Zyn Smooth 06 LTD

“The ultimate Swedish “fika” snus”

This little sweet-tooth is one of the ultimate ”Swedish Fika” snus and will put a smile on your face.

Tired of the strength and smokiness of tobacco? Portions strugglin’ under the lip? Did that super hot clerk at the store turn you down? Today just isn’t your day?

No worries paesano. I got the fix for you. Introducing; for your ultimate taste pleasure, Zyn Smooth 06.

Zyn presents itself rather cute. With the cahttp://us.northerner.com/zyn-smooth-06-limited-edition-white-mini-portionn, interesting design and all that it doesn’t come with a dump-flap, has a welcoming attitude to it. The portions inside look like mint tablets, but I encourage you to not get fooled. These little white delicious marvels have some of the sweetest tastes ever to find in a portion. As you put one under your lip, it almost melts into place. Juices with a tint of vanilla, tobacco and light sugary candy flow. It has an incredible strong start. It just invades your taste buds like a kid in a candy shop. And with a good pricepoint to match.

It ain’t all sunshine and rainbows, though. The dose is only 15 portions and although the taste is strong at the start, this is not the kind of snus that you use during the workday. It goes away pretty fast and the portions tend to shrink like a pastille candy. Do not buy this snus and use them like you would use General, Göteborgs Rapé etc. You’ll go bankrupt in a day. And no snuser wants to have less snus for their money.

However: A king is sleeping within these halls. Let me tell you what we Swedes call “Fika”.

Swedes highly value their fika. Any time of the day, any weather, whatever the occasion. During Fika, you sit with your best friends, have a chat, drink coffee and eat a lot of pastries. When a Swede asks you out for a fika, you better go. It means the Swede likes you. A lot. It’s the Swedish way of showing that the Swede wants to be friends. Swedes don’t go out for coffee or beer like any common peasant, we go for fika. And here’s where Zyn06 Smooth strikes gold like a crazy ol’ man in Klondike. With the combined sweet taste, strong feel in the beginning and the ease that does not interfere with other tastes, this is your saviour for a traditional fika. If you’re ever going out for coffee with your friends or other occasions that involves pastries or sweets, this is the right snus for the taking.

Look, you might think I’m pulling your leg and you’d might ask yourself: “Why should I take one of these polarbear droplings instead of my mighty General with pure tobacco taste on my coffee break? I’m literary chewing on the leaves right now!”

Bring Zyn Smooth 06 with you instead. Leave your other snus at home. Trust me on this one. I’m Swedish, I know my fika/coffee breaks with pastries. And this is one of the best when it comes to to just that. Like it says on the can – It’s smooth. Like any coffee break or fika should be.

Time of the day: Any time of the day.

Meal and Drink: Anything with pastries, sweets or other deserts. This one shares the throne with Ettan on being one of the kings of coffee. Soft drinks works great, too.

Time of the year: A great summer snus. The tastes and the ease will remind you of a long, sunny holiday with your best friends.

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Qvitt Original

“The freshness keeps coming and coming”

Rubber bullets, alcohol free lager, hybrid cars, lactose free milk, virtual reality et cetera et cetera. Substitutes or developments of the initial concept intended to offer choices, cause less harm or, in some cases, replace entirely the original. Where does tobacco and nicotine free snus fall on the line? Could it be the future or merely a misnomer?

To be frank, when I tried Qvitt for the first time, I really didn’t care. I lived in an ever widening gap between deliveries of my regular snus and in a town where even buying milk and salt can present challenges. However, a bizarre quirk of fate meant that a mere 3 kilometres away, Gotlandssnus’ Qvitt was sold at what can almost be described as a supermarket. I had been initially sceptical; could anything displayed so brazenly by the cashiers come close to providing the gentle joy of our beloved brands of choice? Luckily, the answer is Yes. Qvitt comes pretty close indeed.

I’ve a soft spot for Gotlands anyway and I can only commend them on keeping Qvitt in line with their other quality products. The unique compass design on the lid is a comfort – it confirms that this is no half-baked substitute snus made by an interloping company of chancers and charlatans, the pouches have the same dimensions and the idiosyncratic longer flaps on the ends which tickle the gums. They have also gone all out for punch, both in odour and burn, which is a pleasant surprise when you read the ingredients are mainly Ginseng and Green Tea.

