20 November 2019

Thunder LIT: Frosted (White Dry) Chew Bags - Review. 20 November 2019.

A lot of V2 chew bag products have gone through redesigns, so I'm doing a bunch of these chew bag reviews this week. This is one that used to be known as Thunder Frosted: Ultra Strong (White Dry) Chew Bags. I was surprised to see I haven't reviewed this one before. I know, weird, one that I missed. It has been rebranded as Thunder LIT: Frosted (White Dry) Chew Bags, and now comes with a new design to go with it.  The flavor description for this one says, "Thunder LIT Frosted White Dry Chew has a powerful and long-lasting taste of spearmint and menthol."  Each can weighs 13.2 grams and has 24 portions for 0.55g portions.  The nicotine content is 22mg/g (2.2%), which breaks down to 12.1mg/portion.

If you aren't familiar with Nordic Chew, or "chew bags", these are products that are made similar to snus, but with two differences. First, the tobacco is cut instead of ground, like traditional snus. Second, the portion material is slightly thicker so the bags can be chewed to release flavor and nicotine. I don't personally chew them, but some do. Those two differences allow these products to legally be sold in the EU in places where snus is banned.

When you open the can, the aroma is a mild, lightly sweet smell of spearmint. The chew bags are dryer to the touch than others I've had before, so they may not be as comfortable at first when you put them under the lip. However, as they get more moist, they do get more comfortable. Also, there's a nice cooling presence that you feel in the lip when you put one in. The flavor is a very gentle spearmint flavor, which comes through in a mild way. There's also a mild tobacco character in the background. The flavor lasts, on average, 1 to 1.5 hours. As far as the nicotine goes, I'd place it between the strong and extra strong level.  If you like mint products, Thunder Frosted is a good one to check out.  This one has a long lasting flavor, solid nicotine strength, and a really nice can design!

18 November 2019

Kurbits Snus - Craft Snus for the USA! 18 November 2019.

I couldn't be more excited about this news, but today I found out that Kurbitssnus is available to the US! There's a new store called SwedishProducts.online that is shipping it to the US. This is pretty exciting because I reviewed all these products not too long ago and really enjoyed them. I'm a big fan of supporting small companies, upstart companies, and anyone making a craft product. The folks behind Kurbitssnus definitely do that. They have passion for snus and it shows.  They currently have 4 products: Kurbitssnus Fäbodsnus, Kurbitssnus Morgondagg, Soldat Snus Vit, Soldat Snus Vinter Vit, and each of these products come in the large white size and the slim white size.  No original portions or loose yet, but I have my fingers crossed!  If you want to get ahold of them, hit up this link.  Also, at the bottom of this, I'll put links to my reviews for each one of these products, in text and video format.  If you're wanting to try something new and unique, don't miss out on these!

Kurbitssnus Fäbodsnus
Text - https://chadizzy1.blogspot.com/2019/08/kurbits-snus-fabodsnus-review-10-august.html
Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT9293TqOpQ

Kurbitssnus Morgondagg
Text - https://chadizzy1.blogspot.com/2019/08/kurbits-snus-morgondagg-review-14.html
Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXdNSSGsaRc

Soldat (Vit)
Text - https://chadizzy1.blogspot.com/2019/08/kurbits-snus-soldat-vit-review-12.html
Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmArYJfu_iE

Soldat Vinter (Vit)
Text - https://chadizzy1.blogspot.com/2019/08/kurbits-snus-soldat-vinter-vit-review.html
Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOjfeMdl8Ks

15 November 2019

Göteborgs Rapé Kardus (Winter 2019) - Review. 15 November 2019.

