16 February 2017

Offroad Selection (Gold & Blue) - Previews. 16 February 2016.

It appears as though V2 Tobacco is releasing two new products under a new "Offroad Selection" label. Via a listing at SnusBolaget.se, we see that they have already released Offroad Blue as of yesterday.  Offroad Selection Gold looks to be released on February 22nd. I originally reviewed Offroad Gold in 2015, however in November of 2016 V2 announced they would be discontinuing it to reformulate the recipe. It looks like this product will more than likely be that reformulation.

At SnusBolaget, the product description says, " The news Offroad Blue Selection Portion has a flavor that many snus consumers recognize and appreciate. The flavor consists mostly of juniper, which gives the snus a balanced acidity and spiciness. In V2 Tobacco Offroad Selection Series includes Offroad Blue Selection Portion and Offroad Gold Selection Pouches."  When it comes to juniper flavored snus from V2, I haven't been the biggest fan. I didn't really like their Phantom Blue Portion snus, so we will see if I like this one!

Once I get some of these new products I'll be doing a review so stay tuned!

13 February 2017

Thunder Sweet Mint (Slim White Dry) - Review. 13 February 2017.

V2 Tobacco has released a new mint snus, and it isn't one in their exiting Frosted or Cool Mint lineup. This is a brand new product with a brand new flavor: Thunder Sweet Mint (Slim White Dry). V2 describes the flavor as "Sweet mint/menthol". The only website I've seen this for sale at is MSorensen.no and they describe it as having "a sweet tangy flavor of mint".
This snus has a 15.4 gram can weigh with 22 portions, for 0.7 gram portions. The nicotine is 1.6% or 16mg/g. That comes out to 11.2mg/portion.  The can design is a new look, as well.  It has the usual Thunder logo, but the rest of the graphics and design looks completely different. For some reason, this can design makes me think of David Bowie's Aladdin Sane album.  I'm sure some you know what I'm talking about.

When you open the can, the aroma is much like Thunder Cool Mint (Slim White Dry), a personal favorite of mine. However, the peppermint aroma is a bit more sharp. When you put a portion in you'll encounter a mild burn and a gentle cooling presence. The portions are dryer than your average white portion, but don't feel too uncomfortable in the lip. The flavor is a sharp peppermint taste that comes through with more sweetness than Thunder Cool Mint. One thing I like about this one is that I can also taste tobacco in the background, which isn't common of most mint snus products.  The nicotine kick is also quite strong!  Even though I mentioned above that it's only 11.2mg/portion, it feels quite strong.  This snus definitely kicks like an extra strong.  The flavor lasts quite a long time as well, which is common of the white dry format.  I'm able to enjoy this snus for up to almost 2 hours, which is very impressive!

If you're a fan of mint snus, and like a sweeter peppermint flavor, this is one to be on the lookout for!

12 February 2017

Snubie.com Snus Podcast - Episode 029. 12 February 2017.

Episode #29 of our podcast is now up! You can access it for streaming/downloading at our Podomatic Page or if you're an iTunes listener, it will be available on our iTunes Page once it processes.

The twenty-ninth episode of the Snubie.com Snus Podcast is a Q and A special! In this episode we provide some snus news (as usual) and Chad takes your questions!

11 February 2017

2016 Snus Awards Sale! 11 February 2017.

Recently, we announced the winners of the 2016 Snus Awards. This is the second year we have done the Snus Awards and it is a way for snusers to say what they thought the best products were of the previous year in a variety of categories! If you missed the results, they're available here, in text format or here, in video format. Just like last time, our friends at SnusCENTRAL.com are going to put many of the winners on sale for an entire week. From February 13th to February 20th, you'll be able to get many of the winners of the 2016 Snus Awards at a discount!  There were a lot of great products that won this year so I know many snusers are going to be excited about some of the winners that will be put on sale!

