06 February 2016
General Mackmyra (Portion & Los) - Reviews. 6 February 2015.
General Mackmyra has apparently been in the works since 2014, but the release was set to coincide with 2016, the 150th anniversary of General Snus. Master Blenders from Swedish Match Lars Jonsson and Mattias Schemer joined with the master blender from Mackmyra, Angela D’Orazio, to craft this snus. The flavor profile is said to be “a tobacco-centric snus flavored to contain a subtle tone of fruit with notes of cedar and Mackmyra Svensk Ek Whisky. Svensk Ek, or 'Swedish Oak', is matured in barrels made from oak trees planted on the island of Visingsö centuries ago, oak originally intended for shipbuilding.”
The whisky category has been growing a lot over the years. In 1994, Swedish Match launched Probe Whisky, which was flavored with Kentucky Bourbon. In 2014, Conny Andersson, formerly of Swedish Match, launched Islay Whisky Snus at GN Tobacco, flavored with Islay whisky. A year later, Conny went on to AG Snus and launched another whisky snus - Crafted Snus Whisky, flavored with whisky from Glenfarclas. As the category is growing, it only made sense that Swedish Match would launch more of a single malt whisky flavor. Before we get into the review, I want to give a little background on the Mackmyra distillery.
Nick and Johnny Small Batch Licorice Snus. It has a very craft snus look to it.
General Variation: Smoky Oak but with no citrus and an added whisky taste. The nicotine content is 8.5mg/g, and it feels a little stronger than a regular snus. Not too strong, but a touch stronger than a regular 8mg/g snus.
Mustang Los. But with a product like this, I find the best way to truly enjoy and appreciate it's flavors is in the los format. The can is similar to the portion can, and has the tree ring design around the sides of the can with a similar orange color and a gold lid, which is common of most Swedish Match los products. This is also a 42gram can of snus. The nicotine content isn't printed on the bottom, but I would assume 0.85% or 8.5mg/g, as well.
Both of these have a great taste, and I definitely suggest any lovers of whisky to give them a try! I've heard it may be up to 10 weeks before they're released, so keep an eye on your favorite web stores!