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14.5.13

Wow Wintermint White Portion Review

WoW! Wintermint

Swedish Snus Review

Wow Wintermint is made by a company named SPT (Scandinavian Premium Tobacco) that also owns
Wow wintermint snus
the brand Taboca, which I haven’t tried yet. I have heard a lot of good things about Taboca so I was really curios to try this WoW! Wintermint snus.

I opened the can, by actually pulling off the top of the label on the sides of the can. I think they had me there already. These guys think about my nails! How thoughtful! I hate breaking my nails when I open a snus can.

Jenka Jenka Jenka!

Wow! You have to smell this snus! It’s one of those nostalgic snuses for me, yes I know, I’ve gotten quite a few of them lately. This snus smells exactly like a chewing gum my friends and I used to buy in Sweden when we were kids. It was named Jenka and cost 0,50 SEK each. I remember that because we used to convert all our money to the cost of this chewing gum. If I got 10 SEK from my parents that meant I could buy 20 Jenka .

I was a little bit disappointed by the flavor of this snus at first. After getting this nostalgic feeling from the smell of Wow wintermint  I had high expectations of the flavor being the same as the smell. It's not. Thing is, it’s too sweet and the Wintergreen flavor should definitely be stronger and give you more of a burn. That is after all what I’m looking for in a Wintergreen and Mint snus. I find this snus a little mild in flavor.

It Grows On You

Wow! Wintermint White Portion SnusThe first time I tried this snus I didn’t feel that burning sensation that usually comes with a mint or wintergreen snus. I just got a slightly tingling feeling under my lip, but I was surprised because with my third portion I actually felt more of a burn. It’s still not a massive burning feeling (which I actually like) and it got milder after a while. I’ve come to like the flavor more and more. It’s not a really rich wintergreen or mint flavor and it’s still a tad sweet for my taste but it grows on you. I also feel you get the same freshness as you would get from a mint chewing gum. With my third portion I felt so comfortable with the flavor and the softness of the pouch that I forgot I had it in which I then realized 40 minutes later. I would definitely suggest giving it a few portions; you might just fall in love with it.
I also let my husband and his Swedish friend try this snus and they both liked it. That surprised me a little since his friend only uses General Classic Portion snus and I could never imagine that he would like a wintermint flavor. 
Wow Wintermint Portions

A Retro Can

The can is pretty cool. Not only do SPT care about my nails they have also made an awesome retro designed can which really stands out on the market. Just seeing it on Northerner made me curious because it really stands out from all the other brands.Oh, and the can has a huge "ashtray" for used portions built in to the lid of the can. The bigger the better. I hate it when I forget to empty my "ashtray" and can't find a trashcan around.

Mouthfeel & Nicotine

The portions are really soft and I find them somewhat thicker than other white portions which gives you a comfortable feeling under your lip. Being a white portion I still find it a bit moist. The portions are a little too big for my taste but as you know I’m a mini portion kind of girl. The nicotine level is average. Not to strong, not to weak.

I painted my nails green yesterday, to match the WoW wintermint can of course. My husband then said “Noooo, What are you doing? Green nails? Really?” Just a piece of advice to you men out there, Compliment your girlfriend/wife and if you have nothing nice to say; stay quiet. That is my best advice if you want to live a long and happy life.
My husband then realized his mistake and said: “I guess I just need some time to get used to it….” Well, maybe that’s the case for me with this snus cause every time I try it I seem to like it a little bit more. I almost went trough a whole can of wow wintermint now and think I might just order some more which was definitely not my thought after trying my first portion. At least I can say this snus is different from any other snus I have tried and sometimes being different is a good thing.


8.5.13

Should EU decide about Swedish Snus flavoring?


The EU has already put a ban on snus so it's not allowed for sale in any other EU countries than Sweden (loose snus is allowed in Denmark). Now they also want to decide which flavors we are allowed to have. Is this right? I don't think so! If it can't be sold in any other EU countries, it's not their business!


The devastating consequences of the EU snus ban

Swedish snus has been around in Sweden for over 200 years and is a deeply rooted tradition. Now
the EU wants to take control and change our snus and I am as a Swede extremely worried that snus will not be the same again. The new tobacco directive suggests a ban on flavored snus. What not all people understand is that even the original tobacco-taste brands like for example General, contains flavors like bergamot and smoke aromas. The consequences of this ban might be that people in Sweden switches back to smoking again, the cigarette consumption will grow higher and smuggling of uncontrolled products will explode. The EU decision will affect the Swedish snus manufacturing and retailing in a negative way. The EU decision might also spread to other countries outside of EU. The US, India, Russia and Norway are already discussing it.

