“You know exactly what you’re getting”
General Snus is probably one of the best known names in the States as far as real Swedish snus goes. In fact, it’s the only Swedish snus I’ve seen sold fairly regularly anywhere here. I’ve seen Thunder sold only in a handful of locations, most of which are in New York City, and that’s too much trouble for me to hop a train (and pay 20 dollars) for some snus. So, from my introduction to snus, it’s been the General by my side and in my lip. I’ve tried the American versions of snus but they are far from enjoyable in comparison to the authentic stuff.
That being said, General is a very no-nonsense product, regardless of which type you prefer. You know exactly what you’re getting. Their product is very consistent in quality and there’s no second guessing how your experiences with them will be.
That being said, I was presented with a can of their Wintergreen portions.
Here’s a fun science fact: did you know that crunching a wintergreen candy in the dark can emit a small blue spark? And if you were to crush pure wintergreen crystals, it will put on quite the display? Google triboluminescence to learn more.
Here’s a less fun fact: Chewing a wintergreen snus portion will NOT provide you with any fireworks, aside from a nicotine buzz. In fact, don’t ever chew your snus. It’s simply bad manners and a waste of snus.
General seems to take great pride in their packaging, from the elegant labeling to the neatly placed portions in what resembles a flower pattern in the can. It’s always a joy to crack open a new can and see the perfect symmetry of those well-placed portions. The aroma, as with any product from General, leaves nothing to the imagination. A healthy wintergreen aroma fills your nose, with the smell of their fine tobacco in the background. You know exactly what you’re getting with this snus.
Now, here’s where I must confess a little secret: I do enjoy a wintergreen candy, but only on occasion. It’s not something I can really take on a regular basis. It’s just not my favorite flavor. Nevertheless, the wintergreen flavor in General Wintergreen is there, and your mouth tingles slightly from the abundance of flavor. It’s not cloyingly sweet like the candies, but just sweet enough to let all the flavors of the wintergreen and the tobacco blend together in harmony. If you’ve never experienced a General snus, that tobacco flavor is mild but flavorful enough to be very pleasant. Even though I am not a huge wintergreen fan, I have to admit I like this. The portions are mild enough to keep in for a long time with minimal flavor loss, and any dripping is not harsh enough to make you take it out.
While I freely admit my bias towards General, I’m fairly certain most snus users will agree that you’re hard pressed to find a better made, more consistent product than theirs. I’m easily giving this a
Over the years I’ve grown accustomed to the extra strong snuses, so if theirs were a hair stronger I’d give a 10 without hesitation.
By Frank, Snus Squad
Our General Wintergreen, White Portion Review
Introduced in 2008 and made by Swedish Match, General Wintergreen portion snus was the first Swedish snus to be created solely for the American market. Originally, General Wintergreen portion was only available in the U.S. at select tobacco shops but, due to its popularity, soon became available at online snus shops for worldwide delivery! General Wintergreen is classified as a White portion and does not go thru the additional wetting process at the end of production. Each can of General Wintergreen contains 24, one gram portions with 8 mg of Nicotine each. The material that Swedish Match uses for General Wintergreen is the same soft material they use in all their portions and is comfortable under the lip for over an hour and a half. General Wintergreen’s can made from a gray plastic with what looks like metallic flecks embedded in the plastic that gives the can the look of metal. The label is a foil and paper mix which also adds to the metal look and yes, the can does have a used portion lid in the top! Now, let’s take a look at the flavor and see why General Wintergreen was created for America. If you were to ask an American that uses smokeless tobacco, or Dip, what his/her favorite flavor was, about 50% would respond Skoal Wintergreen. Ask them why and most of them would say the strong wintergreen flavor and the burn in the lip! Swedish Match did their homework with General Wintergreen portion when it came to mimicking Skoal Wintergreen. While there are some subtle flavor differences between the two, the base wintergreen flavor and burn that’s loved by Skoal users, is present in General Wintergreen! For those that haven’t experienced a wintergreen flavored snus, imagine the flavor a wintergreen Life Saver, take away a bit of the sweetness, add a hint of tobacco and salt and you have the flavor of General Wintergreen. We think this snus is perfect for the American smokeless tobacco user that wants to transition to Swedish snus but, we’ll let you decide! Be sure to let us know what you think of General Wintergreen portion by leaving a review of your own. We’ll be looking forward to reading it!