06 June 2016

Islay Whisky Snus (White Portion) - Review. 6 June 2016.

Review Updated: 22 May 2020

The Islay Whisky Snus line was launched by GN Tobacco back in 2014, and was a collaboration with Conny Andersson.  It would take two years before GN Tobacco would release a white portion version and a loose version in 2016. What's interesting about this one is that GN Tobacco didn't copy the Islay Original recipe for this one. They wanted Islay Whisky White Portion to be an Islay Whisky Snus product, but to have it's own identity and taste. The flavor is similar to the original portion version, but the recipe isn't an exact copy.

The flavor description for this one says, "Islay Whiskey Snus is a snus that blends the classic tobacco flavor with a hint of single malt whiskey."  Each can weighs 18g and has 20 portions, for 0.9g portions.  The nicotine content is 12mg/g (1.2%), or 10.8mg/portion.

When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is a lightly smoky, mild, earthy tobacco presence. In the background are hints of oak, along with a subtle whisky aroma. The portions are moderately soft, and I do suggest fluffing them as the tobacco is firm and compact within the pouch. The flavor is tobacco centric, which comes through as an earthy, well rounded, lightly smoky tobacco taste. There are hints of oak, and a touch of whisky in the background. The nicotine on this one feels to be about regular strength, and the flavor lasts about an hour on average. 

I personally prefer the original portion version, but I enjoyed this one!  When I'm writing this review, we're in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Islay has been sold out of all the stores that ship to the US.  So when I was looking for a re-review to do, I was excited to find this can in the freezer!

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