This has happened:

    The EU snus ban and Makla
  • 1991 The EU directive applied a ban on all tobacco products not intended to be smoked or chewed. The reason for this is that it’s addictive, said to cause mouth cancer and be a gateway to smoking. (Ironic since there is no ban on cigarettes and both cigarettes and chewing tobacco is said to cause cancer when snus is not)
  • Sweden got an exception from the snus ban when they joined EU in 1995. That meant Swedish people could still sell, buy and use snus within Sweden but was forbidden to export snus to other countries in the EU. 
  • Year 2001 the public health institute in Sweden removed the cancer warning label from the snus cans since there was no evidence that snus could cause cancer.
  • The EU commission compare the Swedish snus to reports made about foreign oral tobacco products (which we know is not the same thing at all.)
  • The EU commission uses and relies on reports that are not statistically scientifically correct.
  • Autumn 2012 John Dalli, The EU commissioner for health and consumer policy resigns after being involved in a bribery scandal involving the new tobacco directive and Swedish snus. Tonio Borg is chosen as a new commissioner.
  • Tonio Borg says tobacco products should taste like tobacco.
  • A new tobacco directive was presented in December 2012. This new directive suggests a continued export ban for Swedish snus but also a ban of flavored snus.

They fight for our Snus!

Swedish Snus Manufacturers are fighting for our right to our snus. I got an opportunity to interview Gotlandssnus owner Henrik Jakobsson who is also a front person for the organization Vårt Snus Vårt Beslut (Our Snus, Our Decision). You can read the full interview with Henrik below. If you have any questions or concerns go ahead and like their Facebook page. They will answer all of your questions there.
What do you think about the future for snus in Sweden and the rest of the world?
Things are very uncertain in Sweden and it’s difficult to focus on the future when we don’t know what’s going to happen. Other countries might emulate if they believe the EU commission has done a fair assessment. 

Gotlandssnus Henrik JakobssonDo you think flavored snus will be forbidden in Sweden? What’s the reason EU wants to ban flavored snus and if so, when is this going to happen?
We hope that our politicians understand the consequences of a ban of flavored snus and continue to fight against it.

The EU claims that flavorings attract young people to start using tobacco. There is no evidence of this and the consequences could instead be that people switch to a more harmful product.

Negotiations have now started on all levels of the directive, there are many instances this will go through, their goal is to have everything ready for a decision in Parliament in autumn 2013, but many believe it will be at earliest 2014.

Are the flavors that are added to Swedish snus somehow harmful?
No, Snus should according to Swedish law be regulated as a food product which means that all the flavors that are added are approved for food products.

Who will decide what is defined as a tobacco taste and how will that method work? For
Snus Manufacturing Jakobssons Fläder
example General, one of the most popular brands in Sweden has distinct notes of bergamot, Will this also be forbidden?
The EU commission suggests this should be decided by a group of people in Brussels. This group should determine if the snus has a characteristic aroma. How they are supposed to decide that is to me unimaginably.

All Swedish snus contains aromas. A person who has ever tried totally unflavored snus would understand that. A ban against flavored snus would mean that no snus would be approved. 

For example, the smoke aroma that is used in almost all snus brands will have to be replaced with fire cured tobacco which is a much more harmful alternative to the air cured tobacco that is used for snus manufacturing today.

The tobacco used in Swedish snus is air cured to minimize unwanted substances (carcinogenic and toxins) but since this eliminates all flavors we have to add the flavors later. 

Swedish match previously said nearly 70% of their brands will disappear if the new tobacco directive goes through, what’s the case for Gotlandssnus products?
For us it’s a 100% of our product range that would disappear from the market which I think it would be for our competitors as well.

Many Swedes have said they want to leave the EU if this ban is applied. What do you think
about that? If the new tobacco directive goes through will snus be totally forbidden or will the flavors allowed in Sweden be allowed in the rest of the EU?
I don’t think all of our Swedish politicians or the EU understands our snus culture. Swedish snus cannot be compared to other EU acts or decisions (for example requirements for size and shape for cucumbers or strawberries). Snus is a very personal and traditional product.

Gotlandssnus manufacturingI’m pretty convinced that people in Sweden will react. The consequences will be a big opposition against our membership in the European Union, which some organizations and political parties will benefit from. 

The ban of flavored snus will in that case only be in Sweden and Sweden will also be the only country with an exception from the Snus ban. Snus will still be forbidden in other EU countries. 

Have the EU commission taken any part of or been informed of any studies made on Swedish snus and health and compared it to other tobacco products that’s allowed in the EU?
They have never viewed snus as a better alternative product. 

200.000 deaths related to Alcohol in the EU every year.

700.000 deaths due to smoking in the EU every year.  The health care cost for this is 100 billion Euros each year.

40% of the population in Sweden were smokers in year 1976. 2002 it was only 15%. It’s also unique that most of them were women. 

Gotlandssnus Jakobssons Melon SnusToday Sweden has the lowest rate of smokers. Only 13% in Sweden are smokers when the average smoking rate in the EU is 28%. Greece has the highest rate, 40%. 

From what I know there is no documented deaths due to snus use. 

Is there some way for us snusers in Sweden and in the EU to help and fight for Swedish snus?
The only thing we can do right now is to inform people what’s going on behind the curtains, cause one day we might stand there with a ban on snus and then it will be too late.

25.4.13

Catch Collection Madison Avenue Review

Madison Avenue Rich Mint

Swedish Snus Review

The first thing that hit me when I put this portion under my lip was – This reminds me of a mint
candy my grandmother used to buy when I was a kid. I got a little nostalgic. It was a mint-toffee kind of candy and I remember my grandmother always carrying these mint-toffee’s in her purse during the time she was trying to quit smoking.  Me and my sister loved walking around with her in the city, because every 15 minutes we would stop and get a candy. My grandmother was very close to me and even though she died when I was nine, I still miss her a lot. I have the cigarettes to blame for her being ripped out of my life far too early.


