Lundgrens Slim Mojito

“well-balanced, delicate, and unique”

With the dread chill of winter apparently having been shed here – along with any semblance of spring as we’ve gone from freezing to hot in days – the warmer weather evokes memories of wonderful summertime activities – going to the beach, enjoying the sunlight, and one of my personal favorites – cold drinks.

I know snus has come in many flavors, and in the “cold drinks” department, I’ve delved as far as a single malt whisky snus. It wasn’t bad but it was also not a white portion so I feel like I didn’t get the full experience. My mouth runs wet so I suffer from drip very quickly and never got to hold a portion longer than 30 minutes.

When I received Lundgrens Mojito portions, I was excited. Rum is wonderful. Mint and lime are also wonderful. Combined…well, you get the picture.

The can’s presentation is simple and straightforward – plain white, simple, easy. No nonsense. The lid has a portion holder that doesn’t come completely off, which is INCREDIBLY useful. I’m really clumsy and when I am using my regulars, the holder lids tend to slip out of my hands and roll away from me, to great frustration. These lids should be the norm.

Eager to find out more, I opened the can to find white portions, somewhat small (hey, they ARE slim), but what really captivated me was the aroma – while a mojito contains lime and mint, the lime is far more pronounced, but the mint is there, subtly making its presence felt If I didn’t know better, I’d swear there was a hint of rum as well.

The flavor is very, very mild. It’s there, but a person like me who has most likely blown out their tastebuds from going to extremes had trouble picking it up initially. So, like any good reviewer or flavor explorer would do, I put 2 portions in, one on each side. The lime is probably the most pronounced flavor in the profile, even providing a mouth-watering tartness to the snus. The mint and any other flavors are muted at best, yielding to the citrus flavor of lime. This in itself isn’t a bad thing, but the balance isn’t what I expected. I’ll rarely say a snus is bad; only that it’s not necessarily my thing. This isn’t a bad snus. It’s well-balanced, delicate, and unique. But it’s on the mild side for my taste profile. They are fairly slow to drip as well, which to me and any snus user wanting to get value, is a plus. I always feel that a quick dripping snus is a wasted opportunity – the longer I can savor one, the happier I am because that makes a can last longer.

This may be my own undoing here as I’m used to bold flavors in pretty much everything I consume. Where most people keep salt and pepper on the table, I keep sriracha and chili paste. Most people consider a mixed drink to be like a mojito, a medley of flavors, none overwhelming the others. To me, a mixed drink is Islay whisky with ice. (Note: Islay whisky is by far the strongest flavored of all Scotch, heavy, smoky, and deep)

Throwing my own personal bias out the window and rating this snus for what it is, I would still give it a solid It’s definitely a one of a kind flavor, a refreshing island breeze in a world of limited choices. Personally, if it was a little bolder with its flavors, I’d use it more often if not make it a regular to change things up from my minty daily regime. Now, if we want to dream, a pina colada snus would get my full attention.

As always, you should give it a try, every snus deserves our love and attention.

By Frank D

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Gustavus Slim Cut Blue

“Boy, was I in for a surprise!”

Gustavus Slim Cut Blue

I waited eagerly for my first review can to come in the mail, and was excited when they finally arrived. I eagerly opened my package and was greeted by a new face. A handsome can, white as the driven snow, emblazoned with a large blue S on it.I’m not familiar with the Gustavus brand nor any of their products, so I was looking forward to trying something new.

Now, to be fair, in the United States, there seems to be a default color-coding of flavors. It goes something like this:

Green – any generic “mint” flavor, but usually spearmint. Occasionally wintergreen.
Blue – Peppermint
Red – Cinnamon
Orange – Orange or some citrus-y variant

That being said, I, in my limited mindset, assumed what I was getting was a slim minty portion.

Boy, was I in for a surprise. I cracked open the can and discovered a scent that was both familiar and yet new. I’ve had the classic snus flavoring before, that bergamot-infused tobacco aroma. There’s definitely some of that in the aroma here, but with the Slim Blue it’s that (or a mind trick) plus an added floral/herbal scent that fills the nose with memories of a fresh spring day. Although I am a huge mint fan by default, I’m always open to new things, so I couldn’t wait to try this.

The portions are incredibly soft to the touch, and being white portions they are quite dry as well. Placing one in the lip is a sensory joy. It goe in easily, and the size plus the softness of the portion make adjustments in the lip completely unnecessary.

The nicotine is mild, at least to me. There’s no “rush” you’d get with a strong snus. Rather, it comes to you gently over the course of five to ten minutes. The flavor does remind me of that classic snus mix I mentioned before, but the juniper in the mix also smacks of a good gin.It’s present, and you know it’s there, but it’s also not bludgeoning you with its flavor. Overall, the flavor is quite pleasant and a nice change from what I normally use. Being one who likes to keep a portion in while I work, I found that I could handle a coffee or other beverage without the need to remove the portion. I kept my portions in for about 90 minutes on average before the drip made me need to remove it.

If you’re a fan of the bergamot snus flavoring, you’d really enjoy Gustavus Slim Blue. It’s familiar but just different enough to make it a refreshing change.
While it doesn’t click with my preferences, I can spot a good thing when I see it. It might not make its way into my favorites, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed this as something off the beaten path I tread, something that reminds me that good snus isn’t limited to just what you prefer, but can be found in unexpected places.

By Frank D.

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DOS Citrus – Nordic Chew

“the most pleasant surprise you could expect”

Nordic Chew. That’s a new term to all of us. Had I not been otherwise informed, I’d have assumed it was some new muesli treat from Scandinavia.

