11 May 2009

General Wintergreen. Updated 2 May 2015.

I originally wrote this article in May of 2009, and a lot has changed in the snus world since then, so I felt like it was time for an update.  Lots of people who are new to Swedish Snus are now able to find General Snus locally, and people who are switching from dip to snus, or people who are dippers and want to try something new, are finding General Wintergreen and wanting to know more information about it.

A little background on my love/hate relationship with wintergreen.  My senior year in high school, my girlfriend at the time and I went and bought some dip. I don't remember what kind if was, just that it was wintergreen. I remember that smell so vividly, I still to this day love the smell. We got on the interstate and started heading to Little Rock for the evening, and I remember putting it in my mouth and....spitting it all over the car. This was not for me.  To this day, I'm still not a major fan of the wintergreen taste - in dip or in snus.   But, lots of people are trying Swedish Snus so I wanted to have this review out there for folks who are wondering what this snus stuff is all about.

One thing I hear about often is the pouches breaking whenever you fluff them (rolling them around to loosen up the tobacco). This has been an issue since 2009, and it's still happening today. The wintergreen oils cause the pouches to split open at the seams, so if you fluff these you have to do it very gently or they'll bust open and you'll lose your snus. I haven't had them bust open in my mouth, but it happens from time to time when I fluff them before I put the portion in my lip.

When you open a can of General Wintergreen, the first thing you notice is the star formation. This is common of most white portion snus products made by Swedish Match. A white portion is basically an original portion without the extra moisture added at the end of production. They're a little dryer, and the flavor and nicotine comes on a little bit slower than an original portion, but it lasts longer.  The aroma of General Wintergreen is just that, wintergreen.  There's a slight hint of sweetness in the smell, but not much.  The flavor of wintergreen is very present with a slight hint of sweetness and a little tobacco taste in the background.  These are 8mg/g in strength, so they're regular nicotine strength.  The flavor and nicotine come on slowly, but last a pretty decent amount of time.  At the end of the day, I'm still not a wintergreen fan.  I bought this so I could take new pictures, update this review and do a video review of it - it's not something I'd buy again.  But that's me.  I personally know lots of people who like this product - so if you're a fan of the wintergreen taste, it's not a bad one to try.  Swedish Match makes the highest quality snus on the market, so you'll definitely be experiencing a quality Swedish Snus with this one.

2 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you on this one. I keep getting it as my free mystery can from getsnus.com and it is horrible. It smells like toothpaste flavored tobacco. This product was probably meant to target the heavy menthol smokers and chewing tobacco market. I still have a can in my freezer that I have no idea what to do with.

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  2. I think that's why they made it - to target that market, especially those going from dip to snus, as wintergreen is VERY popular.

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