Mmmmm Mint!

This is one of the best mint flavors I’ve tried. It has both a little sweetness and a saltiness to it. The mint flavor combined with the hints of caramel is a perfect match. You can also still taste the tobacco very mildly in the background. It’s a very fresh, rich mint flavor that gives you a nice subtle burn under your lip. What makes me sad is that this is a Catch Collection snus which means that this flavor will eventually go away and be replaced with a new one. I really want Madison Avenue to stay!! I might just start a petition for that!

A Nice Treat

I carried this snus with me on our road trip to Grand Canyon last week. With an angry 1 year old screaming in the backseat this was a much needed treat. The nicotine at 4mgs per portion doesn’t really do it for me, but that means I can use them more often and with this amazing flavor I tend to pop another portion in after just a while. It’s good to know you can do that without worrying about suffering from a nicotine overdose. 

The Organized Snus

This is a white mini portion snus and I could easily use 2 at a time if I needed more of a nicotine buzz. The portions are pretty moist compared to other white portions so you still get the freshness from a white portion but without the feeling of it sucking all the moisture out of your mouth. I also like Swedish Match’s mini snus cans. They are cute and tiny and fits into my small purse packed with other things I don’t need, but forget to take out (like my 1,5 inch pile of old receipts and coupons). Since I’m obviously pretty unorganized it’s good to have something that is, and this snus as well as many other Swedish Match products has the neat star formation which means the portions are organized in a star pattern as you can see on the picture below.


Overall this is a really good snus, I don’t have anything negative to say about it except maybe you would want a little higher nicotine level, but then again that’s easily fixed; These portions are small so you can easily have two in at the same time. This is a really good snus with a flavor that to me is just divine! It took me back a lot of years to good memories hidden away somewhere back in my mind. I’ll make sure to pick up a few more of these before they disappear from the market!
Thank you Swedish Match for an awesome snus!

Written by Josie
4.4.13

Skruf Xtra Stark White Portion Review


Skruf Extra Strong White Portion

Swedish Snus Review

Skruf Extra Strong White Portion Snus I am obsessed with Skruf now! Last night I put in a list of requests to the awesome Snus Girl, that included just about every product in their range including: los, tranbar (cranberry), the strong mint and the new organic tobacco portions (can’t wait to taste and review them all!)
Today is all about the Skruf extra sterk white portion. I've seen these white packaged portions around the traps for years and I know they have quite a cult like following. Once again I kick myself for not trying skruf earlier, but it’s all good. What attracts me to sterk now is not just the great taste or the awesome strength, but the quality of the tobacco they use. I was reading on their website today, through their terribly atrocious English translation, that they source their tobacco from the finest selections around the world. I believe it too. Skruf has a clean and smooth taste with a long lasting nic hit. They started like most of us wish we could do in life. Follow our dreams and start a small company doing what we love to do the most, and from that love, comes a commitment to quality and longevity.

Can Design

The can is unmistakably Skruf and a sharp marketing ploy on their behalf.  Early in modern snus
production days, most cans were either black or earth tones and by creating a solid white can, Skruf stood out from the crowd. The 4 dot strength indication is also present meaning STRONG! I'm starting to love this 4 dot system makes my mouth water and my heart palpitate just looking at it.

Delightful Smell

The smell is delightful. A rich tobacco with grapefruit tones and rose oil. A lot richer than most
bergamot scented snus, and I love that the tobacco comes through.  One of my favorite things in the world to do is smell cigars. I love to compare the mellow and the mild, the strong and rich, and I am happy when these qualities transfer over to snus, I truly appreciate quality and strength.
Skruf Xtra Strong White and Skruf Xtra Strong Slim Portions

Used To Be The Strongest Portions

Strength, yea, these portions have a whole bunch! They used to be the strongest portions on the market back in the day. Now of course they have several competitors. It’s almost like companies are in competition with each other, who can make the strongest palatable snus (and V2 is questionable, just kidding! I love you junkie V2!) :)  The exact Mg is not readily disclosed by Skruf, but in estimate its about 17-19mg per portion.  Rather high but not the strongest anymore. Surprisingly these portions don’t really have an effect on me as far as head spins or total snus inhalation, but I do notice that if I have a lot of strong portions at night I get very drowsy. I always thought tobacco was a stimulant, hmph…maybe I have ADHD or something, either that or my heart is giving out. :)

Strong Taste

Skruf Xtra Stark Snus Portion
The taste is rather strong for a white portion, i was pleasantly surprised.  If your into citrus and Turkish delight you will love these!  The flavor is long lasting, slightly salty and very invigorating! Skruf sure has their stuff together with the moisture content. Once again i can keep a portion in for a good hour with no drip. enough to keep the portion moist, but not enough to cause that horrible brown run down your throat..got to love that!  Im interested to try their regular extra sterk portions to get a comparison between the two, but im sure they are just as awesome.  Being a white portion i was concerned about dryness and unadequate flavor and nicotine absorption.  Lets just say that there is nothing left to be desired and the portions are still reasonably moist for a white variety. Ahh skruf, please dont become my new lover, you are too much of a pain in the ass to get from the Swedish factory all the time!

