General Harvest (White Portion) - Review. 29 September 2021.

Ever since I first heard about Swedish Match's new, limited edition Harvest line, I've been stoked to try it out.  Why?  Because it's a tobacco centric snus in a regular nicotine strength.  I mean, kudos to Swedish Match.  In a world where everything is super strong mint nicotine pouches, this took some bravery.  Well, the day is here.  I ordered it from last week and today we're going to talk about General Harvest!  So, this product reminds me of a few things.  First, it reminds me of 2015's Thunder 10, a product by V2 Tobacco.  That one also sourced tobacco from Brazil, and was a no-flavor added snus.  It also makes me think of 2011's General Green Harvest, mainly for the name.  That one tasted like General Snus, this one is more it's own thing.

The side of the can tells you a lot about the snus.  It's a neat little feature, and it's in English, too!  Basically, this release is made of dark, air cured tobacco.  Swedish Match sourced the tobacco from Southern Brazil.  The stalk-cut tobacco is then air cured in well ventilated barns.  That curing process takes about 5-7 weeks.  The flavor description (from Swedish Match's website) for the white portion version says, "Light character of tobacco with hints of cocoa, leather, horseradish and slightly nutty with hints of rosehip".  Each can weighs 21.6 grams and has 24 portions, for 0.9 gram each.  The nicotine content is 9mg/g (0.9%), which easily breaks down to 8.1mg/portion!  Now, with all that being said, let's get into the review!

This is a snus with a lot going on, so let's dive right into it.  When you open the can a mild, raw, dark tobacco aroma greets you.  It does have a faint tone of chocolate to it.  When I read chocolate in the flavor profile I was a bit worried, because that's the part of Ettan snus that turns me off.  But, it's not too overbearing in this one.  There's a faint hint of leather, mild oak notes, and a light touch of smoke.  The portions come in the star formation, so I do suggest fluffing them to evenly disperse the tobacco.  Once in the lip they're pretty soft, and comfortable.  In the flavor, the tobacco base comes through as a raw, natural, dark tobacco taste.  It's slightly grassy, with some hay-like notes.  The chocolate is pretty faint and not too overpowering.  There are subtle tones of leather, a very light touch of oak, and a faint smokiness.  The nicotine strength feels about regular, and the flavor lasts about an hour, sometimes a little more.

Rating and Final Thoughts

So, I like the original portion version better.  But, this one is still pretty good.  I seldom rate white portion products this high, so 4.33/5 is quite impressive.  It does remind me of some other products that I really enjoyed:  Thunder 10 for the tobacco base, the old Nick and Johnny OP for the leathery tones, and also another one.... Tiger Snus (from Asia), for the raw tobacco flavor.  If you like tobacco-centric products, it's a no brainer.  The Harvest line is a must try.  Remember, this is a limited edition.  Some sell out quick, some don't.  But it's better to buy it earlier than later, so if you want to try it out - go get some!