Faro: Ice ShockX - Review. 4 February 2020.

I recently noticed on SnusExpress.eu that they are now selling the Faro products. You may recall, I reviewed Faro Pouches back in 2018 when they were available in Austria.  It appears now that these products are now available to even more areas! While I am a snus user myself, I still advocate for products safer than smoking such as nicotine pouches, and products like these - which contain nicotine, but no tobacco!  When it comes to Faro Ice Shock X, the product description says it has an "icy mint-menthol flavor”.  Each can weighs 16.9g and has 13 portions, for 1.3g portions.  The nicotine content is 20mg/g (2.0%), which actually goes up to 26mg/portion, due to the larger portions!  While most of the Faro products are in the mini size and with lower nicotine, this one is larger than regular size and is at the extra strong level.

Here's a look inside the pouch. As I mentioned before, Faro does not contain tobacco, but does contain nicotine. You can see the material inside the pouch looks similar to tobacco, but it isn't tobacco. Faro actually contains tea, nicotine salt, and flavorings. As someone who drinks tea religiously, that's pretty neat, because I love the taste of tea. Everything else is similar to regular snus and nicotine pouches - the can, the portions, the nicotine, all that. Except this, of course, has tea instead of tobacco.

When you open the can, there is a sharp peppermint aroma along with a mild hint of tea. The portions are super plump; these portions are bigger than even regular size snus! They also come with a nice cooling sensation when you put one under the lip. In the flavor there is a nice taste of pepper, a mild hint of tea, and a light sweetness. With this one, there is something in the flavor that makes me think of honey, as well. The nicotine level is extra strong, but one thing that’s different about this one is that it seems to have a slower build to it. The flavor, on average, lasts about an hour. While I personally enjoy tobacco and don't plan on quitting, these are great alternatives for those who want to continue to enjoy nicotine, but may want to give up tobacco.