Thursday, November 29, 2012

Discreet Snus Review


Back again in Northern Los Angeles. Its warm and dry, my eyes are running, my Margarita is delicious, and i am once again dining in the company of Snus royalty, and this time, i met the KING! 
After Annoying him with talk of Northerner back in the day, the future of snus worldwide, poisonous animals and fun adventure vacation destinations, i get gifted with the greatest adornments of all. A huge bag of my beloved Roda lacket Los, yummy chocolates that put American and Australian candy productions to shame, a beautiful stainless steel snus tin that i will treasure for a lifetime and an assortment of samples for me to taste and review. Snus girl, knowing full well what my snus preferences are, hands me 3 small packets and immediately says, "Sarah if you dont want to do this, i will" haha, how could i refuse her pretty face!
So here i am, about to embark on another journey into the seedy underbelly of American "Snus".
I remember my last US Snus experience. It was 2009, so much talk was surrounding Rj Renolds, and as a former Camel Turkish Silver smoker, i just had to try the 'mellow' for myself. needless to say i had 3 portions, they tasted like crap, threw the rest in the trash and used the tin for a coin purse.
I am so hoping Discreet is going to be better. If its not i have nothing to show for it. no cool looking tin, just 3 empty plastic bags and a feeling of utter disgust and mouth violation. we shall see.
Discreet Snus, a brand from Virginia based American Smokeless Tobacco, has been around the traps for a few years now. Selling the business a while ago (and if the portions i have got are not already 2 years old) somebody has once again started production. It comes in 5 flavors: Full Flavor, Emerald Ice, Cool Mint, Strawberry and Peach. I have been given Emerald, Strawberry and full flavor so those are what i will review.
Im dragging my feet as you can see; i do not want to try this, and what i don't want to do i don't do, but my word i keep so here goes!
Upon opening the pouches the first thing you notice is the smell.  These people use so much flavoring they put V2 to shame! good lord! is this Snus or candy?? 
The portions are small and as dry as a nuns gusset.  They requite proper crushing with ones fingers before placing, otherwise you have a hard bullet in your mouth. 
I will break down the taste and flavor individuality as follows:

Strawberry portion: My favorite of them all. The smell of sweet berries with a slight medicinal undertone. Kinda like a Ricola, yummy and funky all in one. It reminds me of strawberry flavored salt water taffy, and being a food grade product, it would not surprise in the least me if they used the same flavorings meant for candy production. Very tasty and decedent with a slight hint of tobacco, a nice change.
Full Flavor portion: The smell; kinda like Camel mellow but not so mellow. A real hint of enhanced tobacco and pepper that is not present in the other two. My least favorite of the three though. If im going to have junk floor sweepings in a pouch, i want it to at least taste good. I like the flavor or REAL tobacco, not tobacco that has been enhanced with the taste of tobacco for the sake of trying to get something that should be present in the first place. It's a sweet smokey tobacco that people will either love or hate. put me in the hate basket please!
 
Emerald Ice portion: The smell of this is identical to Crest toothpaste. I dont know if its a good or bad thing but its true. Its unlike anything i have smelled in the Snus department. It has the slight tingle of super clean mint with a sweet aftertaste. By the smell i was expecting these to be laden with artificial sweeteners. Its there but no where near as bad as General Nordic mint or American marketed catch mint. This one wanders around the mouth a lot more then the rest, somewhat acts like a breath-mint..Bonus! not bad, not bad at all.

Mocca Mini Left Discreet Snus Right
Although Discreet will never make it in my line up of Snus, it does have some really good qualities that are worth mentioning. The pouches are very comfortable, packed to the brim and stay in place for a long ass time! I guess being dry has something to do with it as well, you will never get drip with these and they are smaller then all swedish snus pouches by at least a quarter (see picture) I guess they really do live up to the name Discreet.  Their highly flavored and scented and would appeal to American Dip users and women looking for a cigarette alternative (if it can get someone away from those products it has my respect!)
The nicotine level is decent at 7.4 mg's. I definitely did not need to put in two pouches, but that might be because i have just done three portions in a row. 
I do believe Discreet has a place in the Snus market. Live long, snus, prosper and come out with a tin already!
Adios.








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