16 January 2017

Blågul Lakrits - Portion & Kram (Los) - Reviews (Discontinued). 16 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 Lakrits (Portion) has a description that says: "Not every snus, which is mixed with liquorice, is made from genuine licorice roots - this already.” 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. When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a sweet black licorice smell. It’s a little perfumey, with a int of black pepper. The taste is predominantly black licorice, but it’s a sweet taste of black licorice. There’s a mild herbal taste in the background. For some reason, I also pick up fennel with this one, which would be due to the licorice root they use. There is also a little peppery taste, as well. 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 Lakrits (Kram) has a description that says: "Not every snus, which is mixed with liquorice, is made from genuine licorice roots - this already.” 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. When you open the can, a rich tobacco smell greets you with a hint of chocolate and a mellow black licorice smell. The taste is predominantly black licorice with a touch of sweetness. There is also a light taste of pepper, as well. I notice that fennel taste in the background, but it’s more mild. In this one, it’s interesting that the tobacco flavor isn’t as pronounced as I notice in most los products. In this snus, the licorice flavor actually comes out more than the tobacco taste. 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.  As far as licorice snus goes, this one is pretty interesting and unique.  If you're a value conscious snuser, it is definitely worth a try!

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