It's Everything You Want...

I would have these or any Skruf product again in a heartbeat. Its one of the very few snus's that has so many good things going for it.If you have ever sat and wondered...hmmm...I wish this snus had such and such, then give Skruf a try, I'm sure it's everything you want out of tobacco and more! The cost is also affordable and competitive with other decent and good quality snus.

Im really looking forward to what Skruf has in store for us in the near future....we will keep you posted! :)

Written By Sarah S



2.4.13

Skruf Slim Extra Strong Portion Review

Skruf Slim Extra Stark Portion

Swedish Snus Review

Out of all the snus cruise ship gifts this is the one that tantalized my extremities the most, finally,
Skruf Extra Strong Slim Portion
another long and strong portion to add to my regular usage collection. Yall know how I feel about long and strong. Its seems to be my motivation in life, to seek out the longest and strongest of them all ;)  To me, long portions just make more sense and the comfort and enjoyment factor is off the charts good! I am sorry to say that I have never tried Skruf before. I guess because it is not available to us American’s anymore and back in the day, I was too busy chasing highly flavored candy snus to stand up and take much notice, Shame on me! And now that I do truly appreciate strong and natural flavored snus it becomes unavailable. Isn’t that always the way? Happens all the time with my make-up brands!

Lucky for me I have good friends who can help a sister out, and in turn I can review the exlusive Nordic products so when you do get to try it, you know all the good stuff! J

Packaging

According to AB tobacco, the packaging of Skruf extra sterk slim is “really innovative, that fits into
all social situations, but distinguishes it from all other products on the market.” Haha ok.  I don’t see it being different from the new packaging that SM or odens has adopted, but I do like the new designs. 

Skruf Strength Indication System

Skruf now comes with a circle dot indication system on the side of the can, indicating the strength of
the tobacco. For example 2 dots is regular and 4 dots is extra strong. According to AB this provides easier strength detection to people who might be new to snus and unsure of the strength they are buying. Extra sterk slim had approximately 19 grams of nicotine per portion, which is remarkably strong snus and is marginally comparable with other strong snus on the market, for example: odens extreme, thunder RAW and Extra sterk Swedish Match products.

 

Bergamot and Rose Oil

The Smell of Skruf is similar to all bergamot scented snus but with a very important and enjoyable difference. Skruf adds rose oil to their tobacco which is wonderfully exotic. It adds almost a sweet floral undertone that once you smell through the bergamot you get a subtle warmth and difference in  character. I'm sure that if skruf was the snus that non snusers smelled first, they wouldn’t have the sudden urge to vomit and turn away in disgust. Even I made a point never to smell snus when I first started using. I would hold my breath and then breathe out through my nose to avoid accidental inhalation. Now I don’t care, and love to bury my nose in all things snus.

The Taste of Skruf

Thankfully the taste is very similar to the smell. I was so hoping this was going to be the case. I've
been craving a full bodied tasty portion for a while now. The bergamot is definitely there AND you can taste the subtlety of the rose oil!  This is such a treat, I wish more snus’s had flavored oil additives that didn’t stop and end with peppermint. I could so see a lavender or a rosemary or even a Frankincense. OMG, we could have a whole biblical herb collection! I soo need to have my own snus manufacturer, my wants and desires are endless!

Strength and Nicotine Level

Now back to the strength, Hmm a slight letdown.  For some reason it doesn’t seem that strong to me, I've done 2 portions in the last hour and then had to do a pris of loose. That never happened with odens or thunder but then again, I've been hitting the sterk portions hard lately so it could just be me and my current nicotine tolerance. No I definitely think Odens and thunder sterk are stronger, or maybe its the portion material on Skruf.  Its thicker then others on the market and the portions seem rather dry. Almost like a white portion but a little more moisture content. So if you want a quick nicotine hit go for a V2 product, and if you want a slow long delivery, forget about my need for instant gratification and try Skruf! :)

Written By Sarah S


29.3.13

White Bite 6mg Fresh Mint and Citrus Mint Review


White Bite

Tobacco Derived Nicotine Pouches 

Don’t we all just love new and exciting products!!! I know I do and I have the best job ever, getting the opportunity to try new things and review them all.  I have been hearing rumors from the snus king for a while now about a new portion that is also like a chewing gum! well almost. A snus that you chew and then place up in your lip and then chew again every time you want a little extra flavor and nicotine.

No Tobacco

I first tried this on Christmas day. The king and I were watching people hurt themselves on you tube and was nice enough to offer me a portion and explain to me how awesome and innovative these new products are. I am all about 'snus's that are targeted at wide audiences and are considered more of a food product then an oral tobacco, and as it turns out White Bite contains no tobacco at all! none! So really you can't call this product snus. The real name for it is Tobacco Derived Nicotine Pouches. I'm gonna call it snus anyway, it's easier for me that way.

