Stokers Straight (Long Cut) Dip - Review. 6 September 2021.

Recently I announced that is getting back to basics - and that means more tobacco content.  I've had some requests to review American moist snuff/dipping tobacco, and as a tobacco enthusiast I figured what the heck, why not.  I'm a snus guy, don't get me wrong.  But I do enjoy all things tobacco!  I still believe snus to be the best harm reduced option for smokeless tobacco enjoyment/smoking cessation.  But these products are a fun break from time to time.  I've never used Stokers before, but it was one that came highly recommended when I asked around to find out what people wanted to see me review.  Stokers goes back to 1940 (about 81 years now) when it was founded in West Tennessee by Fred Stoker.  It's a family run business, now being steered by Bobby Stoker.  They use 100% American tobacco, primarily sourced from Tennessee and Kentucky.  Their long cut is said to be longer than other long cuts, as well.

Product Details
Flavor Description:  "This smooth, bold flavored snuff combines the great taste of Stoker’s quality tobacco with hint of sweetness."
Can Contents:  1.2oz / 34.02g
Nicotine Strength:  Northerner puts it as a 2 out of 5, and one source I found online had it listed at 3.8mg/g.

Of course, American moist snuff is a fermented product.  This means that you'll need to spit your saliva.  Traditionally, it is put in the lower lip.  However, as a snuser, I don't use it the regular way.  I take a pinch (without packing the can), and throw it in my upper lip.  That means less salivary gland contact and less spit.  Basically, I use it like regular lös snus.

First, if you're a snuser, "straight" isn't going to be something you're familiar with.  It's a flavor I enjoy, but sadly one we don't have available in snus.  I always tell people it reminds me of root beer with a tinge of wintergreen to it.  The reason for that being root beer and wintergreen both contain methyl salicylate.  Straight dip contains salicylic acid ethyl ester which is just a carbon group away.  So, with "straight" dips, you're going to find a flavor that may remind you of root beer!

The aroma starts with a sweet tone that reminds me of molasses.  It makes me think of, again, root beer.  It's sweet, and slightly spicy.  I notice tones of hickory, along with a dark, but earthy tobacco base.  The tobacco has longer strands than the usual long cut, and is nice and moist!  It packs quite well in the lip.  In the flavor, I notice a sweet, but spicy taste of tobacco.  The tobacco base comes through clearly, and is dark, but earthy.  It reminds me of root beer but with a tinge of wintergreen.  There is a nice oak/hickory presence to it, along with a subtle smokiness.  The nicotine feels about regular strength, and the flavor lasts about 40-50 minutes.  This is about how long I usually keep a pinch in for, personally.

Rating and Final Thoughts

I really enjoy the straight flavor.  It's not something that exists in the world of snus, so I do enjoy it when I get ahold of some.  Honestly, the reason I occasionally will use dip is because of the straight flavor.  This one rated at 3.71/5 for me, and I really enjoyed it.  The longer cut of the tobacco made it easier to work with, and it's very pinchable.   If you want a unique flavor (if you're a snuser), check out straight flavored dip.  It's quite tasty!

Disclaimer:  I'm still a snus guy.  If you're looking to switch from smoking to a safer form of smokeless tobacco, I still encourage Swedish Snus being that option.  In my opinion, Swedish Snus is the most enjoyable, safest oral smokeless tobacco product available.  Dip is a fun excursion from time to time, but I still encourage snus usage over dip usage.  If you want to learn more about Swedish Snus, you can check out our Snus FAQ here, or this informative video about snus, here.