05 January 2017

Blågul Tobak - Portion & Kram (Los) - Reviews (Discontinued). 4 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 Tobak (Portion) has a description that says: "“No additional flavor, pure tobacco flavor.” 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 is a tobacco smell with a little chocolate and notes of wood. There's also a slight perfumey quality that I can't place, but you notice it mixed in with the tobacco. The flavor is a straight, raw tobacco taste. There's a hint of chocolate in the background, a light touch of sweetness, and a light hint of wood in the background. It's a very interesting taste and hard to compare to anything; I can't say I've ever tasted a snus like this before.  It is certainly unique!

Blågul Tobak (Kram) has a description that says: "“No additional flavor, pure tobacco flavor.” 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. As far as the aroma goes, it's quite similar to the portion version. The perfumey quality is still there, a natural tobacco smell with notes of chocolate and a little wood. The difference I notice, though, is that this one smells a little smokier than the portion version. The taste is also very much similar to the portion version, but the tobacco flavor seems to be more kicked up. There's also a hint of chocolate, a little sweetness, and a light wooden note in the background. There's also a little smokiness in the taste of the los version.  Much like the portion version, this is a very unique tasting snus.

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.

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