15 August 2019

Kurbits Snus: Soldat Vinter (Vit) - Review. 15 August 2019.

Kurbits Snus is a new snus manufacturer in Sweden that resulted in the meeting of an avid snus fan and an innovative entrepreneur. They recently broke onto the scene by debuting four products: Morgondagg (Vit), Fäbodsnus (Vit), Soldat (Vit), and Soldat: Vinter (Vit). Each has a unique flavor that is unlike anything else on the market. After getting to know them the past week, I've learned this about this new company: they want to do things differently. And that's something the snus market has sorely needed for many years now. Products that aren't the usual super strong/mint products we see so many of.  Currently, I've only seen their products for sale in Sweden, and only on SnusBolaget, but hopefully before too long people outside of Sweden will get to try them!

When it comes to Soldat Vinter, the flavor description I was given for this one says the flavor is "Cool and Fresh". Snusbolaget describes it by saying: "A cool feeling with clear and fresh tones."  Each can weighs 18g and has 20 portions, for 0.9g portions.  The nicotine content of this one is 16mg/g (1.6%), which breaks down to 14.4mg/portion.

Kurbits Snus gave me an extended description of this product I wanted to share, because it says a lot about how they approach snus, that it isn't just the flavor, it's the experience: "This snus is made to get the earthiness out of the snus. This has been replaced with a cold, fresh and unforgiving straightforwardness. The northern winter is rough and the winter soldier has to be prepared for everything. Calculating and precise to achieve perfection when it comes to finish the mission. Soldat Vinter gives a cold freshness without menthol. The sweet flavours is a mystery not known to anyone, except the creators."  Also, not to be confused with that Winter Soldier.

The description above that says it best is this: "The sweet flavours is a mystery not known to anyone, except the creators".  In 10 years of reviewing snus, this is one that gave me the most trouble in terms of figuring out the flavor.  The closest thing I can think of is Wild Berry Gummy Savers. The aroma is a cool, berry smell with a light sweetness. I almost pick up a little orange in there, as well. The portions are dryer than the average white, but still comfortable, and with a quick release of flavor. In the lip, I get a light cooling sensation/tingle, but was told there is no menthol in this one, so that caught me off guard. The flavor is refreshing, to say it best. It’s a dark/mixed berry flavor, but with a little hint of orange it seems. The tobacco taste is mild, and gentle. I also seem to notice a fig-like presence. There’s a light sweetness to it, but it’s not overdone. The nicotine level feels right at the strong level so it isn’t too strong, but also isn’t too weak. The flavor, on average, lasts up to about an hour.

This one was very interesting.  I had fun digging through the complex flavor and trying to figure out how to review it.  It's a very unique flavor, and one that definitely threw me for a loop.

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