09 November 2009

Camel "SNUS" Robust - Review. 9 November 2015.

Disclaimer: Granted, I do write about American "SNUS" and "snus" from time to time, but the focus of my blog/website is introducing people to REAL Swedish Snus. When it comes to snus, REAL Snus comes from Sweden. There's a difference, and the difference is big. Please read this article to learn the difference for yourself.

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of American "SNUS".  But since I write a snus blog, and I started with this stuff, I want to make sure that I have reviews up of all these products.  The main reason being that people will find this blog and find out about REAL Swedish Snus.  In 2009, when I first discovered Camel "SNUS" trying to find a way to quit smoking, I was disappointed with the taste, quality, and amount of nicotine that Camel "SNUS" delivered.  I went online looking for more information about snus and to find out if there were any better products available.  Thankfully, I discovered Swedish Snus, began ordering online, and was able to quit smoking within a week of switching to REAL Swedish Snus.  If you're new to snus, welcome to a brand new world.  It's my hope that you will make the transition to REAL Swedish Snus and away from American "SNUS".  It's a much better world, I assure you.

Though I’m not a fan of American “SNUS”, I have reviewed all of the flavors of Camel “SNUS” - Frost (Regular Size), Frost (Large Size), Mellow, Robust, Winterchill and Mint.

To kick things off, I want to look at the sizes of Camel "SNUS".  Camel "SNUS" comes in two sizes - regular and large.  Looking at the picture to the right, you'll see (from right to left) Camel "SNUS" Large, Camel Snus Regular, Swedish Snus (General G3) Slim/Long Portion, Swedish Snus (General Mint) Regular White Portion.

Camel "SNUS" Large portions are massive.  I enjoy a Swedish Snus long/slim portion and the regular sized Camel "SNUS" portion is pretty close to it, but the Large size portion is a bit much.  I like a portion to be comfortable and discrete, and the Large portions are a bit much for that.  The regular sized portions are much more comfortable.

The quality of Camel "SNUS" has improved quite a lot from 2009.  The snus is more finely ground and no longer looks like cigarette tobacco.  The moisture, however, is still a problem.  If you look on the far left, you'll see some General Snus from Sweden which has a 50% moisture content.  If I had to guestimate, I would say the Camel "SNUS" has anywhere between 20%-30% moisture content, so it's not as dry as it used to be, but it's not as moist as it should be.  The nicotine is also still an issue.  Looking at Large size Camel "SNUS", more tobacco does not mean more nicotine.  When you look at nicotine, there are two things to look at - total nicotine and free nicotine.  Total nicotine is the amount of nicotine in the portion, and for regular Swedish Snus and Camel "SNUS" it's 8mg/g.  Free nicotine is the amount of nicotine your body can actually use.  General Snus is quite close to their total nicotine, with 6mg/g-7mg/g of free nicotine.  Camel "SNUS", however, is about half of that.  The reason being that RJ Reynolds did not design Camel "SNUS" to be a smoking replacement, but rather a smoking supplement.  Swedish Snus can help you quit smoking, but Camel "SNUS", unfortunately, doesn't have enough nicotine to do that.

Now, on to the review.  When you open a can of Camel Robust, a sickly sweet aroma comes through with a little musty tobacco aroma and a little pepper spice.  The sweetness comes on before the flavor does once you put a portion in your lip.  That off tasting musty tobacco flavor grows a bit more the longer you've had the pouch in, a little bit of citrus comes on and a small amount of pepper.  That sugar taste stays around for quite a while and mixes with the odd musty tobacco taste.  The closest thing I can think of is expired canned sweet tea.  If you've ever had it, you know what I'm talking about.  This stuff is awful.

If you want a Swedish Snus product that is close to this flavor but a much better quality, I would suggest General Classic Blend or General White Portion.  Both of these products are available over the counter in the US, you can find a store near you that carries them via the store locator at GeneralSnus.com.  I definitely suggest trying REAL Swedish Snus, because it is VASTLY better than American Camel "SNUS".

6 comments:

  1. damn. i was kinda excited... because RJ reynold guy told me there will be the new flavor..
    same as you, i was excited about "Winterchill." but it is same as the wintergreen....damn i hate wintergreen so much... anyway, thx for the informations.

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  2. I myself enjoy mellow and frost depending on what mood im in. I was looking forward to trying robust now but i'll just stick to mellow i think.

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  3. Mellow is what I like. I dont care for Robust.

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  4. Good stuff. Better than that poofy little, overpriced Swedish garbage. But, if you really want to be arrogant and dismissive about something I guess snus isnt that bug if a deal anyway, soo...

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    1. It isn't being "arrogant" and "dismissive" when you look at the facts.

      1. Camel "SNUS" uses lower quality tobacco than Swedish Snus.
      2. Camel "SNUS" does not have a substantial amount of free nicotine like Swedish Snus does.
      3. Camel "SNUS" is a supplement to smoking, not a replacement.
      4. We don't know how Camel "SNUS" is made, or what methods they use to produce it. With Swedish Snus there is full transparency.
      5. Swedish Snus ensures the tobacco has an adequate moisture amount for flavor release; Camel "SNUS" doesn't do this.
      6. With Swedish Snus, you get more portions for your buck. Camel "SNUS" doesn't give you much value.

      The facts are the facts. These aren't opinion or bias, these aren't things I've made up. You can't change facts.

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  5. I like Camel Snus .....what is the original flavor though, closest to say a "Straight"? I think I am allergic to Mint and Wintergreen so just looking for straight flavor. Thanks.

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