22 January 2017

Lundgren's Original X-Strong (Forbakad) - Review. 22 January 2017.

Back in 2014, I reviewed Lundgren's Forbakad, which was a pre-baked los snus. At the time, I found it to be incredibly innovative. In 2015, they launched Lundgren's Forbakad Stark, which was discontinued a little while later. Though it's hard to find Lundgren's Forbakad (regular strength) these days, it is still produced. For those who like los, these products are really neat. It's well packed and no mess los snus! I recently discovered that TabakOnline.ch had begun selling Lundgren's Forbakad as a "chewing tobacco" product, which makes it legal to sell in the EU! They describe it as: "The Lundgren's chewing tobacco is produced in Sweden by Fiedler and Lundgren, who have been producing since 1835.  With Lundgren's new "Lutschtabak", we made an even better product out of two good ideas. It is powerful and full flavor but is as easy to handle as portion snus. How do we do it? With small, preformed portions of the best tobacco that you can enjoy in no time! Lundgrens is a portioned los tobacco that combines the best of the two worlds - full taste like los tobacco and easy to handle as in the pouched version."

I also want to throw a special thank you out to Mario, a friend of Snubie.com who has helped us acquire products on the Swiss market we haven't been able to attain on our own.  We appreciate any friend of Snubie.com who helps us track down these products for review!

The side of the can contains these instructions.  Honestly, the last time I had it, I didn't even think to do instruction #2.  But this time, when I got the product, I found that I could compress the snus and re-size it to make it fit better in the lip.  I have no idea why I didn't think to do that before.  Even though this is sold as "chewing tobacco", I don't suggest chewing it.  Just use it like regular snus.  Put it under your lip and enjoy!

Doing a size comparison with regular Lundgren's Original Portion, you can see that the prilla is about as wise, but not as long.  You can compress it and mold it to where it is as long as a regular portion, but it will be a little slimmer.  There are 20 portions in a can, but I'm not sure about the weight.  They feel to be a gram each or a little less than a gram each.  They are very well compressed and don't break apart too easily!

The product description says it has a "strong tobacco flavor. Lundgren's portions are made from 39% tobacco and 61% texturizer".  When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a predominant tobacco smell with a light herbal hint in the background.  The pre-baked los is very comfortable in the lip, stays together very well, and even comes out in one piece when you are finished!  The tobacco itself is a little saltier than I usually notice with most snus I review, but honestly it isn't that bad.  If you enjoy tobacco centric snus, you will definitely enjoy this product!  The flavor is a straightforward, rich, well rounded tobacco taste.  The longer you have the prilla in the more you'll start to pick out herbal hints in the background.  The herbal hints aren't too bold, but they do compliment the tobacco taste quite well!  If you ever had the original Lundgren's Forbakad before, this tastes virtually identical to that one.  When it comes to nicotine, the kick is pretty strong.  Even though it is listed at 15mg/g, it still delivers a pretty nice kick!

If you're somewhere where you can buy these products, I definitely suggest trying them out.  Forbakad/pre-baked los is a genius concept, and I hope more companies embrace this idea in the future!  As a lover of tobacco centric snus, this is a must try.

21 January 2017

Lundgren's Mint X-Strong (Forbakad) - Review. 21 January 2017.

Back in 2014, I reviewed Lundgren's Forbakad, which was a pre-baked los snus. At the time, I found it to be incredibly innovative. In 2015, they launched Lundgren's Forbakad Stark, which was discontinued a little while later. Though it's hard to find Lundgren's Forbakad (regular strength) these days, it is still produced. For those who like los, these products are really neat. It's well packed and no mess los snus! I recently discovered that TabakOnline.ch had begun selling Lundgren's Forbakad as a "chewing tobacco" product, which makes it legal to sell in the EU! They describe it as: "The Lundgren's chewing tobacco is produced in Sweden by Fiedler and Lundgren, who have been producing since 1835.  With Lundgren's new "Lutschtabak", we made an even better product out of two good ideas. It is powerful and full flavor but is as easy to handle as portion snus. How do we do it? With small, preformed portions of the best tobacco that you can enjoy in no time! Lundgrens is a portioned los tobacco that combines the best of the two worlds - full taste like los tobacco and easy to handle as in the pouched version."

