23 March 2017

Göteborg's Rapé (White Slim) - Review. 23 March 2017.

I recently discovered a new Göteborg's Rapé White Slim product at Snus.com, which is Northerner.com's Norway e-store. This caught me off guard and had me wondering a few things. Was this product going to replace XRANGE GR? Was this product going to be part of a new product line? I spoke with a friend at Swedish Match who helped clarify my confusion on this. He told me that the XRANGE line wasn't going anywhere, and that this was a product exclusive for the Norway market. Apparently, slim portions are extremely popular there, so this product would be completely replacing Göteborg's Rapé (White Large).  I was pretty bummed, because I do really like these cans.  A friend of mine helped me get ahold of a few cans of this to try out, and the first thing I wanted to do was compare this to GR XRANGE.

When comparing Göteborg’s XRANGE White Slim and the new Göteborg’s White Slim, I find both products have a can weight of 16.8 grams and contain 21 portions, or 0.8 gram portions. Both products have a nicotine strength of 0.85% or 8.5mg/g, which equals out to about 6.8mg/portion.  Neither product comes in the star formation, which is a bummer, because I hoped the new GR White Slim would.  And looking at the portions, both feel about the same to the touch. Comparing the flavor description of Göteborg's Rapé Slim White from SnusCENTRAL.com and the flavor description of Göteborg's Rapé Slim White from Snus.com, guess what I found?  It's exactly the same.  Both are said to have a "mellow tobacco taste with distinct notes of lavender and juniper, along with hints of oak and citrus."  So, the only difference appears to be the can design, which I like a lot more in the GR White Slim than the GR XRANGE.  It looks a lot classier and it's closer to the traditional GR can.  I have a feeling I'll keep this can around and swap my portions into it from now on.

As far as everything else goes, it's exactly the same as Göteborg's Rapé XRANGE Slim White. I don't notice any differences at all. The portions are slim, soft, and feel great in the lip. When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a present smell of juniper, accompanied by light herbal and floral notes. The taste is the classic GR flavor. The juniper flavor is in the front, with a mild presence of citrus in the background. You’ll also notice the mild herbal and floral notes that mix in and compliment the tastes of juniper and citrus.  The flavor lasts quite a while, which is a benefit of white portions.  With this snus, I can enjoy the flavor for up to an hour, sometimes more if I forget I have a portion in!  The nicotine strength feels to be about the regular level, which is what I enjoy.  All in all, it's basically the exact same product as GR XRANGE, but in a much better looking can.  I'll be interested to see if Swedish Match launches any more products in slim format in Norway.  I would love a General Slim Original Portion for a few reasons.  One, I bet I'd like the can design more than the XRANGE General can.  And two, I am still hoping for a slim General snus with the full General flavor.

If you're in Norway and are a fan of Göteborg's Rapé, definitely give this product a try!

22 March 2017

Mocca Natural Spearmint (Slim Strong) - Preview. 22 March 2017.

Today I found a new listing over at SnusBolaget.se for Mocca Natural Spearmint. The product description says, "Mocca Natural Spearmint is a tasteful and discreet snus experience. The product has a natural minty flavor and a touch of spice and menthol. The snuff also comes in a slim-portions with optimized fit. The news from Mocca also features locally grown and organic tobacco with a nicotine content of 11 mg / g. This is somewhat stronger than the other Mocca range."  I know, there are a ton of mint snus products already on the market, but this one I'm actually excited to try.  It sounds like this could be a good one!  If I can manage to get ahold of some, I'll do a review.

21 March 2017

Kronan Updates - 21 March 2017.

The Kronan line is getting a long overdue update.  You may remember from my reviews I'm not a big fan of Kronan, but quite a few people are, so I imagine this news will be excited for Kronan fans!

Swedish Match says, "Now we make a design and product change on the Kronan. First of all, the Kronan Strong White 24 bags instead of the current 20. Design-wise, it is now a clearer distinction between the strong products, all the boxes get larger lids and pouches star is added for the White Kronan and the Kronan Strong White.

The Kronan was launched in 2005 and has a traditional Swedish snus taste with hints of violet and green herbs. Now we update Kronan with a new design and a clearer distinction between the Kronan and the Kronan Strong White Strong Original. Kronan white products will now be in the Swedish Match characteristic star formation and the Kronan Strong White will contain 24 bags. The traditional Kronan taste is unchanged."

20 March 2017

New General & Göteborg Rapé - Coming Soon. 20 March 2017.

It appears as though Swedish Match is going to launch new General and Göteborg’s Rapé products. At this time, we don’t know much beyond these photos discovered on Snus Schweden's Facebook Page. From what I’ve been told, the product is already developed and Swedish Match is working on the name, from which they have 6 alternatives to choose from. These new products will apparently be out in May.

This photo shows 3 varieties of each product - One, Neo and Cloud.  These names could mean anything, really.  Neo could mean new.  Cloud could have something to do with the softness of the portion.  As far as One goes, your guess is as good as mine.

This photo shows 3 more varieties of names for these products.  These names are more interesting. A translation I saw for Trind showed it meaning rotund or round. As far as Stroft goes, I saw on Urban Dictionary a definition that said that term has been used as a cross between Strong and Soft.  And then as far as Shift goes, I have no idea.  Shift could mean change, or doing something different.