Christmas came early with this release - today we're talking about Göteborgs Rapé Kardus (Winter 2019)! This year, Swedish Match has released the first GR branded Kardus, and I couldn't be more excited. Göteborgs Rapé is my second favorite snus after General, so this is big news!  It is also the 100th year anniversary of GR this year, so this release is very appropriate!  Be forewarned, this review will be a long one, but since I paid 999 SEK ($103.19 USD) for it, I think it's worth the long review.  I got #127/1070 made.  This year is a collaboration between Swedish Match master blender Lars Öberg and Stefan Karlsson, another well known Swedish chef. Karlsson says, "One of the coolest things about being a chef is to see what happens when you add or remove a certain flavor. In the same way as when I look for the right seasoning for my dishes, I have gone as far as working with Lars Öberg on the flavors for this year's Göteborgs Rapé Kardus." For the flavor description, for this product the focus was on enhancing the flavors of Göteborgs Rapé (juniper and lavender) and enhancing it with forest flavors. The tobacco flavor is of a medium dark nature and there are also said to be notes of coniferous forest, herbs, and dried fruit. The nicotine level is 14mg/g (1.4%).  Each can contains 150 grams of tobacco.

This is the 10th's Kardus I've reviewed since 2009, so pictured here is ten years of Kardus.  We'll go left to right in this picture for a brief history of Kardus.  Kardus 2009-2012 came in small wooden boxes. Kardus 2009, still my favorite, was flavored with Guatemalen rum that was stored 23 years in oak barrrels. Kardus 2010 (or, as I called it, "Pirate Kardus") came with a piece of china recovered from the wreck of the East Indiaman Götheborg and was flavored with arrack. Kardus 2011, or Kardus Carnival Blend, was flavored with Cachaça, Brazil's most popular spirit. Kardus 2012 was flavored with sherry from Jerez in Spain.  The Kardus series would take a break from 2012 to 2015, then return with a new line:  General Kardus.  General Kardus Selection 2015 was really focused on tobacco quality, and had a great blend and flavor mix. General Kardus Fäviken 2016 was a collaboration with Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson from the Fäviken Magasinet Restaurant and Hotel in Sweden, and was a tobacco/herbal/berry type of flavor. Kardus 2017 was a collaboration with Hernö Gin, and tastes like a mix of General Snus and Göteborgs Rapé - it also came in a neat 3D printed container.  The Gastronomy series would launch in 2018 with General Gastronomy (Spring 2018), a collaboration with restauranteur Karl Ljung, which had a herb-heavy flavor. General Gastronomy (Winter 2018) would follow that one, and was another collaboration with Karl Ljung. That one was more floral than herbal.  And now, we have Göteborgs Rapé Kardus (Winter 2019)!

This year's release comes in a smaller white box, like the last two Kardus releases in the Gastronomy series.
Inside the box is a beautiful blue glass container with a gold lid, as well as a little book that has information about the release.  Like the past few Kardus releases, this year's release comes in a hand blown glass by Swedish glass maker Orrefors. Orrefors is the largest glass manufacturer in the Nordic region, and is a symbol of the Swedish glass industry. The vessels are mouth-blown by skilled glass blowers from Kosta and each vessel is individually numbered. Signatures are blasted in each vessel and, because the glasses are handmade, each vessel is extremely unique and one of a kind!

Usually when I get a Kardus release, I like to break it down into individual size cans.  This way I can use it on the go, and not have to carry around the big glass vessel.  I am the king of cargo shorts, but I don't think I can fit this glass vessel in my pocket.

I've had some requests for this, so here is a comparison between Göteborgs Rapé Kardus (pictured left), and Göteborgs Rapé Loose (pictured right).  Regular loose snus is ground, but Kardus is of the single cut type.  In Kardus, it is 100% lamina, meaning only the best parts of the tobacco are used. Kardus snus is cut to 0.72mm. The texture is a lot like long cut tobacco, so it is going to look much different to ground lös snus if this is your first go with a Kardus product.  It's not as easy to handbake as regular lös snus, but it can be done.  It just takes a little practice.

Now you're probably like, "Dude, get to the review already!"  The aroma has the components to regular GR, it has a present smell of juniper, hints of citrus, a mild tobacco character, an herbal quality, and a lightly sweet hint of spruce. The long cut tobacco is quite moist, and pretty easy to work with.  Once in the lip the flavor releases pretty quickly and is quite delicious.  It tastes a lot like regular GR - the juniper flavor is very present, along with tones of citrus, a lavender hint, and a well rounded, earthy, darker tobacco taste.  The herbal character seems to be more present, and there's also a nice taste of spruce.  It's like regular GR, but with a more amped up herbal taste, plus added spruce.  The nicotine feels to be between regular strength and strong with a 1-1.5 gram prilla.  The flavor lasts, on average, about 45-50 minutes.