I also want to throw a special thank you out to Mario, a friend of Snubie.com who has helped us acquire products on the Swiss market we haven't been able to attain on our own.  We appreciate any friend of Snubie.com who helps us track down these products for review!

The side of the can contains these instructions.  Honestly, the last time I had it, I didn't even think to do instruction #2.  But this time, when I got the product, I found that I could compress the snus and re-size it to make it fit better in the lip.  I have no idea why I didn't think to do that before.  Even though this is sold as "chewing tobacco", I don't suggest chewing it.  Just use it like regular snus.  Put it under your lip and enjoy!

Doing a size comparison with regular Lundgren's Original Portion, you can see that the prilla is about as wise, but not as long.  You can compress it and mold it to where it is as long as a regular portion, but it will be a little slimmer.  There are 20 portions in a can, but I'm not sure about the weight.  They feel to be a gram each or a little less than a gram each.  They are very well compressed and don't break apart too easily!

The product description says it has a "spicy menthol flavor. Lundgren's portions are made from 39% tobacco and 61% texturizer."  When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a predominant smell of menthol, a touch of mint and a mild aroma of tobacco.  The pre-baked los is very comfortable in the lip, stays together very well, and even comes out in one piece when you are finished!  The tobacco itself is a little saltier than I usually notice with most snus I review, but honestly it isn't that bad.  The flavor is mostly menthol, a faint hint of mint, and a nice, well rounded tobacco flavor.  I enjoy the way the tobacco flavor and the menthol flavor work together.  I have never had a los snus with a menthol taste, so this is a first for me!  The nicotine kick is pretty strong.  Even though it is listed at 15mg/g, it still delivers a pretty nice kick!

If you're somewhere where you can buy these products, I definitely suggest trying them out.  Forbakad/pre-baked los is a genius concept, and I hope more companies embrace this idea in the future!

20 January 2017

General Cut Ice White (Regular & Extra Strong) Chew Bags - Review. 20 January 2017.

Due to the EU snus ban, it is hard for people to get harm reduced alternatives in certain parts of Europe. The EU has ignored tobacco harm reduction and embraced the "quit or die" mentality, instead. However, many snus manufacturers have found ways to get safer tobacco products into the hands of consumers. Instead of selling "snus" to the EU, they sell "chewing tobacco" or "chew bags". These products are made in the same way that snus is and carry the same harm reduced benefits, but are legal to be sold within the EU. Don't bother trying to figure that out, it doesn't make any sense and will just give you a headache when you realize the ignorance of the EU. In the past I've reviewed Thunder Chewing Tobacco & Chew Bags by V2 Tobacco, Ink Chewing Bags by AG Snus, Cruiser Chew by Gotlandssnus and General Chew Bags, a product made by Swedish Match for sale on the Swiss market.  Now, Swedish Match is doing it again and they have released General Cut onto the Czech Republic market and the Danish market. I discovered these products for sale at Mirage-Distribution.cz.   Thanks to one of our readers, I was able to get ahold of some of these for review!

As usual with these type of products, I wanted to compare the pouches and do a cut test.  Looking at the portions, you can see that they don't look much different in terms of moisture amount or size.  The portion material feels the same to the touch in both the General Cut products and the General Snus products.

The main difference I notice is when you open the pouches and look at the product inside.  (If you click on the photo to your left and enlarge it you can get a better look at it).  The General Cut tobacco is much more moist, and seems to be cut instead of ground like I see with the General Snus.  The General Snus is more ground and well packed than the General Cut tobacco is.  That's the main difference I notice when comparing General Cut to General Snus.

General Cut Ice (White Portion)

When it comes to General Cut Ice (White Portion), the product description says, “General chewing tobacco, cut into slices and packaged into portions, with ripe flavors of mint tobacco."

This can has a total weight of 18 grams and contains 18 portions, meaning 1 gram portions.  The nicotine content is 14mg/g or 1.4%.  Since they are 1 gram portions, that's 14mg/portion or 1.8%/portion.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a mellow peppermint smell.  It's not very sharp, and it's not overly sweet. The aroma is close to General G3 Mint and The Lab 12, but the peppermint smell isn't as sharp.  The portions are soft, but the tobacco in the pouch is quite firm/compact.  I suggest fluffing the tobacco inside the pouch before putting it under your lip. You'll notice a mild cooling sensation in your lip whenever you put in a portion of General Ice.  The flavor also reminds me of General G3 Mint or The Lab 12, but it's not as sharp.  The peppermint flavor is much more mild, and I can also taste more tobacco in this one.  The tobacco taste isn't bold or overbearing, but the longer you have a pouch in the more you'll notice it in the background.  The nicotine strength of this one is 14mg/g, so it feels a little stronger than a regular strength snus, but it won't knock you out or anything.

