26 September 2016

Offroad Cool Mint (Original Mini) - Review. 26 September 2016.

V2 Tobacco has recently launched two new mini products - Offroad Melon/"Mel OH!" (Original Mini) and Offroad Cool Mint/"Cool M" (Original Mini). I don't do a lot of mini reviews, but I've been trying to work on that lately. I know quite a few people use them, so I try to review as many of them as I can! The product description says, " Offroad Cool M Mini Portion Snus brings the Cool Mint flavor to the Offroad family of snuses in a very discreet mini-portion pouch."  You'll notice that the can has a white ring around the side label with a warning label on it.  This is in compliance with the new labeling laws that manufacturers are having to go to.  They aren't very attractive, but it appears as though there's no way around it.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a smooth, mellow peppermint aroma. The flavor and aroma of this snus reminds me a lot of Thunder Cool Mint, which is one of my favorite snus flavors. When you put a portion in your lip, you'll notice a nice cooling sensation/tingle develop. And the taste is absolutely delicious! It's a really smooth, mellow, mildly sweet peppermint taste. I know a lot of people like Frosted, but I've said before that Cool Mint is my favorite V2 Tobacco mint flavor.  I don't do a lot of mini portions, so usually when I review them I put in two at the same time. The nicotine strength 8mg/g, and the portions are 0.5 grams each, so you're looking at about 4mg/portion. Being a mini portion, I don't get a lot of nicotine out of these - but I was able to quit smoking by using a mini portion 7 years ago, so I'm sure some people enjoy this size/nicotine strength. I'm a big fan of the Cool Mint flavor, so if you dig mini portions, this is one to check out!

Offroad Melon (Original Mini) - Review. 26 September 2016.

V2 Tobacco has recently launched two new mini products - Offroad Melon/"Mel OH!" (Original Mini) and Offroad Cool Mint/"Cool M" (Original Mini). I don't do a lot of mini reviews, but I've been trying to work on that lately. I know quite a few people use them, so I try to review as many of them as I can! The product description says, "Offroad Mel OH! Mini Portion Snus is a melon flavored mini-portion snus made by V2 Tobacco."  You'll notice that the can has a white ring around the side label with a warning label on it.  This is in compliance with the new labeling laws that manufacturers are having to go to.  They aren't very attractive, but it appears as though there's no way around it.

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a fruity, mildly sweet melon. This snus, in terms of aroma and flavor, reminds me a lot of Thunder Melon (Extra Strong) - just in a smaller size and with less nicotine. I don't do a lot of mini portions, so usually when I review them I put in two at the same time. The nicotine strength 8mg/g, and the portions are 0.5 grams each, so you're looking at about 4mg/portion. The flavor of this snus is also quite good! It's a very natural, fresh and fruity flavor of watermelon! It comes through in a very natural way and isn't too overbearingly sweet. Being a mini portion, I don't get a lot of nicotine out of these - but I was able to quit smoking by using a mini portion 7 years ago, so I'm sure some people enjoy this size/nicotine strength. Offroad Melon (Original Mini) is available now and definitely worth a try!

15 September 2016

Oden's Mint (White Portion) - Review. 15 September 2016.

Every now and then, a new snus pops up by surprise. This is one of those cases. I heard that GN Tobacco was releasing Oden's Lemon (White Portion) as well as Lenny (Stark White Portion), but had no idea about this one. Coincidentally, it popped up the day before I did my recent SnusCENTRAL.com order, so I threw a can in for this review. The flavor description says, "Oden's Mint White Portion Snus uses mint crystals and a touch of Xylitol for sweetness in making this tasty mint portion snus."  I'm not expert in Xylitol, but I'll share what WebMD says about Xylitol. 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.  So, using xylitol seems to be preferable to using other sweeteners in snus.

The can is a 15 gram can, and I counted 13 portions in this particular can.  This snus is a white portion, which is something new GN Tobacco is doing. In the past, they primarily focused on the white dry format, but have been releasing more white portions lately. When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is very sharp. There's a very present mentholated aroma which comes through much like opening a fresh bag of menthol cough drops. The white portions are also quite soft to the touch! The tobacco seems to be quite concentrated and lumped together in one side of the portion, so I do suggest fluffing these.  When you put a portion in your lip, there's a strong burn and and a very bold cooling sensation that you feel in your lip and throughout your mouth.  It reminds me a lot of the experience you feel with Siberia (White Dry) Extremely Strong from GN Tobacco. I would say the sensations you feel in your lip are more bold than the flavor, however. There is a very light sweetness, a very light mint flavor and a faint touch of menthol. The mint comes through as more of a natural mint taste than peppermint or spearmint. It's very interesting, because the feel in the lip is very strong, but the flavor is very mild.

This is a snus that I find myself torn on.  I enjoy the sensations I feel in the lip - the burn, the cooling sensation - but the flavor seems to be a little too mild.  So, it's probably not something I would order again, personally.  But if you're into a nice burn/cooling presence in the lip and want a milder flavored mint snus, this would be one to check out.

13 September 2016

Offroad Lakrits Original Mini - Review. 13 September 2016.