There’s a minty, almost forest-like smell to Qvitt, not unlike Vicks Vaporub, which may sound odd, but which I found quite enticing. As is the hit when you slip the pouch into position. Again, not unlike a strong, frosted portion but with a softer, warmer sensation. The freshness is there and keeps on coming, with virtually no drip or dribble. And it keeps coming and coming. The flavours do not expand or intensify, however, it’s just that these pouches continue to sit there and stimulate your gum, which is definitely the strength of this product.

Obviously, by its very nature, Qvitt lacks the ultimate effect of snus, but this has been cleverly countered in a few ways. The brand, look and feel of the product is familiar and the physical stimulation is equal to any other medium to strong portions I have tried. Or am I being bluffed and placebo’d by my own optimism, hope and folly? I’m not entirely sure, but Gotlandssnus’ Qvitt is certainly better than the alternative.

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Oden’s Double Mint

“just a steady, smooth mint rising”

Like most adult human beings, I can happily fly through a pack of After Eight mints without company or conscience – in fact, such moments are usually the highlight of Christmas. But that is as far as my relationship towards mint as enjoyment stretches. Nobody I know drinks Mojitos for the minty flavour and, even though it is possible to look cool doing it, brushing teeth is a function rather than a pleasure.

So with all my prejudices intact and an almost childish stubbornness against enjoying Oden’s Double Mint, I cracked open a can on an unusually bright September morning with the intention of writing a bad review. Well, there’s a surprise, I thought, as the mint aromas emanated from the chubby little bags within. Mint. Not overpowering, not chemical smelling though; just a steady, smooth mint rising up my nose. I cursed the clement weather and a good night’s sleep for making me enjoy this moment and set about finding faults.download full film Logan

Believe me, I have put this snus through rigorous tests in order to support my previous dislike for mint. Falling short of drinking fresh orange juice whilst snusing, I’ve tried my best and failed. Oden’s Double Mint is absolutely non-harmful, inoffensive and – I hold my hands up – really, really rocks.

As expected, there’s no hanging around for the first burst of flavour. It has that nice burn, which I look forward to, but stops well short of blowing your eyebrows to the back of your neck. After 3 or 4 minutes, it settles into a warmth which remains and a freshness which has enough depth to shine with coffee in the morning without overpowering. In fact, it is this very point which has been the major positive of today’s experiment.

I generally dislike mint, so it stands to reason that Double Mint would be displeasure squared. Far from it though. For my taste, this snus gives just enough of everything – the nicotine hit, the taste, the longevity – but sits on the gum like a humble butler. At hand to smooth over, to facilitate, to bolster you throughout the day should need arise.

If I had to find one fault with Double Mint, as with all Oden’s products, it is the packaging. The hideous fonts, stripes and choice of colours are enough to make a mole wince with disgust, which is a shame. These cans contain a cracking, modest and refreshing snus which has provided stimulation and even turned this cynic into a believer.

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Mustang White Portion

“Like the soothing morning sun and the soft breeze”

Unlike the car, this cheap and creative alternative is a great starter snus and should not be left out.
Mustang White presents itself with a bit of class and with a somewhat progressive attitude. You might think that, when they’re sharing the same name as the famous car.
But we’re not here to talk about the car; we’re here to talk about the snus! When you open the can, a familiar smell of pure tobacco swifts through the air. And, that’s it. Nothing new, nothing exciting. HOWEVER! What it doesn’t deliver in excitement, it surely delivers in a consumer friendly portion and build quality, for you see: The packaging of the portions is differently built than any other snus on the market.

When you put it under your lip, you will realize that the softness of the packaging will form around the lip. In almost a scientific manner, it will just fit nicely. No more ultra-hard portions that you have to squeeze out the juices from and you will certainly not find the portion putting up a fight by making the tobacco in the portion uneven. It’s a controllable portion!
Taste-wise, what you will find is a nice blend of a light tobacco spicing and some tea elements. As with the “White” potions, it is less runny but it still holds a certain moistness to it. It’s an interesting product indeed. You won’t get a dry mouth or throat from this. All in all, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fresh start for snus or just wants to experiment with something new. And with a low price point, you won’t be disappointed.