I really enjoyed this year's Kardus release.  As a major fan of Göteborgs Rapé, and this was a very fitting release for the 100 year anniversary of GR.  Lovers of GR will enjoy this one, as it is like GR, but with added herbal and forest type flavors.  I'm really hoping they do like they did with the last General Gastronomy product and release a portion version.  Don't get me wrong, I love GR, but if this was out there as a portion version, it would replace GR for me.  No kidding.  At this time, it isn't available to the US, unfortunately, but if you're somewhere that can get this, I suggest trying it.  Also, they released 300 cans for Norway, in the Pantone 448C color, which I think actually looks pretty legit.  But, two thumbs up, Swedish Match.  I really enjoyed this one!

13 November 2019

Thunder LIT: Original (Original) Chew Bags - Review. 13 November 2019.

A lot of V2 chew bag products have gone through redesigns, so I'm doing a bunch of these chew bag reviews this week. This is one that used to be known as Thunder Original: Ultra Strong (Original) Chew Bags. I was surprised to see I haven't reviewed this one before. I know, weird, one that I missed. It has been rebranded as Thunder LIT: Original (Original Portion) Chew Bags, and now comes with a new design to go with it.  The flavor description for this one says, "Thunder LIT Original Chew has a traditional tobacco flavor with hints of bergamot."  Each can weighs 17.6 grams and has 24 portions for 0.73g portions.  The nicotine content is 22mg/g (2.2%), which breaks down to 16.13mg/portion.

If you aren't familiar with Nordic Chew, or "chew bags", these are products that are made similar to snus, but with two differences. First, the tobacco is cut instead of ground, like traditional snus. Second, the portion material is slightly thicker so the bags can be chewed to release flavor and nicotine. I don't personally chew them, but some do. Those two differences allow these products to legally be sold in the EU in places where snus is banned.

When you open the can, there is a nice earthy tobacco smell that comes through with a tea-like quality to it. The portions are moist, soft, and have a quick release of flavor under the lip! The taste is a mild, earthy tobacco taste. There's also that tea-like presence I pick up in the aroma. The flavor, on average, lasts about an hour, which is impressive for an original portion. The nicotine feels to be right at the extra strong level, as well. When everything these days is mint, it's nice to know there are still non-mint products out there. For folks in the EU with a more limited selection, I imagine it's a welcome change to see something that isn't mint flavored.  This one is pretty solid, and tobacco lovers will probably enjoy it!

12 November 2019

Skruf Super White Chew Bags: Cassice #3 - Review. 12 November 2019.

Skruf has released two new all white products for the EU: Skruf Super White Chew Bags! Today, we're talking about one with a flavor I really enjoy - black currant!  I've reviewed the snus version of this one in the past, except that one was a #2 strength (regular) and this one is a #3 strength (strong).  What's also interesting about these is that nicotine pouches are legal in the EU, so Skruf didn't technically need to call these "chew bags", but they did anyway for some reason.  When it comes to the flavor description for this one it says, “Skruf Super White Cassice #3 All White Chew Bags has prominent taste of blackcurrant and a slight sweetness.”  Each can weighs 18.7g and has 22 portions for 0.85g portions.  The nicotine strength is 3/4, which means it is a strong product.  If I had to guess, it’s probably between 12-14mg/g.

Here's a look at what is inside the pouch. Skruf's Superwhite products are completely free from tobacco, but still contain nicotine. This product actually contains plant fiber instead of nicotine. Again, I'm not sure why they called this product a "chew bag", as nicotine pouches are legal. These nicotine pouch products are a good alternative for people who may want to quit tobacco, but not quit nicotine. By using these, they can still enjoy nicotine, but are free from tobacco.

