02 April 2015

General XRANGE Slim Large Original Portion - Review. 2 April 2015.

Of all 5 new XRANGE products, this is the one I was looking forward to reviewing the most. I'm a big fan of General Long Portion, I've used it daily for a very long time now, and I consider it to be the perfect snus. When I heard it was being discontinued and replaced with General XRANGE Slim Large Original Portion, I was very concerned. Replacing my favorite snus with a brand new product was a big deal, because I didn't know how I would feel about the new product, and whether or not it would be as enjoyable as my old favorite, General Long Portion.

To do a aesthetic omparison between the two, I like the old can better. The XR can graphics are very bold, and I'm sure they'll attract attention - but for me personally, I like the old can better. The new XRANGE seems to be a little less moist than the old General Long.  As far as size goes, the new XRANGE portions seem a little less slim than the old General Long portions, but they feel about the same weight.  Don't get me wrong, they're still long/slim in size, but not as slim as what I'm used to.  If you click on the photo you can view a high quality version of it for comparison.

Now on to the important part, the review. The product description says, "A spicy tobacco taste with notes of bergamot and hints of tea, hay and leather. General Slim Original has a long and narrow pouch for an optimized fit under the lip. Has a slightly moistened surface for a quick release of flavor. XRANGE is a new snus series consisting of five products with well-known flavours from the Swedish Match brand collection. Thanks to a new technology the portions are long lasting with minimal drip."

First, when it comes to the aroma, General XRANGE Slim Large Original Portion has a slightly smoky/spicy pepper aroma when you open the can. That differs from the old General Long, which has more of a citrus aroma when you open the can.  The flavor of this one seems to be a bit more bold than General Long.  Whereas General Long was more mellow, this has a more bold tobacco taste with more present hints of pepper and a little smokiness.  The citrus flavor of bergamot is present, however it seems to be less present than in General Long.  The salt balance doesn't seem to have changed, however, it's about equal when comparing the two.  I did notice that it didn't run/drip as quickly as General Long, which I find to be enjoyable.

As far as a comparison goes, I prefer the old General Long Portion.  That being said, General is my favorite snus, and I enjoy the long/slim original portion, so this is the one I will be replacing General Long with.  This isn't a bad snus, at all.  It has a great flavor, the portion feels great in the lip, and I enjoy the slower drip.  I'm sure in time it will grow on me, it's just always hard to replace something you love with something new.

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