21 October 2019

Paz Nicopods: Ice Blue - Review. 21 October 2019.

Paz is a nice line of snus and nicopod products from Dholakia Tobacco in India, a well known snuff manufacturer. Earlier this year I reviewed their first nicopod products and their first snus products and enjoyed them. It seems only fitting that they're now launching a mint flavored product.  I'm not sure where all they are selling these, but a friend of mine in Estonia sent me this  can to try out.  The flavor description for these says, "Softer and stronger with a lasting mint taste". The can weighs 11 grams, and I counted 22 portions, which would be 0.5g each. I was told the nicotine content is 16mg/g (1.6%), which would be 8mg/portion.

If you're not familiar with nicopods, or nicotine pouches, these are products that do not contain tobacco.  They do, however, still have nicotine.  These are products for those who may want to quit tobacco, but still enjoy nicotine!

When you open the can, the aroma is a fresh, cool, mellow peppermint smell. When I put one in the lip I notice a mild burn, which gives way to a gentle cooling sensation. The portions are soft, comfortable, and moist. They’re light in weight, but don’t feel too light. The taste is a pretty fresh, but mild flavor of peppermint. It’s not too sharp, it’s actually pretty gentle. The nicotine on this one packs a solid kick and feels to be right around the extra strong level. I find the flavor, on average, lasts about 45 minutes.  It's a pretty solid mint product.  If you're an Estonian nicopod user, and you dig the taste of mint, check this one out.  Dholakia has been doing a great job with their new nicotine pouch and snus products.  I look forward to seeing more from them in the future!

15 October 2019

Nordic Spirit (Smooth Mint) Nicotine Pouches - Review. 15 October 2019.

I originally reviewed this product back in July of 2018, but it recently got a facelift, so I'm revisiting the Nordic Spirit line! Not only that, but they've also launched a new addition to the Nordic Spirit line - Elderflower!  The Nordic Spirit line is a line of nicotine pouches made by Nordic Snus AB.  It now comes in three flavors: mint, berry citrus, and elderflower.  This is one of the two original flavors, and I must say - the new can looks much better. The flavor description for this one says, "The right amount of crisp menthol, together with sweet peppermint." This product come with a 13 gram can containing 20 slim portions, at 0.65 grams each. There is a nicotine content of 9mg/portion, which means the total nicotine content is probably around 13-14mg/g.

If you're new to nicotine pouches, these are products that are similar to snus, but with one difference: they don't contain tobacco. So for those who want to enjoy nicotine but not tobacco, these products are for you. This is a photo from last time I reviewed this product to show you what's inside the pouch compared to regular snus. When it comes to this product, Nordic Snus AB says Nordic Spirit is has “naturally extracted nicotine and refreshing flavors, completely tobacco-free. The clean white slim portions are less runny yet feel soft due to the natural plant fiber and gum-base composition giving fullness to the pouches.

If you've had this one before, the flavor really hasn't changed; it tastes like it did last time I had it.  When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is a light menthol character and a gentle, lightly sweet smell of peppermint. The portions are slightly dry, but are still soft the touch and comfortable in the lip. In the lip, I notice a mild cooling presence and a freshness throughout my mouth. The taste is a gentle, lightly sweet taste of peppermint and a hint of menthol.  The nicotine level on this one feels to be a touch stronger than regular strength. The flavor also lasts around 45-55 minutes.

If you're into nicotine pouches and like the mint flavor, this is a pretty tasty option.  The new can design looks much better as well!

14 October 2019

Nordic Spirit (Berry Citrus) Nicotine Pouches - Review. 14 October 2019.

I originally reviewed this product back in July of 2018, but it recently got a facelift, so I'm revisiting the Nordic Spirit line! Not only that, but they've also launched a new addition to the Nordic Spirit line - Elderflower!  The Nordic Spirit line is a line of nicotine pouches made by Nordic Snus AB.  It now comes in three flavors: mint, berry citrus, and elderflower.  This is one of the two original flavors, and I must say - the new can looks much better. The flavor description for this one says, "The citrus from the bergamot is complemented by notes of sweet and tangy wildberry for a truly refreshing experience." This product come with a 13 gram can containing 20 slim portions, at 0.65 grams each. There is a nicotine content of 9mg/portion, which means the total nicotine content is probably around 13-14mg/g.