General Ice Extra Strong (White Portion)

When it comes to General Ice Extra Strong (White Portion), the product description says, “General chewing tobacco, cut into slices and packaged into servings, powerful, with ripe flavors of mint tobacco."

This can also has a weight of 18 grams and contains 18 portions.  These are also 1 gram portions.  The nicotine content is 20mg/g or 2.0%.  With 1 gram portions, that's 20mg/portion and 2.0%/portion.

Much like the regular strength counterpart, the aroma you'll experience when opening this can is a gentle, mild peppermint smell. It also reminds me of General G3 Mint or The Lab 12, but the peppermint smell is more dialed back and not as sharp or focused.  I also suggest fluffing these pouches before you put them under your lip.  The portion material is soft, but the tobacco in the pouch is firm and compact, so breaking it up and fluffing it makes the portion more comfortable in the lip.  When you put a portion in the lip you'll notice a mild cooling sensation.  The flavor is very much similar to the regular strength version.  It's close to The Lab 12 or General G3 Mint in that it is a peppermint flavored product.  But, the peppermint taste is more dialed back and mellowed.  You'll also notice a taste of tobacco the longer you have the portion in your lip!  The nicotine content is 20mg/g and you'll certainly feel a nice kick from this one!

These are both great products.  If you like mint flavored snus and are in the Czech Republic or Denmark, these General Cut products are certainly worth trying out!

General Cut (Original & Extra Strong) Chew Bags - Review. 20 January 2017.

Due to the EU snus ban, it is hard for people to get harm reduced alternatives in certain parts of Europe. The EU has ignored tobacco harm reduction and embraced the "quit or die" mentality, instead. However, many snus manufacturers have found ways to get safer tobacco products into the hands of consumers. Instead of selling "snus" to the EU, they sell "chewing tobacco" or "chew bags". These products are made in the same way that snus is and carry the same harm reduced benefits, but are legal to be sold within the EU. Don't bother trying to figure that out, it doesn't make any sense and will just give you a headache when you realize the ignorance of the EU. In the past I've reviewed Thunder Chewing Tobacco & Chew Bags by V2 Tobacco, Ink Chewing Bags by AG Snus, Cruiser Chew by Gotlandssnus and General Chew Bags, a product made by Swedish Match for sale on the Swiss market.  Now, Swedish Match is doing it again and they have released General Cut onto the Czech Republic market and the Danish market. I discovered these products for sale at Mirage-Distribution.cz.   Thanks to one of our readers, I was able to get ahold of some of these for review!

As usual with these type of products, I wanted to compare the pouches and do a cut test.  Looking at the portions, you can see that the General Cut products are much more moist than the General Snus portions.  I notice with some of the General Cut Extra Strong pouches that they are more moist in some spots than others.  The portion material feels the same to the touch in both the General Cut products and the General Snus products.

The main difference I notice is when you open the pouches and look at the product inside.  (If you click on the photo to your left and enlarge it you can get a better look at it).  The General Cut tobacco is much more moist, and seems to be cut instead of ground like I see with the General Snus.  The General Snus is more ground and well packed than the General Cut tobacco is.  That's the main difference I notice when comparing General Cut to General Snus.

General Cut Original

When it comes to General Cut Original, the product description says, “General chewing tobacco, cut into slices and packaged into portions, with spicy flavors of tobacco, bergamot and a hint of tea.

The can weight is 18 grams and contains 18 portions for 1 gram portions.  The nicotine content is 14mg/g or 1.4%.  That equates to 14mg/g portion or 1.4%/portion.  So, it appears that this one is a strong and not a regular strength product.

