Conny Andersson's Crafted Snus: Whisky is here. I've known Conny for several years, and consider him a friend. I met him in 2010 when I went to Sweden and visited Swedish Match, and we've crossed paths and several snus meetings across the US over the past few years. Conny is the genius behind creations such as Kardus 2009, Kardus 2010, Kardus 2011, General Green Harvest (2011), Kardus 2012, Islay Whisky Snus and Mellgren’s IPA Snus. Conny left his partnership with GN Tobacco and moved on to AG Snus of Denmark, makers of Blue Ocean Snus and the Kapten Snus line. He has also started his own company, Crafted Snus. Needless to say, I've been looking forward to this release ever since I first heard about it. My friend Julls of the GoSmokeless.org YouTube Channel always said it best, "Conny has a PhD in taste." Now, on to the review! Just an advance warning, my reviews are usually short and to the point, but with special snus products like this that are in the "craft snus" realm, I feel like more explanation of what makes them special is needed. I'll be giving some background on what went in to this snus, and then doing a review of the snus itself.
Mellgren’s IPA Snus by Conny Andersson. Latakia is a well known pipe tobacco component that is known to have a smoky/peppery smell along with a wooden, smoky flavor with subtle hints of leather, pepper and anise. Latakia has a strong aroma/taste and is usually used in the tobacco blend. Green River is an Amish tobacco from Pennsylvania. Some of you may remember General Green Harvest, another Conny Andersson creation. This snus used Amish tobacco from Pennsylvania, as well. Some of the other tobaccos you may recognize from past Kardus Snus products by Conny Anderson. Indian Kurnool tobacco was used in Kardus 2008, Spanish tobacco was used in Kardus 2005 and Guatemala tobacco was used in Kardus 2009. These are tobaccos that Conny has worked with in the past and brought to this snus, as well. The Mata Norte and Latakia tobaccos are aged for two weeks in used whisky barrels from Glenfarclas Distillery, which adds more flavor to the tobaccos. The difference between this snus and Islay Whisky Snus is that this snus is pasteurized, whereas Islay Whisky Snus is fermented.
Scottish Whisky Association - The Highlands, Lowland, Islay and Campbeltown. Whereas Islay Whisky Snus was made with Islay Whisky, this snus is flavored with whisky from The Highlands. When it comes to scotch, Islay is the smokiest and strongest flavored of single malt scotch. The Highland whisky is more full bodied and has a deeper flavor of peat and smoke. The whisky used in this product comes from Glenfarclas, a Speyside whisky distillery located in Ballindalloch, Scotland that was established in 1836. Their whisky is produced "...in the traditional Speyside style, with a heavy Sherry influence." Glenfarclas is known for it's smooth, rich flavor with hints of wood, nut, and dried fruit.
The Crafted Snus: Whisky can is a thing of beauty. It is a metal can and has some exceptional artwork on it. The catch lid is located within the top lid of the snus can. The original portion version is a 20 gram can with 20 portions and 1.1% nicotine, or 11mg/g. Conny did say he plans on raising the nicotine in the future to 13mg/g. This snus costs $3.89 USD per can, which is slightly more than Islay Whisky Snus, which comes in at $3.74 USD per can. The can is a little hard to open at first, you'll need to dig your nail around the seal to cut the label, and then it's a little bit easier to open from there. I've heard that AG Snus is looking into this issue, so it may be resolved and be easier to open in future batches.
As with the original portion version, this one comes in a sleek metal can. You'll also find the catch lid inside the top lid of the snus can. The white portion version is also a 20 gram can, with 20 portions at 1 gram each. The nicotine content is 1.1%, or 11mg/g. The white portion version has the same price point, coming in at $3.89 USD, which is just a touch over Islay Whisky Snus, which costs $3.74 USD per can. This can also takes a little effort to get open, you'll need to cut all around the edge with your fingernail, and then it's much easier to get open. I assume AG is looking into this, like they are with the original portion can, to find a way to make it a little easier to open.
SnusCENTRAL.com had these in stock for sale to the US as of this morning, and if you're in the EU, TopSnus.com has them in stock, as well!