took a trip to Sweden to tour Swedish Match's factories. We hung out again in New York City in 2012 for another Snus Summit and shortly after that he left Swedish Match. Conny went on to work with GN Tobacco, maker of Oden's Extreme and various other Oden's and Olde Ving products and started down the path of making his own small-batch premium snus. Julls from SnusCENTRAL once remarked that Conny has a "PHD in Taste", and if you've ever tried Kardus and tasted any of his work, you know how true that statement is. Recently I did a preview of Islay Whiskey Snus, you know how excited I am about it. This is a snus that has been in the works since 2012. It's made of tobacco from Nicaragua, Pennsylvania, South Africa and Ghana and paired with whiskey of Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.
Probe Whiskey from Swedish Match, and if you're a fan of that, this snus is about 10 steps up from that in terms of taste. Whereas that snus had a sweeter whiskey taste, this one doesn't. The flavor is a bold, rich, dark and pure tobacco flavor with hints of whiskey and smoke and a mellow salt balance. The whiskey isn't too strong or overbearing, but it exists and melds gently with the tobacco to provide a very premium and exquisite taste. All in all, it is a fabulous snus. It's up there in the top 10 most flavorful snuses I've had in the past almost 5 years I've been reviewing snus. As of right now, it's only available in these stores in Sweden, and I'm not sure if any webstores are going to be picking it up, though it would seem likely that it'll happen eventually. It's priced at around 10$ a can in Sweden, but it's worth every penny. Without Kardus this year, it's great to have a premium snus available that will take it's place. Conny did a great job on this snus, and I'm thrilled to finally be able to enjoy it.
Keep an eye out for it, I think it's shipping now, so if your cans say #6, you're into the new batch. Or you can just tell by how much darker the portions are, it's pretty apparent.