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Time of the day: Mornings. With the softness of the portion that’s keeping the tobacco in check, this is a great “Top of the morning” snus. It’s light, easy going and will not wake you up with a punch, but rather like a kiss from your beloved.
Meal and drink: I would actually recommend you try this after a salad. The light spicing does wonders! For drinks, try ice water, wine and chandlery.
Time of the year: This is truly a summer snus. Like the soothing morning sun and the soft breeze, this snus will treat you just right.

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General Onyx Portion

“clean and sophisticated”

Let’s start with the fact that this can has a very sleek and sophisticated look about it. It’s nice and simple but also highly striking with the presentation, this is a snus can that wouldn’t be out of place at a Black Tie event.
On opening the can the presentation continues with the lovely spiral packing of the snus that General does on their higher end products. As well as getting a lovely citrus smell coming from the can with some nice tobacco hints lingering in the background.

The taste is fantastic, it’s a very clean and sophisticated tobacco taste with some lovely citrus notes coming through, mixed with the lovely taste of lakrits at the end. The flavor really holds its own and lasts for up to an hour and I didn’t notice any dripping until about the hour mark.

I must admit I didn’t know anything about this beforehand, so the black portions really took me by surprise. However, I actually really like them.

This snus is an easy 

I highly recommend that you try this one, it doesn’t disappoint.

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Meet Ian

 

“True to the roots of snus, it was at sea”

Name: Ian
Age: 38
Nationality: British

Hobbies:
I’m currently renovating a cabin, so my hobbies are mainly carpentry, plumbing and plastering. When I had spare time, I played guitar and read non-fiction.

Favorite Snus:
I developed a soft spot for Jakobssons Autumn Snus last year. A nice hazy kick and sweet cinnamon flavour reminded me why autumn is my favourite season.

My first snus experience:
True to the roots of snus, it was at sea. I was crossing from Denmark to Sweden and spotted some interesting ‘cans’ in the onboard shop. I bought, I tried and then I bought more. Ettan White Portion, tusen takk!

Favorite Life Hack:
The only trick I regularly use is putting my phone into an empty cup to amplify the sound. The quality is still terrible, but it’s louder and makes me feel clever.

A quote that sums up my view on life:
Yesterday’s weirdness is tomorrow’s reason why.


Stay tuned for Ian’s first review!

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Ettan White Portion

“A smoky punch for your everyday life”

“Ettan” snus is a classic in every sense of the word. Ever since snus manufacturer Jacob Fredrik Ljunglöf introduced his recipe in 1822, that soon enough would turn into the “Ettan” we know today. The taste, consistency, strength, humidity and overall feeling have stayed the same since then.

Today, we’re going to have a little chat about Ettan original’s mischievous, less runny, smoky little brother: Ettan White Portion. Ettan White is presented in classic circle formation when you open the can. A light breeze of pure tobacco enters your nostrils, and a soothing voice telling you that every little thing is going to be alright – wait. That’s just me. I got carried away, excuse me.

Anyway, unlike Ettan White’s big brother, this snus is more of a casual affair than the strong and more heavy sensation that Ettan original provides. Although it’s still as dark and smoky, the focus lies in the low amount of runniness. The outside is hard as any “old-school” snus portion should be and has a very moist content when it’s under your lip.

When I taste it even further, I taste the malt and a small hint of dark chocolate that reminds me of whiskey on a cold, winter night and the strong, pure tobacco aftertaste puts me back to reality almost instantly. This is where the sensation unfortunately ends. As you will soon notice, this is still the “Little brother” of the group. This means that all I’ve stated before – happens at a moment’s notice. Don’t get fooled by the brand alone. This is not a portion you put in your mouth after a heavy meal and just relax. This is a snus you might use during the day. I think of walking to town or coffee with your friends and still want to have the same taste of tobacco and feeling of Ettan original, without taking your mind off elsewhere like Ettan original would do.

Ettan White Portion is a great, safe choice if you’re interested in snus overall or just getting started with different tastes. With the runniness being low and the taste so strong and the light, casual feeling of it all, I would recommend this snus to anyone who’s just aiming for a good tasting, easy snus. It’s the little brother that could.

Sometimes, less is actually more.

Ettan White Portion gets a 

Best time for the snus: All day. Have it beside you at work, mark your territory on the table with it. Ettan is always your friend.

Meal and Drink: Ettan White Portion goes incredibly well with a salad. For drinks, Ettan is best with coffee, hands down.

Time of the year: Ettan White Portion really blooms during the spring.

