21 September 2017

Offroad Selection: Blue (Los) - Review. 21 September 2017.

Earlier this year I reviewed Offroad Selection: Blue (Original Portion). I didn't know it at the time, but I recently discovered that V2 discontinued Phantom Blue Portion and Phantom Blue Los. I'll admit, I was never a fan of Phantom Blue. I liked the Phantom Blue White Portion but never could get into the original portion or the los version. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Offroad Selection Blue, but it was noticably better than the Phantom Blue Portion.  Now, V2 has released a loose version of Offroad Blue, presumably to replace the delisted Phantom Blue Los.  Our friend Michael grabbed a can of this for us to review, so a special thank you to him.  The flavor description at SnusBolaget.se says, "Offroad Blue Loose has a powerful but balanced taste of juniper berries. A classic snus taste that many recognize."  This product has a regular 8mg/g nicotine content and comes in a 37gram can.

When you open the can, a present smell of juniper jumps out at you. I will note, as I have with other V2 "blue" products, it has a smell that is similar to Windex. The tobacco itself is moist, and has a grind that is very easy to handbake. I also noticed a mild cooling sensation when I put the prilla in my lip, which I also noticed with the portion version as well.  The taste of this one isn't too bad.  The juniper flavor is present in the taste profile, but it still has the mild Windex-type flavor to it.  Since it's a los, I notice more tobacco in the flavor profile than I did with the portion version.  There's a light hint of salt, and a very light floral presence.  Being a regular 8mg/g snus, the nicotine strength feels to be about the normal strength.  The flavor lasts a good amount of time and the snus stays pretty well-packed in the lip with little breakage or mudslide.

If you liked the flavor of Offroad Selection: Blue (Portion), this one is worth a try.  It's not something that I would probably order again but I will say it's much better than Phantom Blue.  It's 299kr for a roll (about 37.00 USD), so it's a cheaper alternative if you're into the juniper flavor profile!

20 September 2017

G.3 Wire Super Strong (Slim White Dry) - Review. 20 April 2017.

Recently, Swedish Match released G3 Volt Super Strong (Slim White Dry). G3 Volt would be Swedish Match's first push into the "super strong" nicotine category, and also their first full size "white dry" product, a segment that GN Tobacco has been dominating for several years now. G3 Volt was a mint product, but this one isn't. Swedish Match describes the flavor as a  "taste of red berries and tropical fruits, combined with 30% more nicotine and 20% less drip than G.3 Extra Strong, the snus creates a long-lasting burning effect, and a spicy and biting feeling under the lip."

If that flavor description sounds familiar, it should. Swedish Match recently discontinued The Lab 13 Formula+ when they announced this one, so this product is taking over for that one in the "energy drink snus flavor" category.  In fact, their ad for the product from their webstore actually says this product is "Formula+ Flavored".  That pretty clearly indicates that this product is a replacement for Lab 13 Formula+.

G.3 Wire comes in a 16.6 gram can with 24 portions, weighing in at 0.69 grams per portion. The nicotine content is 2.6%, or 26mg/g. That breaks down to 17.98mg/portion.  The ingredients do not list anything like caffeine or taurine or anything of that nature, so though it may be reminiscent of energy drink in taste and aroma, that's about as far as it goes.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is virtually identical to Lab 13.  The aroma has a present smell of red berries and a very tart smell, almost like what you encounter when you open an energy drink.  The portions are slim, and dry to the touch.  They're also light, only weighing in at 0.69 grams.  As with most white dry portions, they get more comfortable the longer you have them in your lip and the more moist they get.  A few minutes after you put a portion in you'll notice a nice burn in the lip.  It's interesting because there are very few products I encounter that with.  The nicotine comes on pretty quick, I feel it kick in at around the 5-10 minute mark, which is quite impressive for a white dry.  Usually the nicotine comes on a little bit slower.  The taste is also very close to to Lab 13, but since it's a white dry portion it's a little milder.  I notice a mild tobacco character, a light nutty character, a red berry taste, and some tartness. It's like if you blended The Lab 07 White Portion and the berry/tart taste from an energy drink. It's a pretty tasty snus!  The flavor is a little milder since it's a white dry, but it also has the added benefit that the white dry format delivers - long lasting flavor!  I've found I can enjoy this one for over an hour!  As far as the nicotine goes, it's 26mg/g total 17.98mg/portion.  That may sound low, but this snus gives a surprisingly strong kick, much stronger than other snus products of similar strength.  It feels to be well above the extra strong level but not as strong as Thunder NRG, Thunder X or Siberia Red.

