28 August 2011

Kronan (Original Portion) Review. 28 August 2011.

Review Updated: 24 October 2017

This week, I'm revisiting the entire Kronan line. In August, 2011 I reviewed Kronan Original Portion, in May 2013 I reviewed Kronan Stark Vit, in October 2014 I reviewed Kronan Stark Original, in September 2015 I reviewed Kronan Los, and in November 2014 I reviewed Kronan Vit.  Kronan is a snus I've never been able to get into, but I figured it's been a few years since I've tried most of this line so why not revisit it? After all, I wasn't a big fan of Göteborgs Rapé when I first tried it, but I fell in love with it when I reviewed the Göteborgs Rapé Slim Can version in 2013.  Now, speaking about Kronan, the name  means “the crown” in Swedish. It was created in 2005 as a reaction to the taxes being raised on snus. In fact, one of the Swedish Match tobacco masters was once quoted as saying “We can't really do anything about the taxes but we can cut costs as much as possible while still providing a good product." The product line was redesigned in March 2017, so I figured it was a good time to revisit Kronan!

The flavor description for Kronan Original says, “Dark tobacco character with elements of violet and citrus, as well as some green herbs.” This product comes in a 21.6 gram can with 24 portions, for 0.9g portions. The nicotine strength is 8.5mg/g (0.85%), which breaks down to 7.65mg/portion.

When you open the can the aroma that greets you is a dark, earthy tobacco smell accompanied by mild herbal notes, a light hint of violet, and fresh dill. Yes, dill. It’s something I always notice in Kronan. The portions are plump, moist, and have a quick release of flavor. The flavor is a rich, dark, earthy tobacco taste. There’s a light taste of lemon, a mild herbal flavor, a faint hint of violet, and a taste of fresh dill. It’s weird, I like pickles, I like fresh dill, but I don’t like it in snus. The flavor of this product lasts around 45 minutes and starts to turn bitter towards the end, usually at around the 35-40 minute mark. The nicotine strength feels to be right at the regular level.

This was the third time I've tried Kronan Original Portion and I still can't get into it.  Something about that dill flavor just turns me off. It’s an interesting taste, but not for me. If you haven’t tried Kronan, it’s worth giving a try. Doing a price comparison at SnusBolaget.se, Kronan Original is priced at 26kr (3.16 USD), compared to General Original at 42kr (5.11 USD).  So, if you're a budget conscious snuser, this is certainly a way to save a little cash.  But at the end of the day, I still can't get into Kronan.  But I can say I tried!

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