When you open the can, the aroma is a present smell of black currant with a light touch of menthol. When I first heard about this one, I wasn't too excited about mixing menthol/mint with black currant, but it's honestly not bad with this one. The portions are slim, soft, and comfortable to the touch. They also come with a nice cooling presence in the lip! The flavor is black currant, which comes through in a natural, lightly sweet way. The menthol isn't as detectable, and doesn't overpower the flavor of black currant. The flavor, on average, lasts about 40-50 minutes. The nicotine level feels to be right around the strong level.  This is a great tasting product, and one I definitely suggest checking out!  The menthol doesn't really overpower the blackcurrant, and the flavor works out really well.

10 November 2019

Thunder LIT: Ruby Sting (Original) Chew Bags - Review. 10 November 2019.

A lot of V2 chew bag products have gone through redesigns, so I'm doing a bunch of these chew bag reviews this week. This is one that used to be called Thunder Very Raspy (Ultra Strong) Chew Bags, which I reviewed back in 2017.  It went from "Very Raspy" to "Ruby Sting", but it's a raspberry flavor in case you were wondering.  Since it has a new name and a new design, I figured I'd do an all new review of it.  The flavor description for this one says, "Thunder LIT Ruby Sting Chew has a very sweet taste of raspberry".  Each can weighs 17.6g and has 24 portions for 0.73g portions.  The nicotine content is 22mg/g (2.2%), or 16.13mg/portion.

If you aren't familiar with Nordic Chew, or "chew bags", these are products that are made similar to snus, but with two differences. First, the tobacco is cut instead of ground, like traditional snus. Second, the portion material is slightly thicker so the bags can be chewed to release flavor and nicotine. I don't personally chew them, but some do. Those two differences allow these products to legally be sold in the EU in places where snus is banned.

When you open the can, the aroma is a sweet, fresh, cool raspberry smell. It has a cooling presence to it, even when you put one under the lip. However, I don't taste mint or menthol. The portions are moist, comfortable, and have a quick release of flavor! The taste is a very present, natural, fruity raspberry flavor. It lasts a good amount of time as well; usually 45-55 minutes on average! The nicotine strength feels well at the extra strong level.  I really enjoy the taste of this one and it's a shame the snus version isn't around anymore (especially for my friends Alex Clark of CASAA and AJ Moll of the Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education, who are both big fans of it).  If you're a chew bag user and want something with a nice fruity taste, definitely check this one out!

09 November 2019

Thunder LIT: Frosted (Original) Chew Bags - Review. 9 November 2019.

A lot of V2 chew bag products have gone through redesigns, so I'm doing a bunch of these chew bag reviews this week. This is one that used to be known as Thunder Frosted: Ultra Strong (Original) Chew Bags. I was surprised to see I haven't reviewed this one before. I know, weird, one that I missed. It has been rebranded as Thunder LIT: Frosted (Original) Chew Bags, and now comes with a new design to go with it. The flavor description for this one says, "Thunder LIT Frosted Chew has a powerful flavor of spearmint, and a rich lasting taste." Each can weighs 17.6g and has 24 portions for 0.73g portions.  The nicotine content is 22mg/g (2.2%), or 16.13mg/portion.

If you aren't familiar with Nordic Chew, or "chew bags", these are products that are made similar to snus, but with two differences. First, the tobacco is cut instead of ground, like traditional snus. Second, the portion material is slightly thicker so the bags can be chewed to release flavor and nicotine. I don't personally chew them, but some do. Those two differences allow these products to legally be sold in the EU in places where snus is banned.

When you open the can, the aroma is a present, sweet smell of spearmint. The portions are quite moist, and have a quick flavor release! There is also a nice, fresh cooling presence when you put one under the lip. The flavor is, like the aroma, a present flavor of spearmint. It’s a sweeter spearmint flavor, as well. The flavor, on average, lasts about 45 minutes. I find the nicotine to feel firmly at the extra strong level; it packs a solid kick!  If you like spearmint flavored products, this is probably one of the better ones on the market.  It has a nice flavor, a solid nicotine kick, and an even better looking can with the new redesign!