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A strange thing happened to me while I was sitting on the Oval chair in my office in the SnusCENTRAL Bunker. As you all know, Larry had graciously set up an office of the Snustopian Consulate in the famed, and and plausably denied by the SnusCIA, SnusCENTRAL bunker which I think is very nice of him.
Not to complain, but I really get alot of people asking me if this is the "Water Closet" or "Loo". I tell them that "No, this is the Office of the Snustopian Consulate" and .....well.....to make a long story short, the brass plaque on the door that reads "MENS" stands for "Main Entrance for New Snustopians"! Anyway, I'm off track. Lets talk snus.
I received a mysterious white bubble envelope with the only markings on it reading "Your wish has been fulfilled! M-U" When I opened the package, I was extremely excited to see four cans of what looked to be the Thunder Mint snus collection and Thunder Raw Ultra Strong snus.
After looking more closely, I saw that they were White Portion versions of the most popular Thunder snus flavors available! So, today I've decided to give you an overview of what Marc and Patrick at V2 Tobacco have created!
As I sit here in my office at the lavishly decorated Snustopian Embassy here at SnusCENTRAL; well, actually it’s the WC in Larry’s office and by lavishly decorated I mean there’s little soaps shaped like Moe UNZ’s head and a few clean towels, trying to decide on which snus we should review this week.
I found an old can of Granit Maxi portion in my desk from about 2 years ago. I asked Larry if F&L still made this snus and, to my surprise, they do but he also told me that Granit came out with a Strong White portion just before I came back to SnusCENTRAL and wondered if I would like to review it.
Since I really do like White portion snus and it’s been a long time since I’ve had Granit, I said “Brilliant! I was looking for something new to review here and I think that’s the one!” After a long reviewing process and quite a few cans of Granit Stark White, I think we can now start our review of Granit Stark White portion by Fiedler & Lundgren.
Greetings Snus Lovers!
It’s great to be back here at SnusCENTRAL again after almost 3 years. While it had been quite some time since I had seen by beloved Snustopia last time, I must admit that I missed the gang here at Snus CENTRAL during my hiatus. I even missed Moe UNZ and was both surprised and elated when I saw him at Snustopia International Airport last weekend. I guess Larry had told Moe to go get the Snustopian from the airport and Moe took that as come to Snustopia and get me in the airport!
Once we got here and in the bunker, Larry was ecstatic to see me again and furious at Moe for not understanding his orders but, unbeknown to Larry, I was glad to have the company on the flight back! Moe really knows his stuff when it comes to running the store and it was his request that the first snus review I write when I get back to the bunker should be on Taboca White Extra Strong portion.
That and it was the only snus he had on him for the trip so, let’s get started with our first review of 2012, Taboca White Extra Strong portion snus!
Odens Extreme Swedish Snus series was the first snus to break the 20mg/gram nicotine content barrier; taking snus users from Extra Strong to Ultra Strong. As of this writing, the Extreme snus series by GN Tobacco (GNT) reigns as the highest nicotine Swedish snus available at 22mg nicotine per gram of snus.
I haven't discussed Odens Extreme except in passing until now for a few reasons. While high nicotine snus is very popular in Norway and the United States, EXTREME seemed more a novelty more than a trend. While the number of Strong and Extra Strong snus offerings has continued to grow across the market, GNT had remained a solo player in the Ultra Strong snus arena.
Two years ago, I came across a company called Viking Snus based in Thailand and founded by Göran Andersson, a Swedish expatriate. It turned out Viking Snus was only available in Thailand and Mr. Andersson's English was little better than my Swedish at the time. After another attempt to figure out why snus was being made in Thailand, I gave up. I only write about things which interest me and a snus I could never taste or figure out was not interesting.
Once again, our friends over at Icetool have heeded our call and come out with yet another awesome snus product!I present to you the Icetool Lid Box for Portion Snus Can. Like the newly released Icetool Slim Box for Portion Snus Can, the Icetool Lid Box Series is made from a single piece of aluminum for maximum strength and durability.
The difference between the Icetool Lid Box and Slim Box series is a catch lid; the Icetool Slim Box series doesn't have one but is also slightly thinner than the Icetool Lid Box series.First off, The fit and finish of this can is impeccable! From top to bottom it is just sleek and stylish. This is something that I have grown to expect from Icetool over the years, and once again, I was not disappointed.