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Meet Matt

 

“Sleep when you’re dead”

Name: Matt

Age: 24
Nationality: Canadian

Hobbies:
Brewing beer is my favorite hobby that has evolved from a pastime to a career for me. I’m a co-founder of a microbrewery in Toronto called Pint Pursuits Brewing Co. I also love bikes of all sorts – downhill racing, trails, BMX…

Favorite Snus:
My go-to snus is General G.3 Extra Strong Slim White. Great feel, perfect strength, and no-nonsense flavor! A close second that I like to mix into the lineup is Göteborgs Rapé Lingon. So tasty!

My first snus experience:
My first experience with snus was during a round of disc-golf (throwing Frisbees into a metal net). I had never heard of it, and am now glad that it is catching on in Canada!

Favorite Life Hack:
Warm beer? Throw a wet paper towel around it, pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes, and voila, ice cold.

A quote that sums up my view on life:
Not sure who said this, but, “Sleep when you’re dead.” Too much to do and experience.

Matt’s first review will be published here soon!

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Lundgrens Skåne Vit

“By Snusers, for Snusers”

This is the tag-line you get greeted by when you’re opening a can of “Lundgrens Skåne Vit”.

A quick aroma of licorice and salmiak enters your nose when you open the can. The weird design of the little dump flap at the top greets you with a letter from the company reminding you that they are serious with their tobacco. You can also see the passion for tobacco craftsmanship with the shape of the teabags their wrapped in. It’s an interesting design, when there are holes in the bags.

“Wait a minute” I hear you ask, why would you poke holes in the bags?!

Taste, that’s the focus of Lundgrens snus. Unlike the big companies that produce such snus as “Göteborgs rapé” and “General”, which tend to have a shorter lasting taste and be a bit more runny, “Lundgrens Skåne Vit” provides taste > all. The focus on taste makes the runniness in the mouth exceedingly small, which also gives the snuser less of a dry throat.

However, while the taste lasts for a long time and provides the snuser from having a coughing fit and drinking large amounts of water which tend to ruin the taste of other snus, it’s not that strong. Other snusers are looking for the burning sensation in the lip, this does not provide that. It’s kind of tame. But like a good craft beer, It’s not about the power-level of the snus that matters, Lundgrens knows what proficient snusers are looking for and what matters, It’s taste. A long, lasting taste.

Lundgrens Skåne Vit : 

Best time for the snus: Early morning, keep the can in your fridge overnight for the cold sensation (Always keep your snus fresh).

Meal and Drink: Lundgrens has a tendency to be extra tasteful after a meal of meat. Any kind of meat really. From a classic burger to pork chops. For drinks, I would recommend chandlery, ice water and coffee.

Time of the year: Autumn and early winter

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Meet Martin

“A burning passion for videogames, barbering, music and of course, snus”

 

Name: Martin
Age: 23
Nationality: Swedish

Hobbies:
Right now: A burning passion for videogames, barbering, music and of course, snus. Currently involved with a “Arcade” group in Halmstad, Sweden, with the aim of bringing the kids, adolescents and the rest of the community together with their passion for video games. Now I’m digging into the art of writing and Roman Philosophy.

Favorite Snus:
Lundgrens Förbakad. Just the fact that it does not come in a bag, and actually preventing “Over­Runniness” is craftsmanship only wizards are capable of. And the taste Is really good, too.

My first snus experience:
My dad was a “snuser”. He would open the can of “Ettan” and let me and my big sister smell the snus. Somehow, in some way, we loved the smell of It. My actual first “Snus” happened when I turned 18 (age requirement for tobacco purchases in Sweden, follow the law and good things will happen to you!) and I bought my first can of Göteborgs Rapé. Got a little dizzy, though the sensation was on another level.

Favorite Life Hack:
Working with radio broadcasting, my portable recording device eats up batteries like no other. To keep myself from mistakenly using batteries that are dead and gone, dropping a battery on my desk (about 6inches) will indicate if their usable or not. If they give a small bounce, they’re good. If they bounce around like people in a nightclub, they’re dead or on the way out.

A quote that sums up my view on life:
Read what you want. Watch what you want. Play what you want. Think what you want. Say what you want. Liberty.

Stay tuned for Martin’s first review, which will be published here soon!

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WARNING: This tobacco product can damage your health and is addictive.