This year there have been a rash of WikiLeaks-style unofficial snus product information leaks. Some have appeared on Instagram but some are from inside sources. Swedish Match has suffered the worst and is yet to plug the internal leaker.
The upcoming launch of GR' Original Portion Snus, The LAB 22 and LAB 24 slim portion snuses with Zylitol, and Nick & Johnny Green Ice Slim portion are old news now although not yet on the market......
Swedish Snus manufacturer Gotlandssnus AB, makers of the Jakobssons, Gotlands, and Gotlandssnus brands of snus, suffered a defeat at the hands of the US FDA, a source in Sweden reported.
Gotlandssnus has been selling the Jakobsson's brand of snus over-the-counter in a limited number of US stores for the past two years.
Back in January of 2012, Gotlandssnus AB made a major change to their business plan. They expanded their Jakobssons Snus brand and changed the flavor profile to target the US market.
The new products featured unconventional (by Swedish standards) flavors and added sweeteners to appeal to Camel SNUS and other American-made "snus" customers. When it came to high nicotine melon flavored snus, Jakobsson's had the monopoly.
That changed in July of 2014 when Thunder Melon Extra Strong portion snus was released as a stand-alone product available by the can or roll. Formerly it was only available as part of a Thunder flavored snus Limited Edition.
Now it is time to compare Jakobssons Melon against Thunder Melon to determine who is the new Melon Snus King.
[Updated 3 Dec 2010] Gotlandssnus AB continues to expand it's Jakobsson's Snus line of American snus user targeted products. Jakobsson's Wintergreen Strong Portion Snus is joined this week by Jakobssons Mint Strong Portion Snus and Jakobssons Classic Strong Portion Snus. SnusCENTRAL.org was the first to reveal the coming of Jakobssons Mint and Classic Strong Portions back on August 31st 2010.
These three Jakobssons snuses share a few unique things in common. While the portions are still one gram in weight each, there are only 20 portions per can as opposed to the 24 to 26 portions per can the other Swedish Snus manufacturers market. Indeed, the non-American market designed Jakobsson's snus products; Ice Fruit and Classic, still retain 24 grams of snus per can as of today....at least according to the official Gotlandssnus graphic posted on their website as I write this. My current cans do say 20 though, and back in the day, all large portion Swedish Snuses came as 24 1 gr portions per can. A 20 gram original portion offering would have stood out and I have no memory of any special issues with Jakobsson's Ice Fruit. We may have a new snus-mystery on our hands.
Mystery aside, this makes the new Jakobsson's snuses less of a bargain compared to other Swedish snuses but still a better deal than American snus.
Merry Julesnus! Tis the holiday season once again and visions of Julesnus, or Christmas snus, dance in snuser's heads. This year, instead of just reviewing the Gotlandsnus Julesnus and Nordstrommen Julesnus offerings, I decided to look into the history of Julesnus.
Sweden has a long history of Christmas-themed cigars, cigarettes and pipe tobacco, so it would seem like a natural progression to extend that flavoring to snus. Surely in the last 200 years, someone had produced a Christmas snus; a tradition which was born again in the early 21st century. I was very surprised by what I discovered.
There is a legend surrounding Julesnus stemming from an incident in December 1836. It seems that Hedvig Unz and JF Ljungolf were attending the same Christmas party.
As was his habit, Unz became extremely drunk and began wildly gesturing with his mug of GLÖGG, the classic Swedish warm Christmas drink. His arm banged into that of Ljungolf and Unz's drink splashed into Ljungolf's open snuff box of Ettan snus.
Ljungolf was incensed and stormed out of the party. He never said if he had tasted the GLÖGG-soaked Ettan but since he never produced a Christmas Snus, it's safe to say he was not impressed if he had.
Unz was later found passed out in a snow drift and had no memory of the incident the next day. This is a common holiday occurrence within the snus-legendary Unz family to this day and also, as a bit of trivia, Per Andersson of JTI Sweden.
Swedish sources have confirmed the rumors are true concerning new snus from Gotlandssnus. Official sources in Sweden speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that Gotlandssnus will soon be releasing two new products under their Jakobsson's Snus line.
Jakobsson's Classic Strong Portion will be a high nicotine version of the popular Jakobsson's Classic Portion Snus. We can not confirm but suspect is that the new Classic Strong will contain 14mg/g of nicotine and the higher pH levels also used in Jakobsson's Wintergreen to boost free nicotine levels and provide faster absorption.
Jakobsson's Mint Portion Snus is alleged to have 9mg/g of nicotine. The taste profile will be patterned along the lines of General Large Mint Snus but will be an original portion as opposed to the white portion used in the General Large Mint Snus product.
Both new snus products will contain approx. 20 portions per can like the current Jakobsson's Wintergreen Strong Portion Snus.
Test cans are already available of both with public distribution scheduled at or prior to Week 45, according to our sources in Sweden. Both products are designed for the American market although the Classic Strong Portion may have viability in Norway. Like the USA, Norwegian snus users prefer strong and extra strong snus.
We will update this story as new information becomes available.
LARRY WATERS and the SnusCENTRAL Intelligence AgencyTelling you stuff we know and others don't
BREAKING SNUS NEWS....................
The SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency office in Stockholm just wired critical information concerning yesterday's rumors of an increase in the wholesale price of Swedish Snus. The source of the rumors had proven unreliable in the past so the snusing public both in the United States and abroad was taking in the information with a health dose of skepticism. Unfortunately the old adage about a broken clock showing the correct time twice a day turned out to be true: Price increases are coming and soon.
Hysteria has also been growing as to the the future availability (or lack thereof) of skruf Snus in the United States after June 22nd. We now have an answer. Combine all this with The Tobacco Control Act kicking in on snus and smokeless tobacco June 22nd 2010, The PACT Act kicking in on July 1st banning US postal delivery of all tobacco products (except cigars...for now), severe restrictions on delivery of tobacco products in general, the addition of sales and often insane State tobacco taxes... this is not a happy day for Real Snus users and those who want to be across America.
All the manufacturers are being somewhat tight-lipped at this point. While the SnusCIA has officially never been involved in water-boarding or other non-conventional forms of interrogation, they have already smuggled a small quantity of Marlboro Snus into Sweden. Since force-feeding Swedes American pseudo-snus is not specifically addressed by the Geneva Convention (yet), we hope to have more complete information in the days ahead.
Under a semi-cloud of secrecy, four new Swedish / Scandinavian Snus Products are will be available soon; hopefully pre-PACT so that Americans have a chance to try them. The offerings are from V2 Tobacco, Gotlandssnus, GN Tobacco, and Swedish Match.
When you talk to a snuser about nicotine and tobacco free snus products, the usual response is "Why"? That is certainly a valid question since almost all the people I know use Swedish Snus for the tobacco taste and most importantly, nicotine. My opinion changed slightly about a year ago when I fell in love with Extra Strong / Ekstra Sterk / Extra Stark high nicotine snus. I loved them and still do. I would use them constantly, especially late at night. If nothing else, I don't do things in half-way measures.
Now that 2009 is history, Christmas is over, and we love our Members, we've slashed our prices on all our Julesnus; portion and loose, to record prices! A great time to get enough freezer stock to hold you over until Christmas 2010! Check out these Specials...good through January 17th, 2010 (GMT).
The Great Julesnus Sale at SnusCentral.com
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