If you're a fan of Lab 13, you should definitely give this one a try.  If you're a fan of energy drinks, you will definitely love this snus.  It's a great tasting snus with a long lasting flavor and a great nicotine kick.  For me, this isn't a product I would use all the time, but it's one I might use from time to time.

12 September 2017

U-Sample No15 (Licorice Mint) Slim White - Review. 12 September 2017.

Back in April I reviewed U-Sample Chew Bags by AG Snus.  Of the various chew bag products on the market, felt that U-Sample were some of the better ones.  Now, it looks like AG Snus has decided to release these products as snus. These are slim portions whereas the chew bags were regular sized portions. Now, to preface this review, I am a fan of licorice. However, I've never been a fan of mixing licorice and mint; I just want to be upfront about that! Though I considered the U-Sample Licorice Mint chew bags to be good products, I did confess that they weren't for me. But, I do want to remain objective! When it comes to this one, the product description says, "U Sample No 15 Slim Licorice Mint has a fresh mint and licorice taste." This product comes in a 16.8 gram can with 24 portions for 0.7 gram portions. The nicotine content is 17mg/g (1.7%), which breaks down to 11.90mg/portion.  The can design is virtually identical to the U-Sample chew bag cans.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a present and mildly sweet smell of licorice. I don't smell any mint in the aroma, but there is a cooling presence to the smell, if that makes any sense. The portions are slim, soft, and comfortable to the touch. When you put a portion in the lip, you'll also encounter a mild cooling sensation in the lip and throughout the mouth. The taste is pretty much the same as I encountered with the U-Sample Licorice Mint chew bags product. The flavor of licorice is relatively mellow, and is accompanied by a refreshing flavor of menthol. Though the flavor says it's licorice mint, I don't taste mint - it seems more like menthol. The two flavors work pretty well together and the menthol isn't too obtrusive. The flavor lasts a good amount of time; I've found these last for a little bit over an hour. The nicotine kick feels to be between a strong and an extra strong.

Now, as I mentioned, I'm not a fan of mixing licorice and mint.  So, this product isn't for me.  But, this flavor combination is becoming popular and people do seem to dig it.  If you like licorice and mint then I'd still suggest giving this a try.  It's a solid product, even though it's not one I'd use.

U-Sample No7 (Sweet Mint) Slim White - Review. 12 September 2017.

Back in April I reviewed U-Sample Chew Bags by AG Snus.  Of the various chew bag products on the market, felt that U-Sample were some of the better ones.  Now, it looks like AG Snus has decided to release these products as snus. These are slim portions whereas the chew bags were regular sized portions. When it comes to the mint product, the flavor description says, "U Sample No 7 Slim Sweet Mint has a fresh and sweet taste of mint." This product comes in a 16.8 gram can with 24 portions for 0.7 gram portions. The nicotine content is 17mg/g (1.7%), which breaks down to 11.90mg/portion.  The can design is virtually identical to the U-Sample chew bag cans.

Going into this one, I assumed it was going to be another generic mint flavor.  But what I found in this product was a very pleasant surprise.  When I opened the can I smelled a sweet aroma of peppermint, but something else surprised me:  a smell of vanilla!  This wasn't in the flavor description, so I was very excited.  The portions are slim, soft to the touch, and very comfortable in the lip. You'll also experience a pleasant cooling sensation in the lip, which is common of most mint products.  The taste of this one is absolutely delicious!  It is a present taste of peppermint with a smooth taste of vanilla in the background.  I tasted this with every portion, so I'm not sure why it wasn't listed in the flavor description. Catch Collection Mint Vanilla, which was released in 2009 and again in 2011 has always been one of my favorite products.  So, tasting mint and vanilla again was something that made me very happy.  The flavor also lasts quite a while, I've found I can keep these in for a little over an hour!  The nicotine kick is strong, but not too strong.  I'd say it's probably between a strong and an extra strong in terms of delivery.

This snus is one of my new favorite mint products.  There have been so few mint vanilla products on the market, so I was very happy to taste a combination of the two in this product.  I will definitely be ordering this one again.

Jakobsson's Äpple & Skogsbär - (Limited Edition) Review. (12 September 2017)

Note:  This is a limited edition product released in the fall season.