Discreet Packaging

White bite comes in the same packaging as Northerner purified snus. A sleek oval sleeve with a top opening lid and an ever convenient used portion holder. The perfect size to put into a pocket or a purse and the discreet size is one of its appealing features. Its taken me a while to realize that not everybody likes a dirty big mouthful of los under their lip and a big tin in the pocket, I know, crazy right!

Super Strong For a 6mg

The product line is simple but effective. 2 flavors: Fresh Mint and Fresh Citrus Mint that come in either
1, 3 or 6mg's of nicotine... This i found interesting. As most of you know I am a strong snus user and simply do not like any weaker forms of snus as I don't get enough of a hit. The cans I got sent were both in 6mg and I thought that I would just have to use 2 portions to get the same effect as my usual snus varieties but NOOO, one 6mg was more then adequate. I didn't think this could be right so I waited an hour until I was totally hanging for a nice hit and once again, I put one 6 mg in and it did the trick! It totally curbed my cravings and left me satiated and satisfied. Another awesome fact is that when it is getting low on nicotine you take it down and give it a little chew and stick it back up again and its good as new. I also tested its durability and due to the fact that there is no tobacco drip you can keep a portion in for literally hours! Just be sure to take it out before bed unless you want a portion in your lungs ;)

Another consideration is that White Bite is quite economical. With one portion in for hours you can replace 3-4 portions of your regular snus making a 20 portion tin last a lot longer then normal, which is great for the one a day caners like me! it might last me 2-3 days for a change.

Tobacco Derived Nicotine

White Bite's main ingredient is tobacco derived Nicotine Bitartrate, the pure crystalline salt of
nicotine, so it's basically the equivalent to nicotine hash...no wonder it's so effective! Who needs that pesky tobacco stuff when you can get a direct line right into your gums. mmmmm! The nicotine also comes on a lot quicker then tobacco based oral products and acts almost instantly. I'm also curious to see how well the 1 and 3 mg portions work, i will ask snus girl to hook me up and I will get back to you on that one.

How To Use White Bite

Learning how to use the portions takes a little bit of work. I was so keen to try the first portion I bit into it like a kid on a chocolate cake and the bag split open in my mouth. The same thing happened with the second portion as I bit down on it with my sharp eye teeth. Third time is a charm and this time I got it. You use the dull molar teeth in the back to give it a few chomps and you are ready to go.  You will know because the portion gets moist, firm and has a gum like quality to it.

Flavors

I will break down the flavor and smell into each of the flavor varieties:

Fresh Mint: Tastes exactly like a menthol cigarette but with more of a minty burn to it. Nothing like any snus i have tasted before and can only compare the taste with menthol cigarettes and e-cig cartridges, for which White Bite tastes a whole lot better! I was also surprised by the level of burn this has, and it has one dont worry! It's not like thunder or anything but it is strong.  The smell is very mild compared to the taste but once it mixes with the saliva in your mouth the portion turns harder like chewing gum and the flavor just comes alive!

Fresh Citrus Mint: Ohhh this one is my favorite! It tastes just like a cross between a  Mojito and A Margarita cocktail...Its delicious! A little bit of sweetness, strong vibrant lemons and limes, an undertone of mint and a total fresh breath experience. I'm renaming this Margajito! I actually like the clean pure taste of these portions as they have no overpowering tobacco taste.  Dont get me wrong, i loves me some good tobacco, but sometimes it's just nice to have something pure and simple without the heaviness.


Discreet Mini Pouches

The pouches are mini's and are only 1/3 of the way full of white crystalline powder, but expand to full capacity when mixed in your mouth. The material is soft and once again they last a long ass time! I literally forget that these portions are in my mouth and have to make a conscious effort to remove them.

Snus With a Purpose

As with all snus it has to have a purpose for me and I have found the perfect use for them as gaming snus. I'm a huge fan of civilization v and and White Bite will be perfect for me to chew on while i play for hours at a time, kicking the butts of teenagers in Korea and the Netherlands and taking on total world domination.

All I need in this life of sin, is me and my snus, down to ride til the very end, it's me and my snus...

Try it, you will love it!

Written By Sarah S


27.3.13

Kapten White Portion Review


Kapten White Portion

Swedish Snus Review
Kapten White Portion Review
Ahhh what a lovely week at sea! A first cruise for all of us and the excitement wasn’t even stifled by the long check in and immigration process or the tight quarters on board the ship.  The prospect of time in Mexico and Catalina Island with friends had us all on a high and a quest for adventure.  Of course typical me, didn’t bring enough snus, but never fear Snus Girl is always prepared and came baring gifts.  These delightful specialties were brought over from the land of Vikings and Norsemen, and I felt very safe fairing the ocean with people from such a long seafaring tradition (and they did so much better than me who was sick on the first night!), there really is something to the concept of genetic predisposition. 


On the last day when my snus preserves where at an all-time low and we had a whole day at sea on the leg home, Snus Girl came to me with arms full of portioned snus. First came the challenge of taking photos, not an easy task when the waves were as high as a house, a grey sky and new bikini swimwear gone to waste with no hope of swimming on such a treacherous day.  We made the best of it and sat around drinking, laughing and trying all the different flavors from the European factories. (I’ll write reviews for them all I promise!)