If you're new to nicotine pouches, these are products that are similar to snus, but with one difference: they don't contain tobacco. So for those who want to enjoy nicotine but not tobacco, these products are for you. This is a photo from last time I reviewed this product to show you what's inside the pouch compared to regular snus. When it comes to this product, Nordic Snus AB says Nordic Spirit is has “naturally extracted nicotine and refreshing flavors, completely tobacco-free. The clean white slim portions are less runny yet feel soft due to the natural plant fiber and gum-base composition giving fullness to the pouches.

If you had this one before the new design, it's the same product, but with a new design. The aroma of this one is bergamot, but with a little orange smell as well. The berry aroma isn’t too sweet, and has a little tartness to it. It reminds me of cranberry, and a little of raspberry. The portions are slightly dry to the touch but have a soft portion material and are pretty comfortable in the lip, as well! In the taste, I notice the berry more than the citrus. It’s lightly sweet in character, and a little tart. There’s also a gentle citrus taste in the background that reminds me of bergamot, but a little orange, too. The nicotine feels to be a little stronger than regular strength, and I find the flavor lasts about 45-55 minutes on average.

If you like nicotine pouches, this one is pretty solid.  The citrus flavor isn't too common in this category, so it's nice to see something different!

10 October 2019

LD Stark Vit (White) - Review. 10 October 2019.

If you've read my reviews long, you know I'm a big fan of LD. In my opinion, it is #2 behind General for best traditional flavored Swedish Snus product. In February of 2018, Nordic Snus launched LD Stark Original, and now they've followed it with LD Stark Vit (White)!  Not only that, but with this product (and the regular strength LD White), Nordic Snus has launched a new white portion material, which I'll talk about momentarily.  The flavor description for this one says, "LD White Strong Portion snus brings the traditional tobacco/bergamot/pepper LD flavor profile to a high nicotine white portion."  LD White Stark comes in a 16g can with 20 portions for 0.8g portions.  The nicotine content is 14mg/g (1.4%), or 11.2mg/portion!

When you open the can, the aroma is a mild, clear smell of citrus. The portions, as I mentioned before, are soft. I notice they are much softer than I remember from the last time I had LD White Portion; they feel great in the lip! The flavor is a mild flavor of citrus accompanied by a mild tobacco character. It's not as tart as other bergamot snus products, and it's not as peppery, either. LD Stark Vit has a very well balanced flavor, perfect for all day use. The nicotine on this one feels to be stronger than a regular strength, but it isn't too over the top. The flavor also lasts quite a while; usually I can keep these in for a little over an hour!

LD is a budget line, but in my opinion it doesn't have a budget flavor.  It's a great alternative for those wanting to save a few bucks, but not sacrifice in quality!

08 October 2019

Nordic Spirit (Elderflower) Nicotine Pouches - Review. 8 October 2019.

Nordic Snus AB has launched a new product in their Nordic Spirit line - Nordic Spirit (Elderflower)! The Nordic Spirit line launched in July of 2018, and has recently gone through a redesign in addition to the launch of this product. I really dig the flavor of elderflower, Jakobsson's Fl├Ąder was a favorite of mine for many years. This is the first release of this flavor in the growing nicotine pouch category, and I've really been enjoying it!  The flavor description for this one says "The smoothness of the elderflower delivers a great nicotine kick with mild but very tasty tones".  This product come with a 13 gram can containing 20 slim portions, at 0.65 grams each. There is a nicotine content of 9mg/portion, which means the total nicotine content is probably around 13-14mg/g.

