01 February 2018

Thunder Chew Bags: Original - Old Review. 1 February 2018.

NOTE:  This is the old review.  Here's the new one - LINK.

I originally reviewed this product about 3 years ago as part of a big review of all the Thunder Chew Bag products. I've been going back and doing video reviews of these products, so I figured I would do updated text reviews, as well. I'm not going to go to in depth on this review about the differences between Nordic Chew (as these chew bag products are called) and Swedish Snus, but if you want you can check out this video and it's more in depth about the differences. The flavor description for this product says, "Thunder Original Chew has a traditional tobacco flavor with hints of bergamot." This product comes in a 17.6 gram can with 22 portions for 0.8 gram portions. The nicotine content is 16mg/g (1.6%) which breaks down to 12.8mg/portion.

In case you're new to chew bags, here is a V2 chew bag and a V2 snus portion, cut open to show a comparison between the two. This is how V2 describes their chew bag products: “The tobacco leaves are heated and moistened with steam so they can be cut into smaller pieces. The tobacco for Thunder Chewing Bags are pieces cut with a length of between 5 - 50 mm and a width of 0.6-0.8 mm. The bags used are specially designed to be chewed to release flavor and nicotine. It is made from a paper with a special weave which is thicker and much stronger than the type of bag that snus is packed in. Thunder Chewing Bags are also fundamentally different from the other chewing tobacco products on the market by being cut tobacco in small bags while others are made from spun tobacco.” Though these are called "chew bags" and V2 mentions the pouches being able to be chewed, I have never done that with these or any other chew bags. I simply put them in my upper lip and enjoy them like snus!  Chew bags are basically made the same as snus but are called "chew bags" so they can legally be sold in the EU where snus is banned.  I know, it makes no sense but hey - that's the EU.

When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is is a gentle tobacco smell with a slight sweetness to it. The portions are dryer than a white portion snus and the tobacco inside the pouch is relatively compact and concentrated to one side of the pouch. I do suggest fluffing these to loosen it up, and then it becomes much more comfortable.  The flavor is predominantly tobacco, which comes through in a mild, gentle way.  There's a light sweetness to it, as well, but it doesn't detract from the tobacco taste.  The nicotine strength feels to be a little stronger than a strong snus, so there's a nice extra kick to it.  I've always praised chew bags for their flavor longevity, and with these I've found I can enjoy them for about an hour and a half - really impressive!

If you're somewhere that can't get snus, but you can get chew bags, I suggest trying these out if you like tobacco centric flavors.

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