Kapten snus is one I was really looking forward to trying. I ran around the ship frantically trying to
find the captain of the Carnival Inspiration to take a photo with him and the snus but alas, they keep him under lock and key.

Kapten White And Original PortionThe Can Design

Another product from AG snus, Kapten White portion stood out from the crowd with a bright white tin with rounded corners and a white and gold label which distinguishes it from its original portion relative. It also has a large used portion container on top which is a huge plus, especially when three people are using the same tin! Haha

Mmmm Bergamot

The smell is very similar to the original, but for some reason, is slightly spicier.  You still get the delicious Earl Grey that I love, (I even went to the store today and brought some earl grey tea so I could experience the total bergamot flavor invasion!)……. mmmmm Bergamot…..But you also get a spicier tobacco scent. I'm totally lost on where this comes from as far as the differences between the two, but it’s a nice variation that offers a different depth.
Kapten White Open Snus Tin

The Portions

The portions are quite large at 8mg regular strength, but unlike other brands, tuck nicely inside the upper lip with no visible overhang.  The material itself is also thick but has a silky texture to it. Quite bizarre to touch, they are slick, dry and smooth with a slight sticky feeling, especially when slightly squeezed. I call these my little cocoons.  A silky woven exterior with a grub inside, but instead of a grub its snus! Yay! I wish they felt as soft as silk on my gums, but due to the dry nature, are a little irritating.  I have to lick it before I stick it and then I am free to have an hour of non-irritating pleasure.  Another huge plus as mentioned before is the no drip factor!  I never thought I would find a snus that had no drip whatsoever and I am happy to say my search is over.  AG snus is where it’s at if you want something that is truly discreet, drip and spit free.

Kapten White And Original PortionsThe Taste

Now for the taste…ummmm……there is none! Nope, I can’t taste a thing, even when pressed with the tongue, all I can taste is a slight saltiness, but the flavor is just nonexistent.  I had to dip my portions into my cup of earl grey tea to get the flavor I longed for. Now to me this is not a good quality, but to others who are new to snus, or do not like the taste snus imparts on the mouth and nose cavity, then this is for you.  I will definitely be letting my friends who do not like the taste of snus try these.  Now they have nothing to complain about and have to quit smoking! Yeah!

My Opinion

AG snus provides a different snusing experience that is unlike any other brand, and you really have to try it to decide if its right for you or not.  To me as an experienced snuser, i feel like the products are unfinished.  Its like they are almost there in a lot of respects, but lack the final finishing touches that make some snus better then others and some enjoyable and others not. The good qualities of Kapten white outweigh the bad, but i like a snus full of strength and flavor, but i know others do not. So try it yourself and tell me what you think. I'll stick with the Kapten original, same great non drip benefits, but with some taste! :)

Written By Sarah S








26.3.13

Kapten Original Portion Review

Kapten Original Portion

Swedish Snus Review

I’ve been hearing rumors for weeks about this magical Kapten snus that has been sent straight over
Kapten Original Portion from the Warehouse in Sweden. This intrigued me for multiple reasons.

1. I think I've tried most snus available in the US market now,
2. I've always wanted to try more AG snus products,
3. I'm always up for new flavors and a different take on the snus market. I don’t know if it’s just pure curiosity or if I am really looking for a new favorite to add to my line up. I’m guessing it’s kind of both…life would be pretty boring without snus.

A Nautical Theme

I'm noticing a theme here with AG snus, a water based theme that’s adventurous and oceanic! First the Blue Ocean, with light blue portions and now a range of Kapten snus that is a total polar opposite in both flavor and texture, but still with the nautical theme. Turns out AG has many brands now including Blue Ocean, Kapten, Jagarpris, and INK (more reviews of those to come).

The first thing I love is the packaging. AG really knows how to run with their theme and I guess because of their limited brand supply, they can afford to be a little more creative then somebody like V2 who relies on sales volume and diversity of product line. The white tin is very striking and the blue and gold strip is instantly Navy.  I would love to say that the insignia on the label is a genuine Danish Naval officers ranking colors but alas its not. (I already checked it out! Lol) But its still cool anyway and on our boat trip it was the perfect accompaniment.

Kapten Original Open TinThe Smell of Kapten Original

The Smell is something so different from any other snus but yet similar in some ways.  To me it smells like a really strong, good quality Earl grey tea. Yup that’s exactly what it smells like.  My favorite drink at starbucks is an earl grey tea latte with vanilla (called a London Fog), and smelling this bring me right back. I remember hearing the story of Wallis Simpson and all she would eat was earl grey tea and crackers to keep her size 6 figure.  It didn’t work with me but I guess I was using vanilla syrup and cookies instead. Yea..no wonder! Lol


 

 

 

A Subtle Taste

The taste is very subtle.  All the bouquet of the bergamot is totally lost in the mouth and instead you are left with a salty ocean taste with a slight floral hint.  Not bad…not bad at all but definitely not the Wallis Simpson-earl grey punch I was looking for.

