (Strong) - Review. 29 March 2020.

A friend of mine recently told me about a new nicotine pouch store shipping to the US, Niqopods.online. I was browsing, and saw a new brand of nicotine pouches I'd never heard of before called NIXS.  While I'm primarily a snus user, I do like to enjoy these new nicotine pouch products from time to time.  This is another one that contains plant fiber and nicotine, but is free from tobacco.  It also uses xylitol as a sweetener.  When it comes to NIXS Salmiak, the product description says, "With Nixs Salmiak under your lip you will get the wonderful taste of salty salmiak combined with a pleasant nicotine experience."  Each can weighs 16g and has 18 portions, for 0.89g portions.  The nicotine content is 12mg/g (1.2%), or 10.68mg/portion.

When you open the can, a mildly sweet black licorice aroma greets you. The portions are nice and plump, and not the usual slim size! They're also quite soft under the lip. There also seems to a light tingle/cooling presence under the lip with this one. As far as the flavor goes, it's pretty tasty. The black licorice flavor is present, and comes with a nice salt balance and a mild sweetness. The nicotine on this one feels to be a touch stronger than regular strength, and the flavor lasts around 40-45 minutes on average.  I enjoy licorice, so I really enjoyed the taste of this one.  I found it to be quite well balanced and I think nicotine pouch users who like licorice are going to dig this one!

28 March 2020

Shiro True North X-Strong (Nicotine Pouches) - Review. 28 March 2020.

AG Snus has released another new nicotine pouch product in their Shiro line: Shiro True North All White X-Strong! I've reviewed a few Shiro products before, first with Cool Mint Strong and Sweet Mint in July of 2019, and Virginia Classic in January of 2020. The flavor description says it has a "taste of menthol". Shiro comes in a 12g can with 20 portions, for 0.6g portions. What's interesting about this one is that when Shiro Cool Mint launched, I was told it was 20mg/g of nicotine. And that one was just called a strong. This one is listed as an X-Strong, at 12mg/g (1.2%), which is only 7.2mg/portion.

When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is a mild, sweet smell of peppermint with a hint of menthol. The portions are slim, quite soft, and feel great under the lip! Being a mint product, you'll encounter a mild cooling presence when you put one under the lip. The flavor of peppermint is present, but mild, with a light sweetness to it. There's also a light touch of menthol to the flavor as well. As far as the nicotine goes, this stuff is strong. I don't use a lot of really strong stuff, but I felt it almost immediately and could only keep a portion in for about 10 minutes. I'm not sure if it's stronger than 12mg/g, but it feels well above the extra stark level. I can't speak to how long the flavor lasts, since I couldn't keep it in too long.

If you're a nicotine pouch user, and you like really strong nicotine levels, you will probably like this one.  It's much too strong for me, personally.  But mint lovers who want something with a kick, here you go!

27 March 2020

WOW! Summer Honey (White Explosion) - Review. 27 March 2020.

Back in March of 2018 I reviewed WOW! Summer Honey (White Dry Explosion), a stronger, white dry version of WOW! Sunny Honey.  WOW! is a product line from SPT (Scandinavian Premium Tobacco), which was acquired by GN Tobacco a few years ago.  I was browsing SnusMe.com recently and found out that a white portion version of WOW! Summer Honey exists, so I figured I'd give it a shot. This one, like the other one, is said to have "a taste of honey". This one comes in a 20g can with 21 portions, for 0.95g each. The nicotine content is 43mg/g (4.3%), or 40.95mg/portion.

When you open the can, there is a present smell of orange/lemon. In the background there’s a light hint of honey, and a light floral hint. The portions are the white type, and soft to the touch, as well as comfortable in the lip! When you put a portioning, there’s a mild burn in the lip as well. The flavor is pretty pleasant! There’s a warm honey flavor, accompanied by fresh notes of citrus. The citrus taste is mostly orange with a little lemon mixed in. There’s also some very mild floral notes in the background. The nicotine strength is quite strong, it kicks quick, and it quicks hard, feeling well above the extra strong level! I can’t keep these in for too long because of how strong it is, but I imagine it’s like most white portions, which usually lasts around an hour.

I really like the flavor of this one, but unfortunately it's much too strong for me to use full time.  However, if you like really strong products, this is a must try.  Especially since it isn't mint, which seems to be all that exists these days!

26 March 2020

NIXS Nicotine Pouches: Minty Lemon (Strong) - Review. 26 March 2020.

A friend of mine recently told me about a new nicotine pouch store shipping to the US, Niqopods.online. I was browsing, and saw a new brand of nicotine pouches I'd never heard of before called NIXS.  While I'm primarily a snus user, I do like to enjoy these new nicotine pouch products from time to time.  This is another one that contains plant fiber and nicotine, but is free from tobacco.  It also uses xylitol as a sweetener.  When it comes to NIXS Minty Lemon, the product description says, "In Nixs Minty Lemon you will experience a tasteful and carefully balanced combination of fresh mint and sour lemon."  Each can weighs 16g and has 18 portions, for 0.89g portions.  The nicotine content is 12mg/g (1.2%), or 10.68mg/portion.

I was curious to try this one, because it's been since Skruf Sun Fresh in 2014 that I've had a product that mixed mint and citrus.  When you open the can, the aroma is a tart, but fresh smell of lemon.  The portions are nice and plump, and feel great in the lip.  They're also not slim; they're the large size, so that was interesting.  There's a nice cooling presence when you put one under the lip, as well.  The lemon taste is front and center.  It's a lightly sweet, but tart, natural taste of lemon.  There is a freshness to it, but it's not overly minty.  It might be menthol, but I'm not sure.  The nicotine level on this one feels to be a little stronger than regular strength, but not too over the top.  The flavor seems to last about 45 minutes, on average.  As far as this one goes, I enjoyed it.  It's a very unique flavor.  The citrus and the mint actually blended pretty well together!