23 December 2016
Thunder X (White Dry) - Review (Discontinued). 23 December 2016.
When I started using snus back in 2009 - there weren't a lot of strong snus products. There was General Extra Strong (14mg/g nicotine), Nick and Johnny Strong (14mg/g), Thunder Frosted (16mg/g) - but that was about it. Somewhere towards the end of 2009 began companies focusing on making stronger and stronger snus. But the competition has been fierce between two companies in particular: V2 Tobacco of Denmark and GN Tobacco of Sweden. For a long time, Thunder Extra Strong (16mg/g) was king of the mountain. Then GN Tobacco released Oden's Extreme (22mg/g) in early 2011. V2 countered with Thunder Ultra Strong (22mg/g) in late 2011. GN Tobacco decided to go much higher and released Siberia (43mg/g) in 2015. V2 countered in 2016 and released Offroad Arctic (45mg/g) in November 2016 and now Thunder X (45mg/g) in December 2016. The competition has been fierce! As a snus reviewer who doesn't use a lot of strong snus, I'm hoping it doesn't go much farther than this. This stuff is becoming much too strong for me, and it's hard to review! Usually when I do a review I like to use an entire can of the stuff before I write my review, but with stuff this strong I'm lucky to get through a half a can.
Offroad Arctic Xplorer has the same nicotine per portion, but I can keep those in for 18 to 20 minutes. I think this may be due to a different type of tobacco used in this particular snus that makes the free (usable) nicotine stronger. The flavor builds rather slowly and doesn't get to be too strong. It starts off as a very faint taste of peppermint and a touch of tobacco. The longer you have it in the more the peppermint flavor develops and it comes across in a very mellow way. The taste doesn't ever get to be too bold and is a much lighter taste than I noticed with the Thunder X Slim White Dry I reviewed, which is odd to me.
If you're looking for a snus that is super strong but has a lighter mint taste, this one may be right up your alley. Of the three I would say this one is my least favorite, but it still isn't too bad. Although, I don't do a lot of strong nicotine so this still isn't something I would order again. But, if you like strong snus, I'd still suggest giving all three of the Thunder X products a try!