General ONYX Strong Portion Snus: if you're looking for a great snus then this is the stuff to get! ONYX has been the flagship of the General Snus line since 2006 and it is quickly apparent why……
On December 21st, Swedish Match leaked the existence of 2009's ONYX Limited Edition: General Bullet Proof Edition. The name reflects the fact that the can itself is really bullet proof: able to stop a 9mm 9x19/39B or as some in America call them, Cop Killer bullets.
I'm not the first to write about the General Bullet Proof Edition and for a good reason: I wasn't convinced they actually existed. Among Swedish Match's many virtues, they have a devilish sense of humor. I just wasn't ready to jump in extolling the Bullet Proof Edition until I was certain it was real. In today's Swedish Snus Embassy Diplomatic Package, that confirmation arrived in the form of a real can of General Bullet Proof.
I am not a huge fan of the holiday season. The shopping, the expectations, the bad food,the family members that I tolerate once a year just to keep Grams happy. I have never really been into Christmas, except when my kids were little. The look of joy on my eldest's face when she unwrapped a toy vacuum cleaner at the tender age of 2 was priceless. She played with that thing more than the, shall not be named, expensive, giggling puppet she got that same year. I don't put up lights on my house.I don't wear goofy sweatshirts with festive motif's. I have been known to wear a used bow on Christmas day, but only under protest.
This has been a tough year at the Hellwig household. Medical issues, job problems, car problems, teenagers... all conspire to make me forget what "The Holidays" are all about. Leaving aside any religious connotations, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are about our loved ones. Up until about a week ago there were going to be no presents under the tree for anyone in my family. The last week of November my car died, to the extent of needing a new engine. It was cheaper to junk it and buy a beater to get us through, well the beater needed more repairs than I thought. There goes the Christmas fund, snus and snuff fund and a few other meaningless funds. Back to Bah! Humbug!
The US government tells us that snus "is not a safe alternative to cigarettes." It is. Most definitely.
Then they say that snus "may cause mouth cancer." When has it before? Statistically speaking, never.
Then, we hear that snus "may cause gum disease and tooth loss." So may thousands of over-sugared products on the market today. Maybe overly sweet US snus does as well. Because of added sugar. Not Swedish snus.
US Tobacco companies, forced to place lame but accurate warnings on cigarette packs these past three decades, are now forced to lie about their snus products right on the label. The Swedes and the Norwegians removed the "cancer" warnings from snus several years ago when they realized no one was getting cancer from the product. They mention in their warnings that the product is addictive. It is. Most definitely. But the American government doesn't mandate that snus show that little fact.
The Road Trip to Sweden Series: June 2009, chronicles Larry Waters' diplomatic mission to Stockholm and Gothenburg Sweden. Swedish Match AB "suggested" we come visit them concerning the Joakim/Markus in "alleged" captivity issue and some other things. SnusCENTRAL in Sweden: it wasn't like the old Danish invasions of centuries past, but comes pretty close!
June 11 & 12, 2009: When you want to intimidate the people you are negotiating with, what better way than a show of force? The old Soviet Union had their May Day parade; a seemingly endless line of tanks, troops, ballistic missiles, and the like. China does the same thing to this day in Tienanmen Square each year. The Nuclear Freeze proponents of the 1970's and 1980's were sure intimidated. Ronald Reagan wasn't, but that's another story for another website.
When I arrived at Landvetter Airport, Swedish Match plain clothed security personnel escorted us into an armoured limousine for the 30 minute drive to the Swedish Match Gothenburg Snus Factory. Before we had a chance to sit down and discuss the Joakim/Markus situation, Jens Karlsson took us on a tour of the Gothenburg Snus Factory. Jens was the lead negotiator for Swedish Match AB.
The following day, we were back in our armoured limo and off to the new snus factory in Kungälv. The details of both tours along with many more pictures from our secret Spy Shop pen-cameras will follow in later articles. There is so much to tell and so many highlights that one article can't hold them all....at least without giving you severe eyestrain.
The title of this article is Four Million Cans of Swedish Snus...Swedish Match snus to be precise. These were the heavy tanks of Jen's Swedish Match show of force. It was very effective.
The Road Trip to Sweden Series: June 2009, chronicals Larry Waters' diplomatic mission to Stockholm and Kungälv, Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish Match AB "suggested" we come visit them concerning the Joakim/Markus in "alleged" captivity issue and some other things. SnusCENTRAL in Sweden: it wasn't like the old Danish invasions of centuries past, but comes pretty close!
June 10th: As I’ve alluded to earlier on Twitter, our trip to Sweden thus far has been fraught with intrigue and geo-political maneuvering.
This month I have some some re-reviews as well as new snus reviews and some interesting news and shopping tidbits to share with you.
I'm working on a truly awesome snus project and it's taking most of my time. Thus the slowdown in new posts. Believe me, it will be worth it! Just hang in there............
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