08 January 2017

Blågul Enbär - Portion & Kram (Los) - Reviews (Discontinued). 8 January 2017.

NOTE:  This product was made by a small company and does not appear to be produced anymore.

From time to time, we review products that are "off label"/"off brand" products made by smaller producers. Blågul is an example of that. Now, these are not the same as the Blågul Snus I reviewed several years ago. These products are made by a small, local producer in Sweden and sold exclusively by SnusHof.com to Switzerland. Though, they do say they are looking to expand. When I spoke with the people at SnusHof, they told me a little more background about this product. First, “Blå gul” means “blue yellow”. This snus is produced by a small Turkish/Swedish family in Göteborg. The snus is picked up personally by SnusHof from the small factory in Västra Frölunda. They pride themsleves on supporting a local manufacturer and are their only supplier worldwide. The people behind SnusHof always bought snus from their store, so they wanted to team up and help sell the snus they produced. The snus is strongly flavored, but they keep the nicotine low so that it doesn’t burn too much and you get the “full flavor”. The entire production process is done by hand operated machines. They say it is a really good snus with a really cheap price. I was also told that the snus is fermented, not pasteurized. Fermented snus has more TSNAs than pasteurized snus, but without seeing any exact numbers I can’t speak to the relative safety compared to other snus products. Basically, pasteurized snus is safer than fermented snus, and fermented snus is safer than American “dip”/moist snuff.

Blågul Enbär (Portion) has a description that says: "With clear trains of juniper and some smoke.” This snus can has a weight of 18 grams and contains 22 portions (0.8 gram portions).  This snus is also quite cheap, it's around 1,20 Euro which is about 1.25 USD.  So if you're a budget conscious snuser, this may be a way to save a few bucks!

When you open the can you'll notice the portions are quite moist. They feel a little light in weight, just a little less than a gram going by feel. The aroma that comes across is predominantly juniper with a light perfumey quality to it, a little floral sweetness and a heavy black pepper presence. The taste is a very present juniper taste along with a very present taste of black pepper. There’s also a light sweetness in the background and light floral notes. In case you were thinking this may be a clone of Gōteborg’s Rapé, it definitely isn’t that. It’s very unique in terms of taste. I'm not sure of the nicotine content, but if I had to guess I'd say it feels like it's between 8mg/g and 12mg/g.

Blågul Enbär (Kram) has a description that says: "With clear trains of juniper and some smoke.” This snus can has a weight of 37 grams. This snus is also quite cheap, it's around 1,20 Euro which is about 1.25 USD. So if you're a budget conscious snuser, this may be a way to save a few bucks!  Even though this is a los product, it is called "kram".  That was a new term for me!

When it comes to the los version, there is a pretty solid amount of moisture to it. The grind isn't the easiest to handbake so I used a tool with this one, but once I packed a prilla it stayed together really well. I notice the los to be more complex than the portion. The aroma is a presence of juniper a light perfumey quality, light floral notes, black pepper (thought it is more dialed back than the portion version), an earthy tobacco smell and a faint hint of chocolate. The taste is also different from the portion veresion. I notice the juniper taste to be more dialed back and to be equally present with the tobacco flavor. There are mild floral notes, as well, and a light taste of black pepper. The peppery flavor isn’t nearly as present as I noticed int he portion version. Much like the portion version, this is a very unique tasting snus and not a clone of Göteborg's Rapé. Much like with the portion version, if I had to guess the nicotine strength I'd put it somewhere between 8mg/g and 12mg/g.

If you're looking to save a few bucks and you're able to order from SnusHof.com this one isn't too bad.  For a budget snus, it has an interesting flavor.  It's hard to recommend or compare, so this is one I'd suggest giving a try to, just to see if you like it.  It's a unique flavor, that's for sure.  And though I initially expected it to be a clone of Göteborg's Rapé, I was surprised to see it was anything but!

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