In March, 2017, Gotlandssnus announced the Jakobsson’s line would go through a redesign. This redesign would also mean the Gotlandssnus limited products would fall under the Jakobsson’s brand, and have new names. Påsksnus, their easter flavor, was discontinued and replaced with Jakobsson’s Gullviva and Viol. Sommarsnus, their summer flavor, was replaced with Jakobsson’s Hallon and Jordgubb. Julesnus will be replaced by Jakobsson’s Glogg and Kanel at the end of the year. The one we are talking about, Äpple and Skogsbär, is a replacement for Höstsnus. Though these products all have new names and designs, they’re the same products you know and love in all other aspects. The flavor description says, "Jakobsson's Äpple and Skogsbär Portion Snus is this year's limited edition fall snus. This Autumn 2017 snus brings apple and dark forest berries making a very tasty treat!" This product comes in a 20 gram can with 20 portion, for 1 gram portions. The nicotine content is 1.0%, or 10mg/g, which breaks down easily to 10mg/portion.

As I said before, if you've had this snus before when it was called Höstsnus, it's the same taste, but in a new can. When you open the can, a present smell of apple greets you, accompanied by a light berry smell in the background. The portions are soft to the touch and very comfortable in the lip! I've always been a fan of Gotlandssnus portions because they're original portions, but aren't overly moist so you get a long lasting flavor, along with a quick release of flavor. When it comes to the flavor, the taste of apple is in the front, accompanied by a taste that reminds me of pear. In the background there's a light berry taste; it reminds me of a mild, less sweet strawberry taste. It's a really great tasting snus. The flavor lasts a good amount of time as well; I've found I can enjoy this snus for up to an hour, which is impressive for an original portion. The nicotine content weighs in at 10mg/g, but it doesn't feel much stronger than regular strength. So, if you're someone like me who uses 8mg/g snus, you won't be overwhelmed by the extra 2mg/g of nicotine in this product.

This is a great snus for the fall season, and a great snus for those who love fruity flavors!  This is a limited edition, so if you like it make sure and stock up.  Once it's gone, it's gone until next year!

10 September 2017

Preview: Skruf Skraw (Chew Bags). 10 September 2017.

It seems that almost all major snus companies now have chew bag products on the market. AG Snus, Fiedler and Lundgren, GN Tobacco, Gotlandssnus, Swedish Match and V2 Tobacco currently sell chew bag products, and now, Skruf does as well. This means the only major snus company that doesn't have chew bag products on the market is Nordic Snus AB/JTI. This should show you how popular this category is becoming. Due to the EU snus ban, snus is illegal to be sold in certain countries in the EU. However, tobacco companies have realized that you can sell basically the same product but with the name "chew bags", and it suddenly becomes legal. This is great news for those who don't have access to snus, because it gives you access to harm reduced tobacco!  I am also a huge Skruf fan, so I'm glad to see them on the market now with these new products!

Skruf Skraw Fresh Mint (White Xtra Strong)

Flavor Description:
"Chewing tobacco with flavor of pepper and cedar and mint."

That's really all I know about this product.  I imagine the taste will be similar to their Skruf Slim Fresh product line.
Skruf Skraw Original (White Xtra Strong)

Flavor Description:
"Chewing tobacco with flavor of pepper and cedar."

I don't know much about this product either.  The flavor description doesn't sound similar to the regular Skruf line, so I'm interested to try this one and see what it tastes like!

06 September 2017

Two New GN Tobacco Products! 6 September 2017.

GN Tobacco is releasing two new products, one under the GNT label and one under their SPT label.

The first product is Oden's Menthol Extreme White Dry (Xylitol).  This one will have a menthol flavor and 22mg/g of nicotine.  This one is interesting because this is a very underrepresented flavor in the snus world.  This also includes Xylitol, which is something that broke onto the scene with The Lab 22 by Swedish Match. Xylitol is naturally occurring and used as a sugar substitute.  Xylitol is also said to prevent tooth decay and can act against some bacterias that cause infections.  This is an interesting addition and will be GNT's first product to use Xylitol. This one is currently available on Odenssnus.eu.

This product is a rather interesting one.  This product is being released by SPT, a snus company owned by GN Tobacco.  It is a chew bag product with a mint flavor.  What's interesting about it is the name.  It's being called Roots: Down To Earth Quality, Cold Extreme White Dry.  This one has a very, very long name.    I'm not sure what to expect with this one but I am curious to try it.  I'm not sure when this product will be released, but I'll keep my eyes open for it.