TopSnus.com, I was quite excited. The premise is promising! A snus with licorice and violet - sounds delicious, right? The product description says, "With a robust taste of tobacco and hints of flowers (violets) and licorice - slightly sweet. Regular portion type for ease of use and handling. Made for Topsnus."
TopSnus doesn't ship to the US so I had a friend of mine in Europe order some stuff I wanted to try and ship it over here to the US for me. And this is the product I was most excited to try.
When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is an earthy tobacco smell with a light hint of violet. I didn't detect any licorice in the aroma. The flavor starts off as a mild violet taste and a raw, earthy tobacco flavor. The longer you have the portion in the more the tobacco flavor matures. The violet flavor also hangs around quite a while, and grows more the longer you keep the pouch in your lip. The snus is a little saltier than average, which I think may be due to salmiak. I'm not sure if that's in the recipe or not, just my guess.
But, the main bummer for me with this snus was that I couldn't smell or taste licorice. I'm not saying this snus is bad by any means, it's a pretty interesting tasting snus. But the fact that I couldn't detect any licorice in the flavor was a major bummer for me. I look forward to reviewing the los and seeing what it's all about, and if I can taste any licorice in that one.