However, politicians being the creatures they are, snus has been restricted in some countries in the EU. So now in its place is a new product with the catchy name of Nordic Chew. The concept is simple enough: where traditional snus is placed in the upper lip and enjoyed, Nordic Chew is to be chewed a little before being placed in the lip. Chewing isn’t mandatory but in order to satisfy the political hoops, it’s in the description. You still get the spit-free enjoyment of snus.

DOS is apparently the leading edge in this new product, and I had the pleasure of sampling the citrus variety. The cans are different from normal snus cans. Perhaps this is another change, perhaps not. Either way, they are oblong, thin containers with two compartments, a small one to store used portions, and a larger one which holds the unused ones. It’s very discreet and doesn’t easily show in the pocket, which I really enjoyed.

The aroma is very faint but is indeed of citrus, and to be up front, these portions are incredibly dry. If say almost bone dry. If you handle one and roll it in your fingers you hear a sound not unlike dry leaves in autumn being crushed. The portion size is very slim and does not show when in your lip, which for the low key user is another added plus.

The first portion I tried, I did as advised and chewed it a little. Textually this gave me shivers. The sensation of dry portion material on my teeth is insanely unenjoyable. I like it to an oral version of fingernails on a chalkboard. However, this could just be me. But I definitely didn’t enjoy chewing it. The aim with chewing is to present some moisture to the dry portions and speed the nicotine buzz.

I found the delay in just going straight to the upper lip to be minor. It took about 10 minutes to fully moisten, but once it did, not only did I get a pleasant nicotine hit, but I also enjoyed a very flavorful product. The citrus notes I seemed to glean most were orange and to a lesser extent lemon. Being as dry as it is, I found myself enjoying it for a solid two to three hours before running out of flavor. Not a drip, just for it to not have that citrus flavor anymore.

It’s always good to try new things, and Nordic Chew, while essentially snus in every other way, is just different enough to be a changeup in my rotation, and honestly the most pleasant surprise you could expect. Aside from my textural nightmare with chewing it, I find no faults to speak of with Nordic Chew,  and I will give it a solid
If you are one of those souls who can no longer have “snus”, rejoice that Nordic Chew is an exceptional alternative for you to enjoy. I for one want to try the other flavor selections offered and see if they’re all as good as this.

By Frank

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General Wintergreen Portion

“You know exactly what you’re getting with this snus”

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

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General Mint White Portion

“like small pillows of happiness for your mouth”

I’m going to be up front with you. I love mint. My toothpaste and mouthwash are mint. I have a box of peppermint tea which soothes my throat when I have a cold. I don’t really like gum, but when I do – yep, mint’s my first choice. York peppermint patties were a favorute growing up. I like the cooling sensation mint has, plus I like the fact it covers up what can be some wicked breath. I work overnights in a convenience store and I tend to run on coffee and anger, neither of which is good for one’s breath.

That being said when I started snusing, my first choice was to grab the mint. Being an American, it’s not like I can walk into any store and grab a can – it was a search and recovery operation facilitated by the Internet. And even then, our choices are limited. Most places carry the American version of “snus”, which is like sucking on a candy you picked off the floor of a chemical plant. A few places sell real snus, and those few places sell General snus. Suffice it so say, General was my first real snus, and continues to be a go-to for me to this day.

Now, let’s talk about General Mint. Cracking open a can, you’ll notice the neat circular pattern General places its portions. A quick whiff reveals its minty secrets – not a specific mint, it’s neither pure peppermint, nor pure spearmint, but a pleasant mix of the two with the added aroma of its fine tobacco. The cans I buy are white portions, so they are dry to the touch and fairly soft, like small pillows of happiness for your mouth.

Upon inserting a portion, you quickly get that minty tingle. It’s not bludgeoning you to death the way American snuses do, rather a subtle “Hello there, friend!” as it provides a cooling snesation, followed fairly quickly by the pleasurable buzz from the nicotine. The portions quickly settle in place and flatten out, making the experience even more discreet to others, as I’ve managed to skirt the rules at work and partake all night, without the need for smoke breaks the others demand.

Its flavor is just as the aroma, a sweetish mint that doesn’t overwhelm you and that really lasts a long time.General’s flavor is probably the best mint of any snus I’ve had in terms of balance and strength. I’ve kept portions in for hours without losing the flavor. I’ve even fallen asleep with a portion in a few times, only to awaken with it still there, not dripping even after 8 hours (although I wouldn’t make a habit of it)

Overall, I’d give the General a solid
Being a more experienced snus fan, I’ve come to love the stronger snuses out there, but for an everyday choice, it would be hard to fare better than General. You’re sure to get a consistently quality product which isn’t too extreme in strength, and its long-lasting portions will stretch your money out to last a long time.

By Frank Doosey

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Frank – Snus Squad Member

“You’re not escaping death, so enjoy life’s pleasures now”

Name: Frank D
Age: 44
Nationality: American

Hobbies: Between working overnights and domestic duties, my hobbies are sleeping and snus. I admit my guilty pleasure is watching wrestling and being a Twitter geek!

Favorite snus: All time is Thunder Ultra Frosted White. I’m a deep end of the pool kinda guy.

My first snus experience: Seeking out General snus locally and racing to the store for Nordic Mint.

Favorite life hack: Offhand, I don’t use many, but keeping snus in the car all winter saves on fridge space and increases discretion!

A quote that sums up my view on life: Stop worrying about what will kill you. You’re not escaping death, so enjoy life’s pleasures now.

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