2016 Snus Award Winners:
Some of the 2016 Snus Awards winners that will be on sale:

General Mackmyra Los - buy 10 cans, get 5 free
- Best new loose snus

General Mackmyra Portion - buy 10 cans, get 5 free
- Best new original portion, best new alcohol flavored snus, Best new regular strength snus, Best new Swedish Match product, Best new can design, Best new snus overall

G3 Slim White Mint Extra Strong - buy 10 cans, get 5 free
- Best new mint/menthol snus

Epok Strong Ice Cool Mint - 9% off (cans and rolls)
- Best new wihte/purified snus

Offroad X White Dry Arctic Explorer - buy 10 cans, get 2 free
- Best new V2 Tobacco product

Siberia Brown - buy 10 cans, get 2 free
- Best new ultra/super strong snus

Anglaholm White - buy 10 cans, get 2 free
- Best new GNT Product

Oden’s No3 White - buy 10 cans, get 2 free
- Best new traditiona/bergamot flavored snus

Oden’s Extreme Wintergreen Slim White Dry - buy 10 cans, get 2 free
- Best new wintergreen snus

Oden’s Cold Extreme Slim White Dry - buy 10 cans, get 2 free
- Best new white dry snus

Other Snus On Sale:
SnusCENTRAL also put some of my other favorite products on sale, as well:

Goteborg’s Rape Original Portion - buy 10 cans, get 5 free

General Original Portion - buy 10 cans, get 5 free - buy 10 cans, get 5 free

General Extra Strong - buy 10 cans, get 5 free

Thunder Cool M Slim White Dry - 9% off (cans and rolls)

Link to the sale at SnusCENTRAL.com

Kaliber+ (Original & White) Extra Strong - Reviews. 11 February 2017.

Not too long ago, fans of Mustang Snus were saddened to find out that Swedish Match was discontinuing those products. They did, however, announce those products would live on in Kaliber+. Swedish Match said, "To make room for new and updated versions of other snus brands, Mustang original portion and Mustang white portion will be discontinued this spring. In its place, we launch the new product Kaliber+, which has a similar flavor. Kaliber+ is available as both original portion and white portion from February and onwards."  Going into these products, I expected them to be an exact clone of Mustang.  It's true that they are similar, but I did notice some differences in these products.  The can designs are similar to other products in the Kaliber line, having a very simple and clean look.

Kaliber+ Original Portion

The flavor description of Kaliber+ Original Portion says, "A dark and spicy tobacco taste with notes of lingonberries and bergamot, along with hints of cocoa and bitter orange."
The can is an 18g can with 20 portions, or 0.9 gram portions. The nicotine content is 1.4%, or 14mg/g, which equals out to about 12.6mg per portion of nicotine.

When you open the can, you'll notice the portions are quite moist.  The aroma that greets you is a robust tobacco smell with hints of citrus, pepper and a light lingonberry presence.  The flavor starts off with lingonberry and well rounded tobacco.  The longer you have it in the more you'll notice the taste of citrus develop, which is complimented by a subtle spiciness from the pepper.  The lingonberry flavor is interesting.  It weaves in and out of the flavor profile.  I notice it a lot at front, and then it comes in and out of the taste while I keep the portion in.  Eventually the lingonberry flavor fades and you're left with just the taste of tobacco, citrus and pepper.  I would say the flavor is close to Mustang Original Portion with one difference:  this one has a lingonberry taste whereas Mustang had more of a dried fruit blend taste.  The nicotine content is 14mg/g and 12.6mg/portion.  I do feel a little extra nicotine from this one but I would say it feels closer to a strong than an extra strong.  Don't let the extra strong name scare you, it's not going to be too strong if you're not used to the extra strong level. The flavor lasts about as long as most original portions. I can enjoy this one for up to the 45 minute to an hour mark.

Kaliber+ White Portion

The flavor description of Kaliber+ White Portion says, "A mellow and spicy tobacco taste with distinct notes of bergamot and tea, along with hints of rose and cardamom."  The can is an 18g can with 20 portions, or 0.9 gram portions. The nicotine content is 1.4%, or 14mg/g, which equals out to about 12.6mg per portion of nicotine.

