Hop(e) and Glory White Portion

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:12:51 AM Europe/Warsaw


Hop(e) and Glory White Portion Snus by Conny Andersson.

On opening the can you are greeted by a lovely sweet citrus aroma with some flowery hints. The portions themselves are dry even for a white portion snus, but that didn't bother me one bit. And when you first place one under your lip there is a lovely citrus flavor which is quite fruity and slightly flowery, and tastes great after a little while the flavor starts changing to a more herbal and IPA oriented flavor. Which is great you don't get a strong tobacco taste with this one at all. Overall the flavor of this snus is very gentle and long lasting and I found lasts for about an hour plus, and you don't get a noticeable drop until about 50 minutes in.

This snus would be a great snus for someone who hasn't used snus before or is still fairly new to snus.

I'm absolutely in love with it and will be making a very often appearance under my lip.

9/10

Comments | Posted By Matt M.

Thunder Pepparkaka

Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:56:00 AM Europe/Warsaw


Hej all,

Here is a little review for you all about what I feel is the best snus for this holiday period. Thunder Pepparkaka.

The can has a nice touch of holiday spirit about it, and now also has a bigger disposal area than before after Thunder redesigned there cans. A great idea in my opinion.

On opening the can you are instantly greeted by the lovely smell of Pepparkaka* and Christmas which instantly gets you feeling festive and warm inside.

When you put that first portion under your lip you are instantly transported from where ever you are to a lovely festive place that reminded me of my childhood in the kitchen baking Pepparkaka and other festive goodies with my mom.

The taste is beautiful and very much like Pepparkaka and Christmas, but it's not overpowering at all. After about 5 minutes you start to get some very subtle tobacco hints coming through which complements the other flavors beautifully. I find that this snus has a great long lasting flavor and still tastes great even after an hour. And takes about just as long before there is a big drop coming from the portion.

This is definitely going to be making a lot of appearances under my lip this holiday period and I highly recommend that you get some to try!

Easily a 9/10

*(which in case your wondering is a Swedish gingerbread cookie eaten around the holiday period)

Happy holidays to all

Matt M.

Comments | Posted By Matt M.

Offroad X

Friday, November 18, 2016 9:18:43 AM Europe/Warsaw


We're very happy that Chad from snubie.com took the time to write a guest review for us! Read here what he thinks about the strongest Offroad snus ever made:

The new Offroad Xtreme: Arctic Xplorer has arrived!

When I received my cans of this on a recent order I found myself both excited and terrified. If you’ve read Snubie.com long, you know that I’m not the biggest fan of strong snus. I use a few portions a day after meals, but that’s about the extent of it! But, for 7 years I’ve been reviewing snus and even though this one isn’t something I would use regularly, I know there are a lot of high nicotine enthusiasts out there - so this review is for you! The flavor description describes this snus as “an extremely strong snus with a powerful long-lasting flavor of mint and menthol. Offroad X is the strongest Offroad ever made. This snus has a regular sized white pouch.” It took me about a week to get through enough of this to write a review, and needless to say - it is strong! But more on that later.


When you open the can, a very sharp aroma of mint jumps out and assaults your nasal cavities. It is a strong smell. The smell seems to be erring on the side of peppermint. Offroad Arctic Xplorer is another V2 Product to embrace the white dry format. If you’re new to snus and are asking, “What is a white dry portion?”, I’ve got you covered. A white dry pouch is basically a snus portion with less moisture. When it comes to White Dry portions, the pouch has less moisture and will last much longer. I’ve had them last up to 2 hours before, which is quite impressive if you’re a cost conscious snuser! Also, in places where snus is taxed higher by weight, less moisture means less weight and less tax! So there are benefits to the white dry format.

Now, for the flavor portion of this review, I’ll be honest. Usually when I review a product I try to keep it in for as long as possible to get the full flavor experience. With these, I’m able to reach about the 20 minute mark before the nicotine becomes so overwhelming that I have to remove the pouch. That being said, I’m not a strong snus guy! But, I was able to capture as much of the flavor as possible for my review. I noticed the taste to be a sharp mint flavor. It is more on the side of peppermint than spearmint. To compare it to their Cool Mint line, this flavor wasn’t as sweet, smooth, or mellow as Cool Mint - I found it to be a very sharp peppermint flavor. I noticed a mild tobacco character in the background that came out the longer I had the pouch in.

So, if you’re a snuser who enjoys strong snus - give this one a try. It has a great can design, a nice flavor and a very strong nicotine kick. Lovers of high nicotine, rejoice! You may have a new snus in your lineup.

0 Comments | Posted By Nadine

Epok Ice Cool Mint

Monday, November 7, 2016 8:28:00 AM Europe/Warsaw


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 mild, but evident. Nice and well-rounded.

Overall, this Epok Ice Cool snus is mild 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.