When you open the can, you'll quickly notice how moist the portions are!  The portion material is also very soft to the touch.  The aroma is virtually identical to regular General Snus.  You get an aroma of tobacco, the traditional smell of bergamot, and a little pepper.  The aroma is definitely very present.  When you put a portion in the lip, it feels just like regular snus.  The portions are very moist, which means then flavor is going to release quickly!  The taste is very bold and present.  You'll taste the bergamot right off the bat, much like regular General Snus.  There is also a very present taste of tobacco, some pepper, and a little salt.  I do notice the tobacco taste more in this one than I do with General Snus, but other than that, the flavor is virtually identical.  The nicotine kick feels stronger than regular General Snus, but it's not too strong.  14mg/g will give you an extra kick over then regular nicotine level, but it's not going to knock you out by any means.

General Cut Original - Extra Strong

When it comes to General Cut Original - Extra Strong, the product description says, “General chewing tobacco, cut into slices and packaged into portions, powerful, with spicy flavors of tobacco, bergamot and a hint of tea.”

The total weight of this can is 18 grams, and contains 18 portions.  The portions are, of course, 1 gram each.  The nicotine content is 18mg/g or 1.8%.  And doing the math, that's 18mg/portion or 1.8%/portion.  This math is so much easier with 1 gram portions.

When you open the can, you'll notice that the portions are also quite moist.  One thing I noticed more with the extra strong version is that the portions are a little more inconsistent in terms of moisture, which you can see in one of the photos above.  Some parts of the portions were very moist, some were not.  But that's just a minor nitpick.  When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is the classic General Snus aroma!  You'll notice a present smell of bergamot, an earthy tobacco presence and a touch of pepper.  The taste is very much the same.  The portions are very soft to the touch and feel great in the lip.  There is a present taste of bergamot as soon as you put a portion in the lip.  The earthy tobacco taste is also very present, more present than I notice with regular General Snus.  There is also a hint of pepper.  General Cut Extra Strong is 18mg/g of nicotine but feels quite strong.  I felt a solid nicotine kick from this one!

If you're in the Czech Republic or Denmark and are looking for snus, this is worth a try.  Even though it's branded as "chewing tobacco", I find it to be close enough to snus in all aspects that you won't even notice a difference.  It's well worth checking out!

19 January 2017

Siberia (Blue) Slim White Portion - Review. 19 January 2017.

I originally reviewed Siberia Blue when it was in the square tub back in June of 2015. A round can version was released a few months later in November of 2015. Now, I'm not someone who uses a lot of ultra strong/super strong snus. I still review it, however, because a lot of people seem to like it and, let's be honest, I review everything. I've seen people crave stronger and stronger snus as the years have gone by, and Siberia as become the "go to snus" for many people who wants super strong/ultra strong snus. I've also seem slim portions become more and more popular, so it makes sense that GN Tobacco would introduce a slim version of one of their Siberia products. 

The product description of Siberia Blue Slim White Portion says, “Siberia Slim is made with same recipe as well known Siberia Portion , we have designed Slim line for those who would like to have Siberian force in more comfortable size, which brings dripping to complete minimum.”
 This product weighs in at 20 grams for the can and contains 22 portions, which amounts to 0.9 grams per portion. The total nicotine content is 24mg/g or 2.4% nicotine. That breaks down to about 21.82mg/portion or 2.18%/portion. So, needless to say, this is a super strong snus!

If you've had Siberia Blue before, this product is the exact same but in a slim portion. However, if you haven't had it before, no worries, I will do a full review. When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a sharp peppermint smell. It stings the nostrils, much like smelling horseradish. It’s a very sharp smell. The portions are white slim portions, and have a soft portion material and feel great in the lip. When you put a portion in the lip you’ll notice a mild cooling sensation and a mild burning sensation. It’s really an interesting feeling! The taste is a very sharp, very focused peppermint taste. The longer you have it in the more you can pick up on a mild tobacco character in the background, as well. The nicotine kick is quite strong; I notice it kick in at about the 5 minute mark.  It is definitely a strong kick!  I’ve been able to keep these portions in for quite a while, and while the cooling/burning sensation may fade, the peppermint flavor lasts quite a while, well past the hour mark!

If you like slim portions that have a mint flavor and a super strong nicotine kick, this one is worth a try!

18 January 2017

WOW! Blue Forest (Mini) - Review. 18 January 2017.

