21 November 2017

General (Blended by Hernö Gin) - Review. 21 November 2017.

Some of you may remember earlier this year I reviewed the limited edition General Kardus 2017 (Hernö Gin), which I really enjoyed for it's rich tobacco character. In a surprise move, Swedish Match has released another collaboration with Hernö Gin, this one in the white portion format! The flavor description for this product says, "This snus has a gin character, where the elements of juniper, pine and citrus are backed up by General's spicy and light tobacco character." It comes in a 21.6 gram can with 24 portions, for 0.9 gram portions. The nicotine content is 13mg/g (1.3%), which breaks down to 11.70mg/portion.

Also, a special thank you to our friends Michael and Oskar who were able to get this product for us to review.  So far I haven't seen it for sale to the US, so I'm glad I was able to try it!

Jon Hillgren, founder of Hernö Gin said, "For us, cooperation with Swedish Match is an unusual association. A meeting between Sweden's leading manufacturer of premium snus and Hernö Gin as the holder of the title of the world's best gin. We received positive feedback in contributing to the development of General Kardus 2017 and became particularly pleased when Swedish Match said they would go on to produce a portion product flavored with Hernö Gin." Tove Lundgren, Brand Manager at Swedish Match said, "It's great fun to launch General Blended by Hernö Gin. We began our cooperation with them in 2016 when we launched this year's General Kardus, which was also flavored with Hernö Gin. This time we have chosen another tobacco blend in a white product, but with the same ambition to produce a well-seasoned snus with a clear ton of gin supplemented with citrus."

Going into this product, my biggest hope was that it would taste like General Kardus 2017, which I praised for it's rich, dark tobacco-centric flavor. This one, however, is much different from that one. When I opened the can, the aroma was very gin heavy, with a spicy tobacco character in the background. I was surprised to notice that the portions weren’t in the star formation. This appears to be a premium snus product, so I’m not sure why Swedish Match didn’t do the star formation. Also, when I try to fluff the portions to loosen up the tobacco, it seems like the tobacco just packs in tighter instead of loosening up. When it comes to the flavor, it is very gin heavy. I notice a pretty present flavor pf pine in the background, as well. The tobacco flavor is relatively mild, and comes out after having a portion in for a while. That part was a bummer, because I was hoping the rich, bold, robust tobacco flavor would be very present, like with General Kardus 2017. The nicotine doesn’t feel too strong; it feels a bit stronger than regular strength. The flavor lasts about an hour, which is common of most white portions.

As far as this product goes, it's a decent tasting product but I'm not really a fan.  That could be because I'm not a big gin drinker.  Or it could be because I was hoping it would have a similar flavor to General Kardus 2017.  But for me, I didn't really enjoy it that much.  Perhaps people who are fans of gin will enjoy it more, however, because that seems to be the focal point of the aroma and the flavor.

15 November 2017

Jakobsson's Special Salmiak - Review. 15 November 2017.

I've been really looking forward to reviewing this product. A few months back I reviewed Jakobsson's Special Cola which was a limited edition flavor that proved popular enough to be added to the full time lineup. I was excited to review this one because it's a limited edition release, it's also been years since Gotlandssnus made a licorice/salmiak snus, and because there are very few salmiak snus products on the market. When it comes to the flavor description for this product it says, "Jakobsson's Special Salmiak Strong Portion Snus is the second snus in this limited edition series. It has a strong taste of salmiac and salty licorice, without added sweetness." This product comes in a 20 gram can with 20 portions for 1 gram each. The nicotine content is 14mg/g (1.4%), which breaks down to 14mg/portion!

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a rich, bold smell of black licorice. It's not too sweet smelling, either, which is a nice added bonus. The portions are nice and plump and feel great in the lip. Jakobsson's portions are amongst the best on the market as they are moist, but not too moist. This yields a more present flavor, but also a longer lasting taste than most original portion. When it comes to the taste of this one, it is salty! If you don't like salty black licorice, you won't enjoy this one. But if you do, you're going to love this product. The flavor of licorice in this product is very present and it isn't too sweet, which is great.  This one has a great taste!  The flavor of this one lasts a good amount of time; I've found I can enjoy this one for almost an hour.  The nicotine kick on this one is strong, but not too strong.  It does have a nice extra kick to it, but it's not over the top.  At the end of the day, this is one of the best licorice snus products I've tried yet.  If you're a fan of salty black licorice, you're going to really enjoy this one.