Cheers

Comments | Posted By Nadine

Pöschls Gletscherprise Nasal Snuff

Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:22:23 AM Europe/Warsaw


The paradox of snuff is its extreme simplicity clouded in an enigmatic, almost mythical aura. It has existed on the fringes for centuries, widely available and at times very fashionable, and yet many have a sceptical aversion to dabbling with the dark stuff. Perhaps the act of sniffing is seen as too base an action, too crude and awkward to enjoy compared with other choices, but snuff has long been a pioneer in the smokeless alternative market and I, my friends, am digging it.

The presentation and packaging has it all - mountain peaks and the silhouette of some gent, casually taking a pinch; the case also presenting the first-timer with the pleasant conundrum of finding your way in. It's not difficult really, just a little parlour puzzle, which I'm not going to spoil here. Tapping out a dose is a nice little ritual, slow and rhythmic, whilst a very smooth and soothing menthol aroma emanates and envelops...Oh yes, I must make you aware of one strange side effect. You may find yourself behaving and communicating like a Victorian aristocrat when enjoying or writing about snuff. I'll try to return to my 21st century self.

I'm sure there are plenty of techniques for getting your dose up your nostril, I recommend from the back of the hand. One not-too-violent inhalation and you're off on a little sense journey - the menthol rising to the back of the nose, whilst the kick of the snuff comes on more like a slow hug. Having tried snuff before, I was waiting for a bit of a burn and a massive sneezing fit. Not here though, not on Herr Pöschl's Menthol Glacier. Here, the snuff is very, very clean and mild on the nasal cavity with plenty of rounded flavour/aroma to enjoy for a few minutes or so. Being menthol, however, means it may not be the snuff to enjoy with a glass of fine Cognac whilst playing billiards with your chums.

What Pöschl's Menthol Snuff does provide is a refreshing, almost stimulating experience, which feels much more a pleasure than simply addressing a physical craving. The enigma and rituals aside, this product is a contemporary and bright option to be enjoyed and shared - the only danger being you may start wearing tweed clothing, trying to order horse drawn cabs and drinking port after dinner.

Comments | Posted By Nadine

Göteborgs Rapé Lingon White Large

Monday, October 31, 2016 9:46:54 AM Europe/Warsaw


Hej guys,

So one of the things I really like about all the snuses made by Göteborgs rapé is the presentation of the snus inside the can.

On opening the can you can smell that lovely lingonberry smell straight away followed up by a light lemon smell with some floral hints. The smell makes me hungry and reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen.

This snus tastes as good as it smells, upon putting it under your lip you can instantly taste the lingonberry followed by some lemon notes and then that great Göteborgs original tobacco and herbal flavor. However, this snus also has a sweetness to it which can be quite nice.

This snus really stands apart from the others and is well worth trying.

8/10

Matt

Comments | Posted By Matt M.

Nick & Johnny Strong Portion

Friday, October 21, 2016 9:32:16 AM Europe/Warsaw


To me, Nick & Johnny has always been a reliable source for great snus. No-nonsense, quality tobacco. This is a pretty plain-jane product from Nick & Johnny, not sporting any special flavours or extreme strength, but don't stop reading yet. I can confidently say this is one of my favorite snuses. I used a few portions and was extremely pleased, but decided to wait to review this product until I got through the whole tin, to make sure my initial impressions were not premature.

This is a large-sized portion, and I found that it needs a little bit of fluffing to prep it for my lip. It's not hard by any means, it just comes packed in pouches that are a little packed more to one side. Once you fluff it, its good to go.

Upon opening the tin, I'm hit with a slightly spicy, strong tobacco aroma. It is not overpowering, but the best way I can describe it is being very rich. It reminds me of taking a whiff of a nice Dominican cigar. The portion is pretty dry for a non-white portion. It is obvious that it isn't white, I'm just saying that it doesn't have as much drip as others. I quite enjoy it, as I get a bit more flavor than my normal white portions, without a lot of drip. On to the flavor. The rich tobacco I spoke of in the aroma directly carries over to the flavor. It has a very full bodied tobacco taste, with hints of pepper. It also has a nice lime character that becomes more prominent as time goes on.

This Nick & Johnny is labelled as a strong portion at 3 out of 4 for strength. It has a great nicotine hit that doesn't knock you off your feet. I could use it all day. If you are into beer, as I am very much, I would pair this snus with a Porter or Stout. The rich tobacco would mingle well with the roasty and chocolatey characteristics of those beer styles. Another perfect match would be a Belgian Dubbel beer.

Overall, a very good offering from Nick & Johnny, that I will be sure to use again. Keep yourself tuned into the Snus Squad reviews here at Northerner - I will be sure to start offering my beer pairing opinions to everything else I review.

Cheers!

Matt

Comments | Posted By Matt

Thunder Snus vs. Thunder Chew

Monday, October 17, 2016 3:00:54 PM Europe/Warsaw


Thunder Extra Strong Portion vs. Thunder Extra Strong Chew Bags

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.

Comments | Posted By Nadine

Skruf Slim Mynta White

Monday, October 17, 2016 8:41:49 AM Europe/Warsaw


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!

Cheers

Matt

Comments | Posted By Nadine

Jakobssons Melon Strong

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:48:21 AM Europe/Warsaw


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.

Comments | Posted By Nadine

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