08 December 2019

Alida Original Ljus Portion - Review. 8 December 2019.

Alida is a new product from a new company in Sweden, Monopolets. In case you're wondering if this is a white or original portion, they're calling it a "ljus portion", or, "light portion". I was browsing their website to get to know them a little better, and this is what they had to say: "We have taken up an old tradition and cultivated and grown tobacco for our unique snus. Everything is done with tremendous love and care from seed to finished snus." Their website also says this product is 100% organic, has 100% Swedish tobacco, and is made with 100% love.  It doesn't get any better than that!  I reviewed their Alida Original Portion product not too long ago, and have been looking forward to trying this one!

The inclusion of Alida tobacco is interesting, because it's only grown on the island of Gotland in Sweden. That may sound familiar to many snusers, as Gotlandssnus uses Alida tobacco for their products, too. They don't really make a big deal about it anymore, but back in the day it was mentioned pretty heavily.  According to a flavoring section on their website, it says this product is made with Alida tobacco, bergamot, and thyme. Each can weighs 14g and has 22 portions, for 0.63g portions. On Snusbolaget.se, they list the nicotine content as 4mg/g (0.4%), which sounds low, because that’s only 2.52mg/portion.

When you open the can, the aroma is very tobacco centric, with hints of pepper, a light herbal hint, and a grassy/hay-like presence. The portions are big, but not completely full, as they’re only 0.63g each. They seem to be white portions with very moist tobacco, as you can see it soaking through the portion itself. The portion is soft, and comfortable in the lip. The flavor is a mild, earthy tobacco taste. There are light hints of pepper, a grassy/hay-like presence, and a mild note of bergamot. It reminds me a lot of the old Gotland’s Gul (Yellow) Snus, perhaps due to the Alida tobacco. The flavor generally lasts about 50-55 minutes. I find the nicotine to be a little less strong than a regular strength product.

I enjoyed the taste of this one, and found it to be quite interesting/unique.  I love supporting new/craft companies, and if this product was available to the US I'd definitely grab more when I wanted something a little different!

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