Hello ladies and gents. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a column here at SC, but we’ve been busy as sin trying to get the new issue of the Ephemeris up and running. I’m putting the finishing touches on it now, but I wanted to take a few minutes to comment on some of the new snus that has come out since my last column. I know that I normally don’t do reviews or anything, but I just had to get some of this off my chest.
First: the good. Jägarpris from AG Snus is the first new snus since Lucky Strike Bold to really make me excited. The portions are super comfortable, ultra-wet and have a cool pseudo-threaded design at the seam. The container is really comfortable sitting in your back pocket and the label is simple and classy.
The flavor of Jägarpris may be a touchy subject for some of you. I’m one of the three guys in the world that liked Level snus, which was sadly discontinued some time back. Level has a bad rep on most of the snus forums, but I could never understand why. It was reminiscent of General’s traditional bergamot, salt and citrus flavor, but the citrus was tweaked just a tiny bit and the salt & pepper spiciness was way more in-your-face than General. It never got bitter on me, even if I had it in for an hour. Best of all, Level was 2.49 a can when most name brand snus was 3.39 a tin. About the only thing I didn’t like about Level was that it didn’t feature a catch lid, which really didn’t matter much to me anyway.
First off I have to apologize for the long absence from this column. Being an internationally famous author and magazine publishing magnet has been consuming more of my time than I originally intended. The fan mail responses, fancy dinners with important people in the world of smokeless tobacco, hobnobbing with the beautiful people and trying to keep the mail room clerks out of the Executive Washroom is beginning to feel like a part time job. I may have to hire an assistant to keep my Icetools and pipes loaded, just to save time.
As one of the seemingly few fans of Tre Ankare snus when I read the early reports of Click snus as having a similar herbal flavor I was immediately intrigued. Unfortunately in my circle of acquaintances, none of them with access to Click used Tre Ankare, or had used it recently enough to offer a comparison. Fortunately, Snus Lord Larry Waters kindly supplied me with two cans of each to do my own research.
[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.
Gajane AB, the company who created and owns the Odens Snus brand name, made the decision in 2010 to switch production of new products from the current manufacturer to GN Tobacco Sweden, AB. Gajane owns GN Tobacco which is manufactured at the factory formerly belonging to the now-bankrupt and very forgettable snus maker Snus AB.
Oden's Snus entered the market not with a whimper, but with a roar. In 2008, there was an explosion of high nicotine 'Strong' snus from almost all manufacturers in Sweden and Scandinavia. Known today as Sterk, Stark, Strong, Ekstra Sterk, Extra Strong and Xtra Stark, these products were launched not so much for Swedish consumers, but as a result of snus consumer focus groups in Norway. Norwegians liked nicotine and wanted more of it in their snus. So did snusers in Scandinavian counties were snus is banned. So did many American snusers.
During the second half of 2008, snus manufacturers were competing for the bragging rights for having the highest nicotine snus on the market. That crown seemed to change hands every few months. Ah, those were heady times!
As Christmas rolled around, V2 Tobacco was the reigning king of nicotine with 16mg/g nicotine in their hugely popular Thunder Snus brand. Suddenly, in early 2009 and surrounded in mystery, a new brand appeared called Odens Snus. It was distributed by a company called Gajane but no one knew who made the actual snus at the time.
Rare limited editions designed to showcase the finest ideal version of a product exists in many markets. Impossible to mass-produce or to even be profitable, these products are lovingly made Best in Show releases where the only limits are in the mind of the designers. In the world of Swedish snus, we have Kardus Superior Blend Snus by Swedish Match. Since 2005, Kardus has represented the shining example of the finest snus in the world. A mere 500 boxes of Kardus Superior Blend are produced each year, traditionally released in November.
Reading the story of each year's Kardus is more fascinating year after year. Conny Andersson, the man at Swedish Match entrusted with creating Kardus (among a lot of other things) seems determined to out-do himself with each Kardus release. No detail is too small...even the box must carry the theme for each Kardus release. This year, it took Swedish Match 16 pages to deliver the full Kardus 2010 Story. Granted they are small pages but 16 still sounds like a lot. The story is fascinating and a good number of the pages are pictures, making it a quick read as well. The Kardus 2010 Story also saves me from having to repeat much of it here which earns Swedish Match my gratitude....probably yours too.
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