12 November 2017

Want Free Snus For A Year? 12 November 2017.

It’s that time of year, and our friends at SnusCENTRAL.com are once again giving away free snus for a year! They have partnered with Swedish Match, V2 Tobacco, Skruf, and Jakobssons. This promotion begins November 13th, 2017 and ends January 8th, 2018. To enter, all you have to do is place an order at SnusCENTRAL.com between those dates, and you are entered to win! Each additional order gives yo0u another entry. Winners will be posted on their blog.

Prizes:

GRAND PRIZE: (1 winner)
FREE Snus for One Year! This consists of two rolls of your choice of snus delivered free for 12 months.

DAILY PRIZES: (56 winners)
One Mixed Roll of FREE Snus! They will add it to your order and pick up any extra shipping charges.

FIRST PRIZES: (10 winners)
Two Mixed Rolls of FREE Snus! They pick up the shipping charges.

SECOND PRIZES: (10 winners)
One Mixed Roll of FREE Snus! They pick up the shipping charges.

MYSTERY PRIZES: (? winners)
If they told you, it wouldn't be a mystery!

Technical/Legal Stuff:
"MAKE SURE SNUSCENTRAL.COM IS ON YOUR SAFE SENDERS LIST. We are not responsible for winner emails which end up in your spam or junk email folder. After the competition ends, The GRAND Prize Winner will be notified by 31 January 2017 at the email address listed on their order. Winners must respond within 3 business days or we will pick someone else to give free snus to. This competition is open world-wide where legal to all SnusCentral.com customers. Winners agree to allow their name and country of residence to be published by SnusCentral. Grand Prize Winners may pick two rolls of any snus we carry (if legal in their country) on our website except for limited editions or collectibles. The maximum value per can of snus may not exceed 6 USD. No substitution or cash equivalent permitted for any prize. All entries are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use as established by and for SnusCentral.com. We will pay the shipping for all winners and the US duty and customs clearing house fees for American winners. Winners are responsible for any/all taxes, customs charges, or other extortion from their respective governments, if applicable. The venue for any disputes or hard feelings is Lidköping, Sweden. Moe Unz, members of the extended Unz family, and Moe's bartender may not enter this competition....ESPECIALLY Moe Unz! This year's event is sponsored by Swedish Match AB, Skruf AB, V2 Tobacco, and Jakobsson's Snus. Keep them in mind the next time you buy snus!"

11 November 2017

Thunder Very Raspy (Ultra Strong) Chew Bags - Review. 11 November 2017.

I've always enjoyed Thunder Raspberry. I reviewed the Thunder Extra Strong Raspberry snus and Thunder Ultra Strong Raspberry snus and found both to be very tasty! Unfortunately, the extra strong version is no longer produced, but the ultra strong version is still on the market! V2 Tobacco has decided to bring that flavor to the chew bag world in an ultra strong, original portion version!  This is interesting, because most chew bags come in the white portion format.  However, V2's Ultra Strong chew bag products come in the original portion variety.  When it comes to the flavor description for these it says, "Thunder Ultra Very Raspy Chew has a very sweet taste of raspberry." This product comes in a 17.6 gram can with 24 portions for 0.73 gram portions. The nicotine content is 22mg/g (2.2%), which breaks down to 16.13mg/portion.

I won't go too much into the "chew vs snus" topic, but if you're interested you can check out my video on it that explains more in depth differences. Basically, this is how V2 describes them: "The tobacco leaves are heated and moistened with steam so they can be cut into smaller pieces. The tobacco for Thunder Chewing Bags are pieces cut with a length of between 5 - 50 mm and a width of 0.6-0.8 mm. The bags used are specially designed to be chewed to release flavor and nicotine. It is made from a paper with a special weave which which is thicker and much stronger than the type of bag that snus is packed in. Thunder Chewing Bags are also fundamentally different from the other chewing tobacco products on the market by being cut tobacco in small bags while others are made from spun tobacco."  What's interesting about these is that they're the original portion version, whereas most chew bags are the white portion version.  You can see that they don't look too much different from regular snus.  The tobacco inside, however, is the main difference you can see in the picture, as the chew bag tobacco is cut and the snus tobacco is ground. And though it's said that you can chew these bags, I never do.

