When it comes to General Chew Bags: Original, the product description says, "A spicy tobacco flavor with notes of bergamot and hints of tea, hay and leather. The chewing tobacco in the pouch is made from carefully selected tobacco leaves from India and Guatemala. The tobacco is first cut, air-dried and then reconstituted with water, salt, additives and flavorings. Processing according to strict rules of the tobacco and food regulations performed (standard according to national food authority Sweden and Swiss tobacco and food safety rules). Swedish Match has the highest standards and uses only the best tobacco for the production of General Chewing Bags. In order for the General arrives always fresh at your home it is always stored in our refrigerator. Nicotine: 11mg. Bag Color: Brown."
General Original Portion. The aroma of bergamot immediately greets you, along with a little pepper and a mild tobacco character. I didn't chew the Chew Bags, I simply put them in my upper lip like I do with Swedish Snus and found they worked the exact same as a snus pouch. No chewing was necessary for the flavor release. The taste is predominantly bergamot, a mild tobacco flavor, a touch of salt and a nice flavor of pepper in the background. If you've ever had General Original Portion, this product tastes virtually identical. The nicotine content is listed as 11mg/g, but honestly it feels about the same as regular General Snus, which is 8mg/g.
General Strong: Slim White (XRANGE) and General Extra Strong Portion. When I opened the can, the aroma smelled virtually identical to General Chew Bags: Original, which reminded me a lot of General Original Portion. A very present smell of bergamot accompanied by a mild tobacco smell and a little pepper. Like with the regular strength product, I put this one in my upper lip and used it like I do with snus. The flavor released the same way and I found no need to chew on the pouches. The flavor is almost identical to the regular strength chew bag. There is a very present taste of bergamot, a mild tobacco character in the background, a little salt flavor and a touch of pepper. It tastes just like General Original Portion snus. This one has a nicotine content of 14mg/g. I noticed it to be a little stronger than the regular strength General Chew Bag, but it wasn't much stronger.
If you're somewhere that can't get snus but can get "chew bags", these are a fantastic offering. When it comes to snus, General sets the bar for how traditional Swedish Snus should taste and Swedish Match brought that flavor into these products very well. As I mentioned before, a friend of mine grabbed these for me from YourSnus.ch, so if you want to try them you can check out that website. They don't ship to the US but do ship to some other areas.