As far as the designs go, I think they're interesting.  But designs are just the outside, and as we all know in the snus world, it's what's on the inside that counts.  When I find more information about these products I'll update this article!

G3 Volt Super Strong (Slim White Dry) - Preview. 20 March 2017.

It appears as though Swedish Match is gearing up to join the "ultra strong"/"super strong" snus race with G3 Volt Super Strong (Slim White Dry).  Swedish Match says:  "G.3 VOLT Swedish Match is the strongest snus ever, a pinch slim format, loaded with 30% more nicotine than G.3 Extra Strong - while snus is 20% less thin though.

The portion is our discrete format Slim Dry White, with a 20% lower drip than G.3 pouch in Slim-white format. With peppermint flavor combined with 30% more nicotine and 20% less drip, snus creates a long-burning effect, a piquant and biting sense under the lip. G.3 VOLT Super Strong is a powerful snus, even for the experienced strong snus users.

With our world-renowned quality standard GOTHIATEK, ensures that our Swedish Match snus is uncompromising quality in that we have unique knowledge and control at all stages - from seed to finished product. G.3 VOLT Super Strong fulfills the requirements according GOTHIATEK and the lower moisture content makes snus significantly drier and less runny than G.3 Slim White thereby enabling even a higher nicotine content. G.3 VOLT Super Strong delivers a super strong snus experience.

G.3 VOLT Super Strong is from the end of March 2017 to the sale primarily in the Norwegian market. In Sweden sold G.3 VOLT Super Strong in selected stores, our Swedish Match Stores and here on our e-commerce."

There is one thing I want to point out that is of interest.  Their description "the strongest snus ever" is in error, however, as there are many products out there with nicotine strengths higher than 26mg/g.  This is Swedish Match's strongest snus released to date, but it isn't the strongest snus ever released.  Perhaps that is what they meant to say.

Details:

Taste Description:  "Mint/Euclayptus"
PH-Level: 8.9
Moisture Level: 27.5 %
Weight/Can: 16.6 g
Weight/portion: 0.69 g
Portion amount per can: 24
Durability: 210 Days
Nicotine: 2.6 % (26mg/g)

With portions weighing in at 0.69 grams, that breaks the nicotine down to 17.94mg/portion.

As this product seems to be focused on the Norway market, it will be a little harder for me to get ahold of.  But if I can get my hands on some I'll do a review it!

14 March 2017

Revel Snus Rebranded As R42 Snus. 14 March 2017.

I originally wrote about Revel Snus in August of 2016. To date, Revel Snus and Rocket Snus have been the only Swedish Snus products I’ve been unable to find for review. It now appears as though Revel has changed names to R42. Our friend @smokeitnowmaan supplied us with photos of the new cans, you can see them at the bottom of the photo on the left. The Revel name was registered by Swedish Match in July of 2016. It is now classified as dead, and apparently Swedish Match let it go on February 24th, 2017. The new name, R42, was registered on January 17th, 2017, in preparation for the change of name.

Not only has the product line been rebranded, a new product has launched.  In addition to R42 Peppermint Xtra Strong White, Swedish Match has also launched R42 Green Mint Xtra Strong White.  These products are apparently available now!  If you've had them, let us know what you think!

12 March 2017

Göteborg's Rapé White Slim - Preview. 12 March 2017.

This is really interesting stuff. Last night, someone showed me a photo posted on Instagram by @wangmuyan. I saw it, and it caught me by surprise. The can in the photo has the new Göteborg's Rapé design, but it says "White Slim". This caught me completely off guard! In 2013, I reviewed Göteborg's Rapé Slim White, which came in a slim sized can with Natufibe pouches. In 2015, this product was discontinued when Göteborg's Rapé XRANGE Slim White was introduced.  This leads me to several questions.  Is the GR XRANGE being discontinued and replaced with this one?  Is the entire XRANGE line being discontinued and replaced with Slim products in the main line can designs?  Or is this simply a new product that will be separate from XRANGE?  

It appears as though this is a Norwegian product, as I found it listed on Snus.com, the Norwegian version of Northerner.com. The flavor description says, "Göteborgs Rape Slim White has a mild tobacco taste, with clear notes of lavender and juniper, along with a hint of oak and citrus. The portion is long and narrow in full size and has a dry surface with a moist content for a sustained release of flavor."  It gets even more interesting.  That listing at Snus.com says this new product has a total can weigh of 16.8 grams with 0.8 gram portions and a nicotine content of 8.5mg/g.  This is interesting because GR XRANGE has a can weight of 16.8 grams, with 0.8 gram portions and a nicotine content of 8.5mg/g. I'm definitely curious to see what this product means, if anything, to the XRANGE line.

14 March 2017 Update:  I heard back from Swedish Match and got some more details on this product.  This product is an exclusive one for the Norway market.  I was told it is not relaxing GR XR, and the XRANGE line is staying as it is.  This product is actually replacing GR White Large based on Norwegian consumer demands, where slim portion is becoming more popular.