02 October 2017

Thunder Wintergreen Chewing Tobacco (Loose) - Review. 1 October 2017.

Back in January of 2015 I did a big review of a bunch of Thunder Chew products, but I didn't do a video review of them. Now, I'm doing video reviews of a lot of Thunder Chew products and figured I would update my text reviews of them as well.  Today we're talking about Thunder Frosted Chewing Tobacco (Loose).  When it comes to this product, the flavor description says, "Thunder Winter G Chewing Tobacco Loose has a rich taste of american wintergreen." It comes in a 37 gram can with 16mg/g of nicotine. If you're new to "chewing tobacco" or "Nordic Chew" as it is sometimes called, check out this video I made that goes more into what it is, why it exists, and how it's different from snus.

If you're used to loose snus, this stuff is very different. V2 Tobacco describes it by saying, "Thunder Chew is different than Thunder Snus. The loose Chew is more like a paste and can be conveniently chewed as needed. Loose snus, on the other hand, will crumble immediately when chewed which makes for a rather messy chewing experience."  When you compare loose snus to chewing tobacco, it looks very different.  The loose snus is more crumbly, and the chewing tobacco is more solid.  It's honestly a lot like clay or PlayDoh.  Generally, when I review the "chew bag" products, I view snus as better.  However, when it comes to chewing tobacco, I love the grind of this stuff way more than the grind of loose snus.  It's so easy to work with, easy to bake, and stays together really well in the lip!

First of all, I'm not the biggest fan of wintergreen. I want to be upfront about that. But I will do my best to remain objective! The only loose wintergreen product I've ever tried was Thunder Long Cut Wintergreen back in 2012. This one is a little different from that one, however. When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a mild presence of wintergreen. As I mentioned above, this stuff is really easy to bake, and it stays together really well in the lip. I've never encountered it breaking apart, and I've never noticed any mudslide, either! The taste is the traditional American wintergreen flavor, but it's relatively mild and gentle. There is also a mild tobacco character in the background, which is nice, because it balances out the flavor of the wintergreen.  The nicotine strength on this one is 16mg/g, so the strength really depends on how big you bake your prilla.  I usually bake around 1 gram prillas, and with this product I get a strong nicotine kick!  The flavor also lasts quite a while!  With most los products, I usually keep them in for up to 35-45 minutes.  However with this one I can keep it in for 45-55 minutes, so I get more life out of the chewing tobacco than I do the loose snus.

As far as this product goes, I'm not the biggest fan of wintergreen, but I found the tobacco taste adds a nice balance to the wintergreen flavor.  It's not something I would personally use again since I'm not a wintergreen guy, but if you are you'll probably enjoy this one!  If you're not into portions or "chew bags" and want to enjoy a more loose form of chewing tobacco, this is definitely worth a try!

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