If you're new to nicotine pouches, these are products that are similar to snus, but with one difference: they don't contain tobacco. So for those who want to enjoy nicotine but not tobacco, these products are for you. This is a photo from last time I reviewed this product to show you what's inside the pouch compared to regular snus. When it comes to this product, Nordic Snus AB says Nordic Spirit is has “naturally extracted nicotine and refreshing flavors, completely tobacco-free. The clean white slim portions are less runny yet feel soft due to the natural plant fiber and gum-base composition giving fullness to the pouches.

When you open the can, the aroma is a mild smell of elderflower. If you don't know what that smells/tastes like, to me it reminds me of a mild, but tart green apple with herbal tones. The portions are slim, soft, and pretty comfortable under the lip! They're a little dry, but not too dry. The flavor is a mild, gentle taste of elderflower. It's not too sweet, and has a nice summery flavor! Again, it reminds me of a light taste of green apple, with some mild herbal hints in the background. The nicotine strength feels to be a touch stronger than regular strength, but not too strong. The flavor seems to last about 40-50 minutes on average!

I'm excited to see a different flavor in the nicotine pouch category, and I really enjoyed this one.  If you like this sort of product and want to try something different, check this one out!

07 October 2019

Zyn Espressino (Mini Dry) Nicotine Pouches - Review. 7 October 2019.

Today I'm going to be reviewing a new Zyn product for the Swedish market: Zyn Espressino Mini Dry! If you've read my reviews long, you know I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy the occasional coffee snus! In fact, of the Zyn products available in the US, I do enjoy the Zyn Coffee from time to time. This one is like the Zyn products sold in the US, but it's one that's available on the Swedish market. So, apologies to those in the US, this isn't one you'll be able to buy in your local store.  This one also doesn't come with the childproof lid like Zyn in the US, which I hope isn't a reflection of how Swedes view us across the pond.

When it comes to Zyn Espressino, the flavor description says, "ZYN Espressino is one of two new products from ZYN. It has a dark character and as its name implies it has a clear element of coffee, mixed with cocoa, nougat and vanilla. The combination gives a deep flavor complemented by creamy sweetness.  These flavors form a dark character with deep flavors and sweet tones".  This one comes in an 8g can with 20 portions, for 0.4g portions.  The nicotine content is 7.5mg/g (0.75%), or 3mg per portion.

If you're not familiar with Zyn, here's a look at what's inside the pouch. This is a nicotine pouch product, meaning it contains nicotine, but no tobacco! Zyn Mini Dry contains flavor, non-tobacco filler, nicotine salts and pH balancers.  It looks a bit like table salt.  The nicotine pouch category has been growing lately, as a number of people are wanting to quit tobacco, but not nicotine.  While these aren't products I use myself, I am glad they exist for that segment of the market who wants to continue to enjoy nicotine, but may want to quit tobacco.

When you open the can, the aroma is a lightly sweet, creamy coffee smell with a hint of vanilla. These nicotine pouches are small, and dry to the touch. They aren't super comfortable at first, but as they get more moist they do get more comfortable. The flavor is super tasty! It's a sweet, creamy, natural black coffee taste. I also notice a little hint of vanilla in the background, which mixes very well with the coffee flavor! The nicotine level is very light, and doesn't feel as strong as a regular strength product. I have to use two of these when I review them. The flavor, on average, lasts about 30-40 minutes.  It is a pretty tasty product!  If you're a nicotine pouch fan who likes the taste of coffee, you're going to enjoy this one.

03 October 2019

Fully Loaded (Nicotine Pouches) - Review. 3 October 2019.

I review a lot of nicotine pouch products on this website, which are primarily designed for snusers. Nicotine pouches are basically any products that contain nicotine, but no tobacco. These are products that seem to be designed for dippers given their portion size and flavors. Fully Loaded makes products that have nicotine, and even some that don't have nicotine. They make them in a cut similar to dip, but also in the pouch format, which I'm talking about today. Looking at the side of the can, I can see that these are made from mint leaf and kudzu root instead of tobacco. They also use xylitol as a sweetener.  In this review, I'm going to be talking about their straight flavor, their classic flavor, their mint flavor, and their wintergreen flavor!  These pouches are available on their website, but also on Northerner.com for US consumers.

