Grinds: Mint Chocolate Review
NOTE: Check out our updated 2017 review on Grinds Mint Chocolate - HERE!
Looking at these things - wow. They are insanely moist. More moist than any snus pouch I've ever seen. I'm sure these are designed to be put in your lower lips as they are targeting mostly the "dip" crowd by hooking in with baseball and whatnot, but I'm a snuser - so these babies are going upper deck. The aroma of these things is amazing. I could smell it from the outside of the can, but once you open it - wow. It smells really good. I've gone on record that I'm not a coffee guy, but for some reason I like the smell and taste of coffee beans. Just as a drink it doesn't do it for me. These have an underlying bitterness to them which is distinctively coffee, but with flavors wrapped around it to not make it a turn-off. Mint Chocolate has a neat little tingle to it and an underlying coolness along with a great flavor that reminds me of Thunder ChocMint. The pouches are also very comfortable in the lip. And wow, what a kick. It's almost immediate and it is strong! The flavor doesn't last too long and kinda mellows out after about 30 minutes, but overall a good experience.
Moving along to Cinnamon Roll - this is the one that smells the best. It smells like a cinnamon roll, for real. I can even smell butter in there somewhere, it's crazy. As with the last one, the pouches are super moist, and though I know these are intended to be lower decked, I'm going to upper deck - because I'm a snuser and it's how I roll. As with Mint Chocolate, there is an underlying bitterness due to the presence of coffee, but the flavors of Cinnamon Roll counteract that and it's actually a pretty pleasant taste all around. It tastes like - wait for it - a cinnamon roll. The flavor lasts a good 30 minutes before it mellows out and kinda fades away, but the caffeine kick is killer. These would definitely be a great early morning pick me up - breakfast/coffee/caffeine in one. This one's so good I want to eat it, though the folks at Grinds don't advise that - so don't go eating your pouches.
Last but not least - Mocha. As I've said before, I'm not a big coffee fan, but I do like the taste/aroma of coffee beans, so I'll see how this one turns out. As Denis Leary once said, "It's coffee flavored coffee." Last round, insanely moist coffee pouch going in the upper lip. The aroma of these is straight up coffee beans - no vanilla, no sugar, no sweetness - just coffee. If you're into that kinda thing, you'll dig these. Without the accompanying flavor I found these can be rather bitter and I can't keep one in my mouth longer than 10-15 minutes. Your results may be different, but I'm not much of a coffee guy so the taste was a bit of a turn-off for me. But if you like coffee taste - these are probably more for you than me. The caffeine kick was almost immediate, and after spending a day with these and going through pouch after pouch I feel like I'm ready to run a marathon. Seriously. These things are no joke when it comes to caffeine.
The Lies....I mean, "The Truth", which is a seriously anti-tobacco group. As a harm reduction advocate and someone who has fought to spread the word about harm reduced alternatives, this does kinda bug me a bit. If you want to know more about "The Truth" and their lie machine that churns out anti-tobacco material, check out this article I did a while back that goes up against what they say is "the truth". Other than that - Grinds is a great new product which I think has a seat at the table amongst all the other anti-smoking anti-dipping products. The quality is great, the flavors are on point, and I look forward to seeing their products spread and more people use them.