31 January 2017

Epok Lime (Strong) - Review (Discontinued). 31 January 2017.

NOTE:  This product has been discontinued and is no longer for sale.

It's been a while since I originally reviewed Epok, but it's recently gone through a redesign and I figured it was time to re-review the product line!  When Epok originally launched in 2014, I wasn't a big fan of their products. Their first two, Original and Pinje, launched in April of 2014, followed by Epok Breeze in September 2014.  I wasn't a big fan of those products, and they didn't stick around long, either.  In February of 2015, however, Winnington launched this product along with several others and they've stuck around since then!  At first, I thought white tobacco would be a gimmick, but it's proven so popular it's stuck around, and Swedish Match has even begin making white tobacco products in their G4 line.  It proved so popular, in fact, that BAT purchased Winnington in January of 2017.

The flavor description for this product says, "The taste is unexpectedly fruity, full-bodied, but yet somewhat tart combination of modern snus flavor and citrus." This product comes in a 16.8 gram can with 24 portions for 0.7 gram portions. The nicotine content is 14mg/g (1.4%) for 9.8mg/portion.

As usual, I had to cut open portions to look at what's inside an Epok portion.  Now, if you're new to Epok, you may be asking yourself what "white tobacco" is. This is how Winnington describes it: "White tobacco is produced in a patented, environmentally friendly process that gently cleanses and refines brown tobacco. In this process, unwanted substances are minimized, such as heavy metals and nitrosamines. The feeling under the lip, nicotine strength and flavor experience is the same as in a regular snus pouch - but without the snus running or coloring your teeth. White tobacco contains white tobacco, nicotine, water, stabilizer and flavoring agents. White tobacco is produced in a water-based process, ensuring the tobacco is clean of all unwanted substances. White tobacco contains no natural sugar. Instead, xylitol is used as a sweetener."

When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is a tart, lightly sweet smell of lime.  It reminds me a lot of Lime Jello.  The portions are slim, white, soft, and quite comfortable in the lip. When I put a portion under the lip I get a mild burn, which gives way to a fresh, cooling presence.  The taste is a natural taste of lime; the lime flavor comes through slightly tart, and slightly sweet.  Again, it reminds me of Lime Jello. The nicotine strength, though only 9.8mg/portion, actually feels quite strong. I'd still place it at the extra strong level, just by feel. The flavor also lasts a long amount of time; I've found on average I can keep these in for 45-55 minutes.

There's not a lot of lime flavored snus on the market.  This one is definitely worth a try.  If anything, it's a great snus to pair with a beer!

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