When you open the can you'll notice the portions look like your regular white portion.  The portion material itself is soft to the touch and feels comfortable in the lip.  The aroma that comes through is mild tobacco, a light touch of citrus, and a little pepper.  As far as the flavor goes, it starts with a mild tobacco character.  The longer you have the portion in the more you'll notice the citrus flavor develop and a touch of pepper in the background.  There is a light tea-like presence to this snus, as well.  I don't detect any rose or cardamom in the flavor, however.  I was really hoping to encounter that, but I didn't notice it. If I had to compare it to something, I would say it's close to General White Portion, but the citrus and pepper flavors are more mild.  The flavor lasts quite a while, I've had these in for up to an hour and a half.  The nicotine strength isn't too strong.  Like the original portion, it's 14mg/g or 12.6mg/portion.  It feels closer to a strong than an extra strong and isn't going to knock you out by any means!

As far as these two products go, I'd say the original portion was the better of the two and one that I might re-order again.  The white portion is nothing spectacular.  But, if you're a fan of the traditional Swedish Snus flavor profile and want to save a few bucks it might be one to try out.

08 February 2017

New GN Tobacco Organic Snus - Preview. 8 February 2017.

It appears GN Tobacco is set to release a new snus in their GN Organic line. Clove Explosion White Dry and Clove Explosion White were the first products released in the GN Organic line. That line is called "organic" because GNT does not include any added flavors in that line. Clove Explosion was flavored with natural clove from Indonesia.

This one is an Oden's Snus and doesn't appear to have a name.  The can says "Release The Natural Tobacco Within".  From what I've been told, this is an all natural tobacco snus with no added flavor.  I am very excited about this release because you don't see a lot of snus products released that are tobacco with no added flavors.  So, this is one I am very much looking forward to trying!

Jakobsson's Cola (Strong) - Review. 8 February 2017.

Cola is a very underrepresented flavor in the snus world. In 2011 we had Thunder Cola Portion (Discontinued).  In 2011 we also had Thunder Cola Chrome Long+ (Discontinued).  Also in 2011 we saw the release of Offroad Cola White (Discontinued).  In 2012 we had Thunder Cola Los (Discontinued).  In 2016 we saw the Limited Edition release of Offroad Cool A.  As you can see, cola isn't a popular flavor and it doesn't stick around long before it's discontinued. Prior to this release, Oden's Cola Extreme is the only cola flavored snus still produced.  I reviewed that one back in 2013.  Now, Gotlandssnus is releasing their own cola flavored product.  This one is a new release from Gotlandssnus under the new Henrik Jakobssons Special line.  I'm not sure if it's a limited release or not, however.

The product description says, "The new Jakobsson's Strong Specialty Cola has a clear taste of Cola with some sweetness and hints of citrus."  This product comes in a 20 gram can with 20 portions, meaning 1 gram portions.  The nicotine content is 1.4%, or 14mg/g.  With 1 gram portions that comes out to 14mg/portion.

I was really excited when I heard about this snus. I love cola flavored snus. When Thunder Cola was discontinued, it left a pretty big hole in my heart. Since Oden's Kola isn't easy for us to get in the US, I haven't had a good cola snus in a while. A friend of mine in Sweden sent me some cans of this and, needless to say, I've been enjoying it!

The first thing I want to mention about this product is the portions.  These don't feel like any Jakobsson's portions I've had in the past.  They are extremely soft and silky to the touch.  It feels as though it is a completely different portion material.  They are also more moist than most Jakobsson's portions I've had in the past.  When you open then can, the aroma that comes through is a mildly sweet cola smell.  The smell isn't overly sweet, nor is it overly artificial.  The portions feel absolutely sublime in the lip.  Not only are they soft to the touch, but they feel quite soft in the lip as well!  I noticed the flavor description mentioned citrus, but I didn't detect it in the flavor, nor did I detect it in the aroma.  If you've ever had Thunder Cola in the past, the flavor reminds me of that, but it's a little less sweet.  The flavor is a present and straightforward cola taste.  It has a touch of sweetness to it, but it isn't overdone and it complements the cola flavor quite well!  I mentioned earlier than the nicotine strength is 14mg/g, however it doesn't feel too strong.  I do notice it to be stronger than a regular strength snus, but it's not too strong.  The flavor lasts a good amount of time as well.  It mellows out at around the 30 minute mark, but the cola taste kicks around for 45 minutes to an hour.

This snus won't be for everybody.  If you're not a fan of sweeter tasting snus, you may not dig this one.  But if you like cola flavored snus, this is an absolute must try.