25 September 2014
Österlensnus - A new, small batch snus from Sweden! 25 September 2014.
Eskil Thomsen, the man behind Österlensnus has been into snus his whole life. He bought a farm and began to make his own wine, slaughtered his own lamb and chickens, and began growing his own vegetables. Eventually, he began to buy raw tobacco to make his own snus. After a while, he saw how easy it was to grow tobacco, and eventually started making his own snus, which he called Österlensnus.
It took some time for Eskil to get the snus making process perfect perfected. The first year, he lost 90% of his crop, but last year only lost about 30%, a vast improvement.
This year’s snus is organic grown Alida tobacco (some of you old school snusers may remember this as the tobacco Gotlandssnus used to use). Alida tobacco has a light/herbal type flavor with a slight sweetness to it. Österlensnus does not use binders, humectants, smoke flavorings, sweeteners, colors or extra nicotine. They rely on the tobacco “just as it is”. In the can it's simply tobacco, water, salt and soda - as simple as simple can be.
So when I call it "small batch", I'm referring to the fact that this isn't a product made by a large snus manufacturer, but one that is made in small batches. It isn't made in a factory, but is produced right there on the farm. This eliminates a lot of steps, the tobacco goes into the can in the same place it was born.
Monday, September 1st 2014 his snus began being sold in Sweden. Each can contains about 40grams of lossnus. At this time he isn't producing portion snus due to the cost, but if you're interested in making his los into portions, you can pick up Prillan - I did a video tutorial on how to make portions from lossnus.
He only produced 1,000 cans this year. If you're interested in more information, you can like their Facebook Page or check out their website at Osterlensnus.se. He also has a blog with lots of background and information. You can purchase it at the Vitaby Country Store or The Brothers Levin Mack in Brosarp. If you're interested in becoming a retailer, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is absolutely heavenly. It is straight up tobacco - dark, rich, earthy - everything a snus should be. For those who remember Pioneer, it's a lot like that, but lacks the spiciness that Pioneer had.
Österlensnus is a snus for people who like tobacco. I've talked about it before and often pondered why snus companies don't like embracing the tobacco flavor and feel the need to cover it up with so many flavorings. This snus embraces it and it shines through in the flavor. Österlensnus has a dark, rich, earthy tobacco flavor with a slightly smoky taste and a hint of salt. It all blends together perfectly and tastes like, well, tobacco! This snus is great.
I really hope they make more of this in the future because there are barely any tobacco products out there like this one. Pioneer was one that many of us enjoyed and it was sadly taken away from us. If this makes it to the web stores someday, I have a feeling a lot of people who like the taste of tobacco are going to be very happy.