A No-Drip Portion

One thing I really love about these portions is that there is NO DRIP! I mean at all, even after an hour and a half, still nothing, and it’s not as if they are dry and harsh on the gums.  The portion material is very soft and comforting but its different from any other brand on the market. Its very thick, almost like a linen, with a slight moisture content that keeps the whole mouth environment dry and habitable.  This also seems to be a double edged sword.  Because of the thickness it takes a long time for nicotine absorption to happen and the taste is not as readily available like other portions.  There is always a compromise in life I guess. A runnier portion and thinner paper provide excellent taste and nicotine hit, but definitely don’t last as long.  If you are really hanging for nicotine this is not the portion for that, but if you have been topping up during the day and want something relaxing and comforting then Kapten is for you.

Average Nicotine Level

The nicotine level is a regular strength at 8mg. After doing nothing but Jakobssons strong and thunder frosted all week, I had to slowly wean myself off with weaker portions so I can appreciate regular strength snus again.

My Plan For Kapten

Kapten is not everybody's cup of earl grey tea (har har!) but some will appreciate its subtle flavors and longevity.  I already have a plan for it.  I will be doing a lot of air travel this year with trips to Canada. I will put my cans in the freezer now so i can enjoy Kapten awesomeness during long flights of intermittent sleep, where spicy tobacco drip is not optimal.
Kapten Original and White Portion Reviews
Kapten is available as both original and white portion. A review for the white portion will be up soon! yay for Kapten! :)

Written By Sarah S


13.3.13

Röda Lacket Loose Review

Roda Lacket Los

Röda Lacket Loose
Swedish Snus Review

Dear Röda Lacket,
You have been my best friend for many many years and I owe it to you and to everyone else to write a review so they can also be aware of your awesomeness!  At the beginning I didn’t even want you. I was on a desperate hunt for licorice flavored snus and somebody on the forums told me that you had lakrits characteristics. I ordered you in the Los, not knowing back then that there was even a difference between los and portions.  You arrived on my doorstep a week later, delivered by the cutest UPS man I have ever seen. I opened up the box and your shiny red jacket and gold top shone back at me, beckoning to be touched.

The shock on my face was quite recognizable as I opened you up and looked at your midnight black interior.  See you were only my second order, I had no idea what to expect or what our future together would bring.  I was looking for you in portions but you came to me loose and ready for fun.  To be honest I had no idea what to do with you. I delved my fingers into your tin to feel you, it was moist and sticky and you black immensity stuck to my palms like you were made of pure tar.  To begin with I was quite perturbed.


Smell Of Röda Lacket

Röda Lacket Loose Snus
Your smell was not what I had expected.  Soo rich in tobacco it’s like you were not even snus, but a concentrated extraction of nicotine that is so decedent that you took on qualities of fruit and berries.  Almost sweet rather than savory, but definitely not licorice.  I was originally very disappointed by that but once my disappointment wore off; I opened my mind to accept you for you and not what you aren’t.

Back then there was not a lot of licorice on the market like there is today.  You had your Catch, Offroad and limited edition V2 product and that was about it.  I really wanted to get into Swedish Match products as I had liked the others I had ordered from them so I wanted to try more in their range.

After complaining bitterly to the person who had once recommended you, I decided to give you a try.  Having no ice tool back then, it was up to me to handbake you into a pris.  Due to your luxuriously fine texture it only took a couple of goes before you transformed into a cylindrical wonder that fit perfectly in my mouth…and then wow! I had the honor of tasting you!

Taste of Röda Lacket

Röda Lacket and IceTool The first thing that hit me was your salt. Your not the saltiest on the market but you're definitely up there. I can also taste your sweetness and your most favorable quality a smooth mellow finish that is reminiscent of all fine goods. Just like an expensive cigar or scotch, you have the air of aristocratic humbleness that is both enjoyable and admirable. I love that you have the characteristics of the best of all snus, rolled into one small pris, and are yet mild enough to do continuously during the day. It is true that i am indeed hooked on you my friend, and use one can a day as unbelievable as that sounds! i just can never get enough! You are the king of all drugs, mild on my gums and heart, and sweet on my mind and palate.

There is no other snus on the market that i prefer, and no other that i can dip all day and not get sick of. If i was stuck on a deserted island you would be all that i need, much more fulfilling and reliable then a man and more comforting then 1000 goose down blankets cocooned around my body.  I can honestly say that without you i could not live. Your 8mg nicotine is more then enough to keep me satisfied and you are one of the few things i look forward having in my day.

I recommend you to all those who use snus, and even those who dont! In my opinion you will not find a snus that is more well rounded, that encompasses the personality of ALL snus and that imparts a sense of peace and wellness on you as much as Roda Lacket.  Your superior quality and tobacco aroma is hard to beat with any other brand. The grain is perfect, the taste is perfect and its smoothness makes me do a dance of appreciation.

All hail Roda Lacket!