I've wanted to try this snus for a long time now! I heard about it a while back, but it was sold exclusively in Korea and I couldn't ever find any. Well, since GN Tobacco purchased SPT, all their snus products now fall under the GNT umbrella - including WOW!, Taboca, and Byron. This also means those products are now listed for sale at OdensSnus.eu. I have a friend who will order me products from them from time to time since they don't ship to the US, and he recently sent me some of this to try out! This is a snus with a blueberry flavor, which isn't very common in the snus world. Epok Blueberry is the only other one I can think of, and it's one I've been a fan of for quite some time. So I was excited to finally be able to try this one!

This is a mini portion snus, and the can contains 25 portions. It is a 7.5 gram can, so 0.3 grams per portion. The nicotine content is 7.5mg/g or 7.5% total. When you break that down it comes to 2.25mg/portion or 2.25% per portion. Needless to say, this isn't a very strong snus, so I use 2-3 portions of this when I do a review.

The product description at OdensSnus.eu doesn't provide a flavor description, and the website on the bottom of the can, SnusKorea.co.kr appears to not be working. So I haven't been able to find much background information other than the weight and nicotine amount from the OdensSnus website.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a very gentle, light, and airy presence of blueberry.  The portions are small, obviously, because they are mini size.  So I have been putting 2 to 3 at a time in my lip to get the most flavor/nicotine out of them that I can.  The taste is quite nice.  It's a mildly sweet, gentle blueberry taste.  For some reason, I pick up a faint hint of honey in the background with this one as well.  Being a mini portion, there isn't much nicotine to speak of, so usually when I use 2-3 portions at a time, it feels about as strong as a regular portion.  The flavor is quite nice, and lasts well over the one hour mark.  I wish this was available in a full size/regular size snus, because this one as a really nice flavor.  It's not something I would use all the time, but it's definitely a nice change of taste to mix things up a bit!

17 January 2017

Clove Explosion (White Portion) - Review. 17 January 2017.

When GN Tobacco announced they were releasing Clove Explosion, I was really excited. I've always been a big fan of the taste of cloves. Back in my younger days, when I was a smoker, I really enjoyed those Djarum Black cigarettes. When I quit smoking, I noticed the clove flavor wasn't very common in the snus world. In 2009, V2 Tobacco released the Offorad Limited Edition 2009 lineup which came with Offroad Sweet Clove Snus, which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, that one didn't live beyond the limited edition line.  Now, GN Tobacco has filled that void in the snus world with Clove Explosion.  This product is released as the first in their "GN Organic" line.  The reason it is called GN Organic is because it has no added flavors. This product is a mix of 85% tobacco and 15% fresh clove from Indonesia.

I wanted to open these products up to see what they look like inside. Being 85% tobacco and 15% clove, I was curious how they would look.   I was pleased to find both product look like regular snus.  On the left you will see Clove Explosion White, and on the right you will see Clove Explosion White Dry.  The White Dry as 50% moisture and the White Dry has 30% moisture. When it comes to Clove Explosion White Portion, there are 15 portions in the 15 gram can. The total nicotine content is 27/g, or 2.7% nicotine. Breaking that down, it's 27mg/portion or 2.7%/portion. Needless to say, this stuff is strong!

The flavor description says, “Super strong with rich clove taste due to completely organic clove compound in blend. The best Indonesian clove has been used to make this great product sharp straight full flavored clove bags!”  When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a very rich smell of clove, a mild sweetness, some  smokiness I also pick up a hint of banana.  When you put a portion in your lip you'll quickly notice a burning sensation.  The nicotine also comes on quickly - I feel it at the 5 minute mark!  The flavor is a straightforward clove taste with an Eastern spiciness in the background.  There's also a gentle smokiness, a gentle sweetness, and a hint of banana in the background.  The flavor mellows out at about the 45 minute mark, but I've found I can keep these in for up to an our and a half!  The nicotine and the flavor are both last quite a while.  What's interesting about this one is it isn't quite as strong as the white dry.  But I feel more of a nicotine kick from this one.  That may be due to the higher moisture content.  Even though this one feels super strong, I've been able to keep them in for up to an hour and a half - which may be due to how much super strong snus I've been reviewing lately.  My body may be used to it by now.

If you're a lover of clove, this is a must try.  For years, I've said that my favorite GN Tobacco product is Olde Ving (Original Portion). It has now been replaced. Clove Explosion is, in my opinion, GN Tobacco's best product available.  I like this one more than the white dry, but both are good and worth trying out!