Jakobssons Melon Strong

“make me want a sextant and more faded tattoos”

For some reason, fruit flavoured snus stimulates the same reaction in me as when someone says something illogical in the company of Dr Spock. Perhaps there is a link to my waning taste for sweet during my 20’s, maybe it’s just another fascinating side to my oh-so-interesting character. Whatever the reason, I generally would like snus to be snus and fruit to remain in the bowl, gradually getting soft, then thrown onto the compost.

I was tempted by Jakobsson’s Strong Melon, however, for 2 reasons. Firstly, I wanted to know which descriptor won. Is it more strong than melon, or is the melon strong? The second reason was less about semantics and more about my crush for Jakobssons. I really believe Jakobssons’ cans are the coolest, most authentic and ace snus cans around. There, I said it. They’re all maritime-y and Olde World-y and make me want a sextant and more faded tattoos.

The melon is definitely strong on the nose. Opening the can is like being cocooned in a bubble of Hubba Bubba, but this fades quickly – thankfully. The initial taste is quite sickly sweet too; the moist, soft bags secreting a dose of melon-ish juice from the off, but slow enough to be manageable. As said, the bags are soft and, well, baggy, requiring no lip contortion to work or keep in place, which is fortunate as I found most of my face to be convulsing in reaction to the sudden hit of syrupy, melon flavourings.

As for the hit itself, it’s lurking in the background from the off – building gently as the melon subsides, but never peaking as with other strong snus’. This could be due to my brain, suddenly alive to the joys of e-numbers again, reverting to a childlike state, where tobacco and nicotine did not figure and sugar was King. And as with those sugar highs of my young days, the rush is soon over with Jakobsson’s Strong Melon and I feel a little empty and I want to play outside.

But alas, now I am grown and am expected to be mature and honest, which can sometimes be hard. Did I mention that Jakobsson’s cans are very pleasing on the eye? Oh, I did. Did I explain properly that I don’t really enjoy sweet tastes anymore? Oh.

Well, it’s crunch time then. I didn’t get much out of Strong Melon Portions, other than childhood memories and wasting good money on a dark IPA, which I could barely taste due to the strength of the melon flavour coating my mouth. Chalk it up to experience, I suppose and get back to my Vulcan ways.

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Timber Wolf Natural LC

“middle of the road affordable dip”

Hello!

It’s been a long while since my last review, but I was contacted recently to offer my thoughts on things again, and I’m pleased to do so for you. Today I will be reviewing Timber Wolf Long Cut Natural. My previous review was on another natural flavour, so let’s see how this compares!

Cracking this can, I can smell a dull muted tobacco. Nothing really sticks out. The cut is decent, it packs together fairly nice. Right away I can taste a strong tobacco flavor and it actually feels nice against my gums. It spits a light tan, and I notice there isn’t very much saltiness compared to other naturals I have tried in the past.

All that being said, unfortunately the flavor doesn’t last that long, and the density goes a little mushy. That’s expected with a cheaper tobacco, but still disappointing. Not much bang for the buck in regards to last ability.

Overall, I have to say that this is a decent middle of the road affordable dip. It’s not as good as Copenhagen Natural Extra Long Cut or Stokers Natural, but for the price it will definitely satisfy you in a pinch.

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Siberia -80 Degrees White

“Colder than my ex-girlfriend’s heart”

I’ve never been to Siberia, and probably never will. It’s cold, large, and did I mention, cold? – similar to this Siberia -80 Extremely Strong white snus, I must say. But while I don’t plan on going to Siberia, I do plan on mingling with Siberia -80 snus in my foreseeable future. Let’s get to it.

Cold – this portion is freezing! Colder than my ex-girlfriend’s heart. Throwing one in the lip and I get no shortage of icy cold tingles. The cool thing about this (pun intended) is that the icy cooling sensation lasts quite a while! As I write this, it’s been half an hour with this snus in, and I don’t have to press my lip hard against my gum to revive that sensation. In short, the freezing mouthfeel lasts the entire duration of using Siberia -80.

Large – this is a relatively large snus, but this is to be expected from a portion packing this much punch. It’s not for the faint of heart. I regularly enjoy my fair share of strong snus, but WOW, this Siberia is on the verge of being lethal! I literally decided I better take a seat on the couch after putting my first portion in. The nicotine hits you right in the cranium. Strength aside, these guys made a wonderful pouch of tobacco. Extremely soft, very fluffy. No need to fluff the portion because it’s already as soft and supple as a well-fed sheep.

The taste of this snus is mint, I’d say spearmint. This is more so evident in the aroma, but of course also the taste. Tobacco taste is very nice, but mild. Definitely pleasing. There is little to no drip with these portions – exactly how I like and expect a white portion to be.

If you’re looking for a very strong snus, with a long lasting icy taste and feel, look no further. But do be warned, this stuff is strong and not for a beginner snuser.

Cheers!

Matt

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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.

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.

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