When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is a gentle smell of raspberry, a mild sweetness, and a hint of tobacco. The chew bags are, as mentioned earlier, the original format, so you get a quick release of flavor and nicotine! The portion material also feels really nice in the lip.  When it comes to the flavor, it's a pure, straightforward raspberry taste.  There's a light touch of sweetness, but it's not over the top.  It reminds me a lot of raspberry jam or raspberry preserves.  There's also a very light tobacco character in the background.  The flavor also lasts a good amount of time.  With most original portion snus I can enjoy it for up to 45 minutes, but with these I feel like I can keep them in for almost an hour!  The nicotine strength is also quite strong.  Though it breaks down to 16.13mg/portion, it still feels stronger than an extra strong.  This product certainly delivers a strong kick!

If you're into fruit flavored products products and want something with a lot of nicotine, I definitely suggest giving these a try!  V2's raspberry flavor is a must try!

Thunder Mel Oh! (Extra Strong) Chew Bags - Review. 11 November 2017.

Due to the EU snus ban, tobacco users in the EU do not have access to Swedish Snus. However, chewing tobacco is legal. To combat the ridiculous EU snus ban, snusmakers have been releasing "chew bag" products. These are products made very similar to Swedish Snus, but labeled as "chew bags" to be sold legally in the EU. This is a good thing, because it enables consumers in the EU to have access to safer tobacco alternatives than cigarettes, which for some reason the EU has not banned.  No company has pushed forward more with these chew bag products than V2 Tobacco.  They have a multitude of them on the market in varying sizes and nicotine strengths.

In case you're new to chew bags, here is a V2 chew bag and a V2 snus portion, cut open to show a comparison between the two. This is how V2 describes their chew bag products: “The tobacco leaves are heated and moistened with steam so they can be cut into smaller pieces. The tobacco for Thunder Chewing Bags are pieces cut with a length of between 5 - 50 mm and a width of 0.6-0.8 mm.  The bags used are specially designed to be chewed to release flavor and nicotine. It is made from a paper with a special weave which is thicker and much stronger than the type of bag that snus is packed in. Thunder Chewing Bags are also fundamentally different from the other chewing tobacco products on the market by being cut tobacco in small bags while others are made from spun tobacco.”  Though these are called "chew bags" and V2 mentions the pouches being able to be chewed, I have never done that with these or any other chew bags.  I simply put them in my upper lip and enjoy them like snus!

The product description for this product says “Thunder Melon Chew has a sweet flavor of Melon, and a rich lasting aroma.” This product comes in a 17.6 gram can with 22 portions for 0.8 gram portions. The nicotine content is 16mg/g (1.6%), which breaks down to 12.80mg/portion. In the past, I reviewed Thunder Melon Extra Strong Snus and enjoyed it, and I found this one to be just as enjoyable!  When you open the can, the aroma is a mildly sweet aroma of melon.  It reminds me of watermelon and honeydew.  The pouches look and feel much like regular snus pouches.  They are soft to the touch and feel quite pleasant in the lip.  The taste on this one is a lot like the Thunder Melon snus, but more mild in taste.  The flavor is very much like the aroma; it's a mildly sweet melon flavor which comes through as a mix between watermelon and honeydew.  The flavor lasts a good amount of time; I've found I can enjoy these for up to an hour!  The nicotine also has a nice kick to it; I'd place it between a strong and an extra strong in terms of how it feels.

If you're somewhere where you can't get snus but can get Nordic Chew, I suggest giving these a try.    Northerner.com has a huge selection of Nordic Chew, so check out that website if you're looking to try these products!

10 November 2017

General (Blended by Hernö Gin) - Preview. 10 November 2017.

