17 January 2017

Clove Explosion (White Portion) - Review. 17 January 2017.

When GN Tobacco announced they were releasing Clove Explosion, I was really excited. I've always been a big fan of the taste of cloves. Back in my younger days, when I was a smoker, I really enjoyed those Djarum Black cigarettes. When I quit smoking, I noticed the clove flavor wasn't very common in the snus world. In 2009, V2 Tobacco released the Offorad Limited Edition 2009 lineup which came with Offroad Sweet Clove Snus, which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, that one didn't live beyond the limited edition line.  Now, GN Tobacco has filled that void in the snus world with Clove Explosion.  This product is released as the first in their "GN Organic" line.  The reason it is called GN Organic is because it has no added flavors. This product is a mix of 85% tobacco and 15% fresh clove from Indonesia.

I wanted to open these products up to see what they look like inside. Being 85% tobacco and 15% clove, I was curious how they would look.   I was pleased to find both product look like regular snus.  On the left you will see Clove Explosion White, and on the right you will see Clove Explosion White Dry.  The White Dry as 50% moisture and the White Dry has 30% moisture. When it comes to Clove Explosion White Portion, there are 15 portions in the 15 gram can. The total nicotine content is 27/g, or 2.7% nicotine. Breaking that down, it's 27mg/portion or 2.7%/portion. Needless to say, this stuff is strong!

The flavor description says, “Super strong with rich clove taste due to completely organic clove compound in blend. The best Indonesian clove has been used to make this great product sharp straight full flavored clove bags!”  When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a very rich smell of clove, a mild sweetness, some  smokiness I also pick up a hint of banana.  When you put a portion in your lip you'll quickly notice a burning sensation.  The nicotine also comes on quickly - I feel it at the 5 minute mark!  The flavor is a straightforward clove taste with an Eastern spiciness in the background.  There's also a gentle smokiness, a gentle sweetness, and a hint of banana in the background.  The flavor mellows out at about the 45 minute mark, but I've found I can keep these in for up to an our and a half!  The nicotine and the flavor are both last quite a while.  What's interesting about this one is it isn't quite as strong as the white dry.  But I feel more of a nicotine kick from this one.  That may be due to the higher moisture content.  Even though this one feels super strong, I've been able to keep them in for up to an hour and a half - which may be due to how much super strong snus I've been reviewing lately.  My body may be used to it by now.

If you're a lover of clove, this is a must try.  For years, I've said that my favorite GN Tobacco product is Olde Ving (Original Portion). It has now been replaced. Clove Explosion is, in my opinion, GN Tobacco's best product available.  I like this one more than the white dry, but both are good and worth trying out!

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