“The perfect gift for a smokeless tobacco lover”
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We’ve now released a preview of our Christmas boxes that will be available for sale very very soon at Northerner.
For those who aren’t familiar with Salmiak, it’s a traditional candy in the Nordic countries that combines licorice and ammonium chloride in a strong, “salty licorice”, flavor. I Felt that it would be unfair to review Kapten Extra Stark Salmiak without, at first, understanding the flavor it was meant to invoke, so I ordered a couple bags of “salmakki”. No doubt, it’s a strongly flavored candy that reminds me, for reasons I cannot even begin to articulate, of the candies that my grandmother fed me when I visited. All in all, not a bad style of candy – an acquired taste, for sure – but totally appropriate to flavor snus.
That being stated, Kapten Extra Stark Salmiak barely tastes like the candy it sets out to emulate. It isn’t that this snus tastes bad, it is that it barely has any taste at all compared to your average snus. It has a very faint licorice flavor with a slight hint of saltiness, and while it technically is a “salty licorice” flavor, it does not pass muster as “salmiak” (I consider myself a Salmiakki snob merely two days after having had it for the first time). Legitimacy of the flavor aside, it really is difficult to pick up the taste of this snus without physically putting it on your tongue. By comparison, it is even less flavorful than a traditional flavors-of-tobacco-only snus pouch.
Strength wise, this is a strong snus but not overwhelmingly so. The nicotine hits softly a minute or so after you put it in and builds from there. I guess the kick lasts for about twenty minutes, however typically the pouch has lost all flavor by then and I’ve replaced it. Overall not a bad snus for the kick, but not one that will impress you either.
This snus gets a
it appears to be a quality product based on the packaging and the overall build of the snus portions, however it doesn’t have enough flavor to be enjoyable. This is unfortunate. Salmiak is such an interesting flavor, especially to someone foreign to the Nordic lands, and this snus concept has such potential.
Gimmicks and innovations. Both have strong selling power, new and exciting features, and make you want to get your hands on them. With a gimmick, though, those selling points don’t actually come to fruition, and you likely don’t care about getting your hands on the product anymore after the initial use. An innovation, on the other hand, is a game-changer in its realm. It lives up to the hype, and leaves you wanting more. So what is Epok white snus? A gimmick or a true snus innovation? Let’s find out.
Epok has this line of white snus. Not ‘white’ in the sense that we think of the more dry, no-moisture-added snus, white in the sense that it is physically and visually white. The tobacco is washed and somehow cleansed of all brown color, leaving it white, before then packaging in white pouches. They claim that this removes nitrosamines and heavy metals. The actual process is somewhat vague, though. I’d like to know what exactly goes into the cleansing, as I don’t think water alone could do this. But hey, I’m no scientist.
Let’s get onto the actual snus review. This review is of the Ice Cool Mint slim version, which is also the only strong portion flavour that Epok sells. The others are regular strength. I’ll break it down like I usually do.
The tin is clear plastic and looks really cool. I can see how many portions I have left without opening it up. The snus also does not need to be refrigerated. I can verify that this is true, as I left mine out of the fridge, and it did not clump up or get hard in any way. Stayed fresh to the last portion. The pouch material seems a little weak. The portions stuck together a bit, and when I pulled them apart, the material stretched a bit. That being said, not one portion broke on me (as I have read in other reviews), and I was able to fluff the portions like I normally do, not that they needed much fluffing. I’d be interested to know a little more about this pouch material, as it is very soft and comfortable. Will it live up to continued use? Only more testing will tell, but for now, I’d say that it’s a good material.
The aroma is very strong. The peppermint punches you in the face right when the tin is opened. To me, it is pleasant, but sort of seems a little artificial. I guess that’s how most “ice-flavored” products are. Almost toothpaste-like. There isn’t a lot of tobacco aroma, maybe that is due in part to how the tobacco is washed.
The strength is perfect. There is no doubt that this is strong. I’d even bargain that it could be called extra strong. I got a very pleasing, strong tingle from this stuff. The nicotine hit me quick, and lasted a good 30 to 45 minutes. I’d be interested in trying Epok’s regular strength varieties, as I bet they have a good amount of punch to them as well. As time goes on, and the portion gets moist, there is a good tobacco flavour, that is fairly subtle, but evident. Nice and well-rounded.
Overall, this Epok Ice Cool snus is subdued in flavour, yet very strong. I wouldn’t call it my all-day snus, but it definitely works its way into my schedule frequently. So is it a gimmick or an innovation? To be honest, I’m leaning towards an innovation. The fact that they have removed the brown color, yet still maintained a classic snus feel is pretty darn unique. What I would like to know is how exactly they process it to be white. But hey, if they gave away all their secrets, that wouldn’t be a very smart innovation, now would it? For now, I’d be happy to use it again and try all the interesting flavors Epok has to offer.
You may believe that having attained an E grade in Advanced Level Law and having been in court once would give me a unique understanding of the intricate laws and regulations regarding snus distribution. Alas, it is not so. The whys and wherefores of varying snus availability in certain countries is a baffling mystery which, to be honest, I haven’t researched at all. If I can get snus, I’m happy. If not, then I’ll moan and complain and shake my fist and sulk.