I've recently been going through my reviews and updating them with new photos. I realized during this process that I had never reviewed this product! Every now and then one slips through the cracks, so here we are. Now, I'm not a big mini portion guy. I usually use regular strength snus in the regular size. But, there's a market for these for a reason. So, being the guinea pig of the snus world, I review everything (even if it's a product I don't or wouldn't use myself). Usually when I review mini portion snus, I put in two at the same time. It gives a more full effect/nicotine strength. When it comes to this product, the product description says, "Offroad Licorice Mini has a rich flavor of aniseed and deep long-lasting taste of licorice. This snus has a smaller pouch."

When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a really present and slightly sweet smell of licorice. The portions are about the same length as a regular snus portion, but more slim. And of course, as mini portions, they are lighter in weight. Usually when I review mini portions, I use 2 at the same time. But even using one of these, they don't feel too small in the lip. I think the length helps.  The flavor isn't too bad.  It's a pretty straightforward licorice taste with a touch of sweetness and a very mild tobacco character in the background.  As far as licorice snus goes, this isn't one of the best, but if you want a licorice snus that comes in original portion/mini format, this one is pretty decent and worth a try.

12 September 2016

Offroad Lakrits White Mini - Review. 12 September 2016.

I originally did this review back in November of 2009, but it was attached to another review. I used to do reviews of multiple products in one article, but to make it easier for people who are searching for reviews I've been gradually splitting these up so each review article only has one product on it. Now, back to the review! I'm not a big mini portion guy. I usually use regular strength snus in the regular size. But, there's a market for these for a reason. So, being the guinea pig of the snus world, I review everything (even if it's a product I don't or wouldn't use myself). Usually when I review mini portion snus, I put in two at the same time. It gives a more full effect/nicotine strength. When it comes to this product, the flavor description says, "Offroad Licorice White Mini has a rich flavor of aniseed and deep long-lasting taste of licorice. This snus has a smaller white pouch."

The portions are slimmer and pretty comfortable in the lip.  When you open a can, the aroma of is a pretty present licorice smell. It smells alot like a black jelly bean. Slightly sweet, with a strong presence of licorice. The flavor comes through the same way. A licorice flavor, slightly sweet, and a very slight salt balance in the background.  Offroad Licorice is one of the snuses that people really seem to dig when it comes to this flavor profile.

If you like mini portions and want something in the licorice flavor, give this one a try!

10 September 2016

Offroad Gold (White Mini) - Review. 10 September 2016.

It's been a while since I've reviewed Offroad Gold. Last summer I reviewed Offroad Gold Los and last April I reviewed Offroad Gold Original Portion as well as Offroad Gold White Dry.  Offroad Gold is V2's General-esque snus with a traditional Swedish Snus flavor. V2 describes Offroad Gold as "a classic style Swedish Snus. It has a traditional full tobacco character beautifully balanced with hints of citrus. A taste that lies deeply grounded in the soul of Sweden and reminds us how true snus should be and taste. Offroad Gold offers a no compromise classical snus experience."  When I reviewed them before I was quite impressed.  However, this one slipped through the cracks!  I was browsing Northerner.com and saw Offroad Gold White Mini and had no idea this one existed, so a friend of mine grabbed a can for me from them and shipped it over for me to review.  This one is listed as having 8mg/g of nicotine, but the portions feel like they're about a half a gram each so it's around 4mg/portion.

This one reminds me a lot of the Offroad Gold White Dry. The pouches and tobacco are dry to the touch. The aroma that comes through is a present smell of citrus, a light sweetness and a little pepper. The portions are a little dry, but that allows them to last a lot longer. I found with these I was about to enjoy them in the lip for up to 2 hours. They're pretty comfortable, as well. The taste develops relatively slowly. There is a mild citrus taste, a mellow salt balance and a little bit of pepper. The longer you have it in the more you'll notice a light tobacco presence in the background. As I mentioned in my review of Offroad Gold White Dry, I'd say this one isn't a General clone, but is closer to something like Oden's 69 White Dry. If you're into mini portion snus and want one with a traditional flavor, give this one a try!

09 September 2016

New Offroad Products/Names - 9 September 2016.

V2 Tobacco is preparing to release two new mini portions in the Offload Lineup - Offroad Cool M (Original Mini) and Offroad Mel Oh (Original Mini). Offroad Cool M is the same flavor as Thunder Cool Mint and Offroad Mel Oh will have a melon flavor, similar to Thunder Melon.  These are set to launch soon!

Also, other Offroad products are being renamed due to laws about flavoring/naming products that V2 is complying with. Offroad Eucalyptus White Mini is becoming Offroad Euca White Mini. Offroad Lakrits Original Mini is becoming Offroad Liq+ Original Mini. Offroad Lakrits White Mini is becoming Offroad Liq+ White Mini. Offroad Apple White Mini is becoming Offroad Sweet A White Mini. Offroad Mint White Mini is becoming Offroad Smooth M White Mini. On the far right I see Offroad Gold White Mini, but I can't see the new name, the print is very small. It doesn't look like it's changing, as "gold" isn't a flavor. Well, you could eat gold, but I can't imagine it would taste good in a snus.  These names should be going into effect very soon, so keep an eye out for them!