Skoal has introduced a new "snus" in 2011. The two flavors are Mint and Smooth Mint. I opened the Mint and the first impression is, these things are huge. Much larger than Camel SNUS portions. [Editor's Note: Skoal Snus pouchs are large but only contain 1.1 grams/snus per pouch as compared to 1 gram for the General Original Portion. Each can of Skoal Snus contains 15 pouches.] Here's the pouch size compared to General Original Portion:
The portion is uncomfortably large. In the can it smells very strongly of mint. Almost a candy mint. Not a good sign.It's a very dry portion also. I've had it in for about 20 minutes and the taste isn't too bad. Not as sweet as Camel, but still a lot sweeter than even General Mint. As far as nicotine content, I'm not sure how much is in here, but I don't think it's anywhere close to General. Probably closer to Camel's level.Kind of tastes like if you took a mint snus and added some molasses. A lot of molasses.If I had to say, this comes closer to Swedish snus than Camel or Marlboro, but it's still a long ways off. I'll let you know how the other Mint flavor tastes when I try it tomorrow. Though I can tell you in the can it smells like gum. Again, not a good sign.I tried the Skoal Snus Smooth Mint and it's definitely my least favorite of the two. It smells exactly like Wrigley's Spearmint gum. This one, like the Mint flavor, has an overwhelmingly sweet taste. Though unlike the Camel, the flavor did seem to last longer.
I would recommend the Skoal Snus over Camel but that's not exactly a compliment. American snus still has a long way to go. Luckily, we don't have to wait on them to catch up. We can just keep using our REAL Swedish snus and be happy. :D
Submitted by Harv Wagner, Proud Member of SnusCENTRAL.org.
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