The end of the year is when we see the most exciting products, and 2017 is no exception! Today, Swedish Match has announced a new product in the General line: General (Blended by Hernö Gin) White Portion! Swedish Match describes this release by saying, "“Now we launch a new snus in limited edition together with Sweden's first renowned gait stall, Hernö Gin. The result is a bright and spicy white-sized snus. General Blended by Hernö Gin is a snus that distinguishes itself from Swedish Match's other types of snus. The taste has been developed together with Hernö Gin, Sweden's renowned gin distillery. Jon Hillgren, founder and master distiller has put his mark on the taste. Hernö Gin has previously helped to taste the 2017 edition of General Kardus, Swedish Match's most lavish snus. General Blended by Hernö Gin is sold in a limited edition in selected stores, our Swedish Match Stores and here on our e-commerce.” I really enjoyed General Kardus 2017 (Hernö Gin), and you can check out my text review and video review of that product. I imagine the taste will be much the same!

Jon Hillgren, master founder of Renew Gin said, "For us, cooperation with Swedish Match is an unusual association. A meeting between Sweden's leading manufacturer of premium snus and Hernö Gin as the holder of the title of the world's best gin. We received positive feedback in contributing to the development of General Kardus 2017 and became particularly pleased when Swedish Match said they would go on to produce a portion product flavored with Hernö Gin."

Tove Lundgren, Brand Manager at Swedish Match said, "It's great fun to launch General Blended by Hernö Gin. We began our cooperation with them in 2016 when we launched this year's General Kardus, which was also flavored with Hernö Gin. This time we have chosen another tobacco blend in a white product, but with the same ambition to produce a well-seasoned snus with a clear ton of gin supplemented with citrus."

So, what do we know about this snus? Well, the flavor description for this one says, "This snus has a gin character, where the elements of juniper, pine and citrus are backed up by General's spicy and light tobacco character." It comes in a 21.6 gram can with 24 portions, for 0.9 gram portions. The nicotine content is 13mg/g (1.3%), which breaks down to 11.70mg/portion.  It appears to be limited edition, which is unfortunate, because I'm very excited to try this. There will only be 90,000 cans produced.  It sounds like it may be close to the flavor of General Kardus 2017, which had a great flavor!  I'm working on getting some for review, so stay tuned!  Hopefully I will have a review of it soon!

09 November 2017

Offroad Blue (White Mini) - Review. 9 November 2017.

Earlier this year I reviewed Offroad Selection Blue (Portion), and a few months ago I reviewed Offroad Selection Blue (Los). Some of you may remember these products are a replacement for the Phantom Blue line which has been recently discontinued. I wasn't a big fan of the portion version of Phantom Blue, but I did enjoy Phantom Blue Los.  Another interesting note is that I also enjoyed Phantom Blue White Portion, which made me curious about this one, as it is the first product from the Offroad Blue line to come in a white portion.  I wasn't the biggest fan of the two version of Offroad Selection Blue that I tried so far, but I did note that I found them to be better than Phantom Blue. Now, V2 has released a white mini version of Offroad Blue. The flavor description of this one says, "Offroad Blue White Mini Portion has a clear but well balanced, juniper berry flavor. Classic, simple, spicy and popular." This product comes in a 6 gram can with 21 portions for 0.28 grams each. The nicotine content is 8mg/g (0.8%) which breaks down to 2.29mg/portion.

When I opened the can, I noticed the aroma to have that light Windex-y quality to it that I notice in the other products in this line. However, it wasn't as in your face as I noticed with the original portion version. The aroma smells like a combination of juniper, floral notes, and a little tobacco and pepper. The portions are smaller, so when I use these I usually put 2 in at the same time. The portions are pretty soft and comfortable in the lip. One thing that is interesting about this one is that I notice a mild cooling presence in the lip. Usually I only notice that with mint products, so that was interesting. The taste is a lot like the original portion version, but much milder and more well balanced. The taste is predominantly juniper, and is accompanied by a light floral presence. In the background there are mild tobacco notes and a hint of pepper. The taste, in general, is much milder than the original portion version.  The flavor lasts up to about an hour on average.  When I have two portions in, I find the nicotine content to feel about normal strength, so if you're someone who uses mini portions and only uses one at a time, I imagine you'll be satisfied with the nicotine strength.

I'm generally a fan of V2 products, but I'm not the biggest fan of the Blue line.  However, I will mention this:  if you're a budget conscious snuser and enjoy the juniper flavor, this is a good way to save a few bucks.  It's worth trying out, and as I said before - it's much better than Phantom Blue!