I love you with all my heart and here's to many more years of happiness! xxx

Written By Sarah S



7.3.13

IceTool Review

Icetool Review

How To Use Your Icetool


Pink IceTool
My Loved and well used Ice Tool
If you are a loose dipper like me, you cannot live without an icetool!  Well you can but life is never the same once you get one.  I don’t know how my life would be now without it. It would probably involve stained fingers and hands and misshaped portions that hang down over my teeth, although after 5 years id probably be pretty good at packing.  Sometimes when I am really bored and in a diabolical mood, I practice doomsday drills for the “just in case of earthquake, tsunami, or building fire. “  The first thing I always reach for is my ice tool.  Kind of silly considering all the valuables in my apartment and my snus would be all burned up or missing, but that’s how important it is to me! Haha

Back in the day - Without an Icetool

I remember back in the day (barely but I do!), my first can of loose snus. I excitedly scooped up a large portion and rolled it together in my hands and formed what looked like a golf ball! It’s a dream come true for me these days, as in having lips big enough to account for the circumference of a wad of snus, but alas, it was unpractical and  I scoured youtube videos to find out how to hand bake.  My second and third attempts were not much better. It kept crumbling in my hands, the juice was getting all over me and I could not get the sizing right.  Finally I managed to get something that was manageable into my mouth and for the first time I felt like a real snuser!
IceTool & Loose Snus
As easy as step 1.....pack it down
I did this for a few cans and finally begged Snubie to have pity on me and give me an icetool.  They used to be crazy expensive!! Like im talking over $50.00 for a small piece of aluminum and I just couldn’t justify the price. After all that’s a lot of snus I could buy with that money.  He was kind enough to send me a blue one, but I always wanted a pink ice tool so as soon as I had some spare cash I got it in pink.

If You Want To Be My Boyfriend...

I use my ice tool all day every day and its well worth the money when you take into account how quick it is to use and there is no wastage.  I’ll even take it with me on trips. My trusty friend has been to Yellowstone and all over the southern states and far eastern seaboard.  I put all my snusing gear in a large Ziploc baggie for safe keeping (you definitely don’t want to lose it! and i always keep mine in the packaging) Its also a great conversation piece when people come over, it usually starts with “what the hell is that?!” lol thinking its some kind of drug paraphernalia, well…. I guess it is in a way.
I even show non-tobacco people how to use it.  If you want to be my boyfriend you have to be able to pack a decent portion to my size specifications in under 30 seconds. Not an easy task, but you won’t get to third base without it! And any rolling of the eyes or complaining is strictly forboden!

Choosing Your Icetool

Choosing an icetool is an important step.  First you have to pick a color (pink is the best of course ;), but they also come in shiny silver (which for some reason is the most expensive), brushed silver, green, blue, black, red, gold and champagne and then comes the sizing.  They come in 3ml, 4ml and 5ml. Remember the larger you get the bigger the portioned snus will be so I have always stuck with a 3ml and that seems to work fine for me, if you are a guy or have a larger mouth, then feel free to get bigger.

How To Clean Your Icetool

Pink IceTool and Loose Snus
Step 2... squeeze it tight
Ice tool’s require a little bit of maintenance to keep in tip top condition and need regular cleaning and oiling.  I have a system for this that only takes a few minutes. I pull the pieces apart and wipe all the tobacco reside off with paper towels, then squirt the inside and middle tampering component with butter flavored Pam.  I know right, I bet you are all laughing at me for using flavored cooking spray but NOBODY TELLS YOU!! Haha nobody tells you how to clean it and what to use. All the packaging says is: clean and oil regularly. Yea thanks for that guys! I would also like to do a video on how to clean Ice tools, if there is a demand for it :)
Let me tell you that I have used every edible lubricant known to man (remember it has to be edible because residue will end up in your mouth).  For me things like olive and liquid vegetable oils start to smell and leave a really sticky residue on my tool ;) so not attractive! Also the same with higher quality oils (jojoba and avocado).  I have found that Pam works the best and the butter flavor imparts a really nice mellowness to the first few portions after cleaning.

Choose The Right Snus For Your Icetool

Now when it comes to icetools (and especially hand baking), not all snus’s are created equal.  In my long and extensive journey I have found that the high grade fine grained Swedish Match products are the easiest and best (roda lacket, prima fint etc).  Pioneer is also great but due to its fine silky nature, it does tend to gum up the ice tool and requires it to be cleaned out more often. General , ettan, V2 and Odens los come in second and large grained snus like grov are the most difficult. You are walking a fine line between packing it tight enough to stay together but not too tight because as soon as it comes out of the icetool it falls apart. Haha so many times I have been so proud of packing a good size pris, only to have it fall apart in your hands and worse yet, your mouth!
Pris Formed With Icetool
And step 3! pop it out! yay!, now eat it up!

How To Use Your Icetool

Using an ice tool is easy and before long you will be able to do it blindfolded. All you do draw back the center tamper (there is a measurement gauge on the side cut into the metal but i dont really use it), and stamp the tool down to pack in the tobacco.  However many times you do this will depend on how long you want your pris.  Mine are usually pretty large these days and after a while you will eyeball how much you want.  Squeeze the icetool between your thumb and forefinger to pack the snus and press down to extract your perfectly formed pris! 

A Lot Cheaper

The great news is that northerner now has Ice tools for a lot cheaper then what they used to be! i nearly fell of my chair when i looked at what they cost now. $33.24!! amazing. i paid nearly double that for mine. Whoever buys an icetool now is LUCKY, and remember me, who paid nearly double that price.
Ice Ice baby!

Written By Sarah S