08 September 2015

Göteborgs Rapé - Original Portion. Review. 8 September 2015.

Today's the day I've been looking forward to for the past few weeks, Göteborgs Rapé (Goteborg's Rape) Original Portion has finally been released. When I first started snusing in 2009, I used GR on and off, but I didn't start using it full time until GR Slim White was released in 2013. 

Swedish Match supplied a little background on this release: "Göteborgs Rapé was introduced in 1919. The snus is distinguished by a mellow tobacco flavor and a pronounced touch of juniper berry. Göteborgs Rapé used to be produced in the Original Large format, but this variation was phased out in connection with the launch of the White Portion format. The demand for Göteborgs Rapé in Original Large has been consistent over the years, and we are now re-launching the product. Swedish Match has developed the Original Large pouch, and made it slightly dryer and less salty than before, but still with the distinct Göteborgs Rapé-flavor intact."

The can looks much like other GR cans, a blue background with gold trim. It's a pretty basic, but classy looking can. Blue is my favorite color, so I've always been a fan of this one.

As I've said in reviews I've done in the past, I prefer original portions.  I find they have the most full flavor and comfort when it comes to a snus pouch.  If they had released this in a slim original portion, I would have been in heaven!  But, I'll take it as a win that we even get GR released in the original portion format.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the can is that the portions are very moist and plump.  The aroma is much more powerful and pronounced than GR White Portion.  There's a very present smell of juniper, a slight hint of lemon, and a mildly sweet aroma of flowers and herbs.  It smells much like regular GR, but the aroma is more bold and powerful.  The flavor comes on very quickly.  The juniper taste is front and center, the lemon flavor is a little mild but it is detectable.  The floral notes come through a little sweeter in the original portion format than in the white portion, and the floral notes compliment them very well.  This snus tastes amazing.  I've been using GR White Portion pretty regularly for the past few years, but I will definitely be switching to GR Original Portion.

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