Chew bags sound more like something you would give a horse to munch on, but they may be small saviours when finding yourself in those areas unenlightened to the joys of snus as they fall into a legislative grey area. Chew bags are apparently not snus. At the same time, they closely resemble snus and are produced by snus manufacturers. So many questions, so many contradictions. In the interests of aiding the debate, satisfying my own curiosity and, perhaps, guiding human civilisation to a new level of knowledge and ultimate peace, I tested Thunder Extra Strong Chew Bags against their ancestral form, Thunder Extra Strong Portion Snus.
I’ll spring elegantly over my thoughts on the packaging as I have written before on my opinions of Thunder cans. Suffice to say, the chew bags are presented in the same way as other Thunder products. The chew bags themselves, however, do look and smell slightly different. Not as dark in colour or aroma as Extra Strong Portion; they have a khaki-ness to them and a nice little whiff of liqourice. The Extra Strong Portion are, as mentioned, darker and a bit greasier to the touch, with a very strong odour of something I can’t quite place, but is definitely 100 percent snus in nature.
Extra Strong Portion hides nothing in it’s approach. Dark, quite drippy and a strength which lasts until you physically are unable to contain or dispose of the juices anymore and are forced to submit. This is by no way a criticism, as I prefer a solid blast of snus over more delicate, slow burners for the most part, although I do find most Thunder products a bit too full, if you know what I mean?
The Chew Bags, as indicated by their lighter shade, are a touch gentler. Extra Strong Portion kicks in the door and grabs the arm chair, Chew Bags knock first, sit quietly for a while before livening up and getting going. Hit and taste-wise, the CB’s gradually rise from a steady buzz to a bona fide extra strong level over a quarter of an hour. I must also mention that no chewing is required to activate the snus. Sorry, I meant chew bag. It is easy to forget that, in some bizarre and undefined way, Chew Bags are not snus.
In comparitive terms, I preferred the Chew Bag for it’s more meandering way to the hit and a drier experience, more akin to a white portion. The flavour is a toned down version of the Extra Strong Portion, without any loss of strength of effect. In my attempt to find the flaw, the sign that something was lacking, which could explain why Chew Bags are not snus, I failed. In a blind taste test, with no prior knowledge, I’d bet my emergency frozen snus can that not one of you could tell the difference between a chew bag and a snus portion.
Whatever the difference is, be it ingredient, terminology or other is unimportant. I can only offer my deep gratitude to whichever creative soul first thought to produce chew bags. The name is a little odd, but behind the smokescreen is for all intents and purposes, snus for those who know snus.
Well, we are right at the midway point of October, and as the weather starts to turn to crap, I found myself needing a pick-me-up from the cya-later-summer blues.That pick-me-up came in the form of a can of Skruf Slim Mynta White from the fine people across the world at Northerner. Mint flavoured snus was what got me into the whole snus game in the first place, so it seems fitting to return to my roots a little bit!
The can is pretty nifty looking with a matte-finished look to it. It also sports a good sized compartment for your used portions.
When initially opening the can, I’m hit with a great aroma of fresh spearmint. What I like about this is that the aroma doesn’t seem artificial like some other mint snuses. I later found out that each tin contains one-tenth mint leaves – neato!
The portion is slim and the material is as soft as cashmere. Combine that with the fact the tobacco is very supple, it doesn’t take much fluffing to prep this portion for your lip. It’s very comfortable. The manufacturer gives it 2 out of 4 on the strength scale. I’d say that’s about accurate. Maybe 1.5 out of 4 if I was being picky. It is definitely a mild-mannered snus.
I don’t get any drips until at least the hour-mark. It is a very dry white portion. This makes it the perfect morning snus for when you wake up but still can’t get out of bed! Why, you ask? I used my tried-and-trued test method of laying in bed in multiple head positions, which usually instigates even white portions to drip, but this Skruf did not! Perfect.
The taste is what you’d expect from a mint portion. There’s not much menthol going on, just smooth spearmint and a little tobacco, which could be the result of those real mint leaves mixed in there.
Overall, a pretty tame snus, but I can definitely tell that it is high quality. If you’re a fan of mint, and want something to accompany you as you smash the snooze button on your alarm in the morning, give this Skruf a go!
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.
Mustang White Portion gets a
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.
Nick & Johnny Crushed Ice (White) Review:
On opening the can you get an instant hit of a really nice fresh mint smell with slight tobacco hints in the background. The portions themselves are a great size and are really comfortable under the lip, being a white portion they are dry and take a bit of saliva to really release the flavor but it is definitely worth it.
The flavor it self is a really nice combination of different mint flavors which is just right it really gives off a wonderful cooling sensation from the very start which lasts for a good while. The flavor isn’t at all overpowering which can be an issue with mint flavored snus so is a great bonus. It has a great long lasting flavor and I can keep it in for about an hour before I start noticing any dripping which again is fantastic. This is by far the best mint flavored snus I have ever tried and makes an appearance under my lip very regularly.
I would recommend this if you want to try a great mint snus.
If you tried it, please leave a comment in the commentfield!