Fully Loaded: Classic (Nicotine Pouches)

The flavor description for this one says it has a “sweet, smooth, and rich taste”.  Each can is said to weigh 23.25 grams, and in this one I counted 18 portions.  The portion count seems to vary from can to can.  I can't find the nicotine strength anywhere so I'm not sure what it is.

This one seems to be for those who like tobacco flavored products. The aroma has an earthy, mildly sweet, smoky smell. The pouches are very similar to dip pouches - they are large, and they are moist! The flavor comes on pretty quickly when you put one in the lip; like the aroma it has an earthy flavor to it. It also has a light touch of sweetness, and hints of smoke.  I'm not sure what the nicotine strength is on this one, but it feels to be between 8mg/g-12mg/g if I had to guess.  The flavor lasts around 35-45 minutes on average.

Fully Loaded: Mint (Nicotine Pouches)

The flavor description for this one says it has a “bold and icy mint flavor. The mint is a blend of flavors mixed in our herbal blend to give an authentic mint chew taste”.  Each can is said to weigh 23.25 grams, and in this one I counted 17 portions.  The portion count seems to vary from can to can.   I can't find the nicotine strength anywhere so I'm not sure what it is.

When you open the can, the aroma is a sweet, but dark smell of mint.  It's kind of like a musky peppermint.  The pouches are big, moist, and bring on the flavor pretty quickly.  With this one, I also notice a nice cooling presence in the lip, and a little burn when I put one in.  The flavor is a sweet taste of peppermint with a light herbal character in the background.  It's a pretty refreshing taste!  The flavor itself seems to last about 35-45 minutes on average.  I don't know what the nicotine strength is, but going off of how it feels I'd guesstimate it's between 8mg/g-12mg/g.

Fully Loaded: Straight (Nicotine Pouches)

The flavor description for this one says it has the “the authentic, straight flavor you're looking for”.  Each can is said to weigh 23.25 grams, and in this one I counted 15 portions.  The portion count seems to vary from can to can.   I can't find the nicotine strength anywhere so I'm not sure what it is.

If you're a snuser, you may not know what "straight" is.  It's a popular flavor amongst dip products.  It kind of reminds me of root beer, and at times it reminds me of wintergreen.  Why is that you may ask?  Well, you probably didn't, but I'll tell you anyway.  Both root beer and wintergreen contain Methyl Salicylate.  Straight flavored dip has Salicylic acid Ethyl ester, and those two compounds are only a carbon group apart.  The aroma of this one very much has that straight presence to it - it also has a touch of smoke to it.  The pouches are quite big, and moist, and have a quick flavor release.  The flavor is also very similar to that straight dip taste; it is smoky, and lightly sweet.  The nicotine feels to be between 8mg/g-12mg/g if I had to guess, and I find the flavor lasts about 35-45 minutes on average!

Fully Loaded: Wintergreen (Nicotine Pouches)

The flavor description for this one says it has a “full Wintergreen experience. Sweet, refreshing, balanced and made with blended spearmint leaves, Wintergreen delivers the goods”.  Each can is said to weigh 23.25 grams, and in this one I counted 17 portions.  The portion count seems to vary from can to can.   I can't find the nicotine strength anywhere so I'm not sure what it is.

I'm not the biggest fan of wintergreen, so I try to be as objective as possible when I review wintergreen products.  Even though they aren't for me, I know lots of people dig that flavor, so I try to be open minded.  When you open the can, the aroma is that big, bold, American wintergreen presence.  If you like wintergreen dip, you'll probably love this stuff.  The pouches are big, plump, moist and have a quick flavor release to them.  The taste is a rich, bold, present flavor of wintergreen.  The flavor tends to last about 35-45 minutes on average, and I find the nicotine strength to be around 8mg/g-12mg/g if I had to guess.

All in all, I enjoyed these products.  I think people who dip and are looking for a way out will enjoy these.  They have a lot of taste to them, big pouches, and a solid nicotine delivery.  For products without tobacco, I think Fully Loaded delivers a flavor that lovers of tobacco will find approachable, and enjoyable!