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General Kardus Fäviken 2016 is one of the most exciting Kardus special edition snuses ever issued; at least since my favorite Kardus Superior Edition 2009 was released.

General Kardus Fäviken 2016 is very special for a few reasons.  This year is the 150th Anniversary of General Snus, the world's largest selling brand of Swedish Snus. 

As such, this year's Kardus had to be not only unique, but an exquisite expression of the soul of Johan A Boman who created General Snus in 1866 as reinterpreted by a comparable genius in his own craft today.  This man is Chef Magnus Nilsson at Fäviken Magasinet.....

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Limited Edition Ettan Loose Snus and Grov Loose Snus back in their classic 1967 tins

What's Old is New Again (briefly): Ettan and Grov Loose Snus Cans circa 1967

Original STA tin can lid with certificate of authenticity 1967 was a good year for nuclear weapons and Swedish snus. China exploded their first hydrogen bomb, the MIRV ballistic missile; a single missile carrying multiple nuclear warheads, was developed, and the USSR and USA proposed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.

Dwarfing these trivial items in historic significance, the last government-owned Swedish tobacco monopoly, Svenska Tobaks AB (STA), introduced the round snus can with a metal lid.

Until then snus had been sold in plain brown cardboard packets. Svenska Tobaks AB added some color and created a different design for each type.

To put this achievement in perspective, in 1967 there was no EU, you would not be arrested for mailing snus from Sweden to any European country, and the pop group ABBA was still 5 years away from being formed! These truly were ancient times.

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:00

Icetool 3 ml Stainless Steel and Moe Unz

Earlier today, we reported that the 3 ml IceTool loose snus portioning tool had been discontinued by the manufacturer.  Stainless steel IceTools are now only available in 5 ml and the recently introduced 4 ml versions.  At the SnusCentral Snus Store, this caused some unnecessary confusion.  The SnusCIA has traced back the communications failure to (no surprise here) none other than Moe Unz; Manager of SnusCentral.com.

* UPDATE:  3:28 AM Stockholm Time: The President of Icetools has released the following statement: "Folks, we haven't discontinued 3 ml stainless steel Icetool and never will. It was the first we ever designed and people still likes it a lot. 3 ml ss Icetools were out of stock for awhile, but right now available as usual and there shouldn't be any Icetool chaos anywhere - and if there really is, the best way to handle it is to contact Icetool office, we'll fix it."

The SnusCIA is in an uproar over this.  What does this mean?  Could Moe Unz be smarter than everyone thought?  Why did he set up this bizarre plot?  What is he really hiding?  OR could this have been a set-up by the SnusCentral Snus Store staff to make Moe look bad?  Heads will roll over this, whatever the real story turns out to be.

Below is our original report.  Once we know what actually happened, the new Director of the SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency will be making a statement.  Who knew the alleged cover-up of a simple inventory error would grow into this giant SnusCENTRAL Scandal?   Grandma Unz is furious.  This story will continue.......

 

Snus Week 45:  Kardus Superior Blend 2009 and Nick & Johnny Black released!

Oh, Christmas time for Swedish Snus Lovers!  This week, Swedish Match has released Nick & Johnny Black Portion (finally) and the snus event of the year, Kardus Superior Blend Vintage 2009!

Poor Nick & Johnny Black will certainly lose the limelight to Kardus 2009 this week.  Fortunately for you, the SnusCIA received a sample of Nick and Johnny Strong Black Portion a few months ago and the First Look at Nick and Johnny Black has been immortalized in print for your reading pleasure.  Sorry to kick you off-stage now, Nick & Johnny:  I really did enjoy the Black and Nick & Johnny fans will too.   The news of this week, however is the release of Kardus Superior Blend; Vintage 2009.

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Our Snus Store at SnusCentral.com bought the LAST 50 ROLLS of the Nordströmmen Loose Special Edition!!!!!

The expiration dates are late July so we got a GREAT deal we're passing on to everybody.....

The Below genuine Special Editions are now only $14.84 While Supplies Last!!!!!!!!!  Buy a bunch and freeze them!!!!!

Four of the Five Flavors are BANNED under Kennedy/Waxman!

 

50 Rolls; $14.84 and they're GONE FOREVER!


Welcome fellow snus lovers!

I've been pacing around my office here in Snustopia trying to figure out which snus I should review for the first post here at SnusCENTRAL. I knew this review had to be memorable and, the snus needed to be one that has very little in the way of true taste descriptions. Then it hit me! 

In the various forums I've read, V2's Phantom Classic Blue has become almost controversial amongst snus lovers. From what I've read, this snus is on the top of the list of "Love it" or "Hate it" posts. There really is no detailed, unbiased taste reviews, just biased. That's the reason for Phantom Classic Blue being the first review.

The snus world needs an unbiased review of this snus so, without further ramblings from me, I give you, V2's Phantom Classic Blue!

 

Monday, 27 October 2008 20:31

VARIETY: Swedish Snus versus American Snus

Variety:

American Snus:: This section I'm going start with American Snus. Why? It's quick, simply and will highlight the significant philosophical difference between American snus manufacturers/tobacco companies and Swedish snus manufacturers. American snus only appeared in 2006. American Tobacco Companies have modeled their snus offerings on they way they marketed Cigarettes: Philip Morris USA's first snus offering, Taboka, came in regular and menthol. Taboka was test-marketed in Indianapolis and failed.

Today Marlboro snus is offered in Rich, Mild, Spice and Mint. Camel SNUS is offered in Original, Spice, and Frost...new flavors announced for 2009.   Skoal Snus, the latest as of this writing, is mixing it up a little, but with only three offerings: Citrus Blend, Mint, and Cinnamon. Triumph, marketed and flavor-designed by Lorillard but made for them in Sweden offers Original and Mint.

All American Snus's to date come in some kind of dry pouch, period. They only offer one weight in a pouch, period. Since all the American Snus manufacturers are still test marketing and none are available nationally (Klondike says they are national, but most people can't find them.  Camel SNUS is scheduled to nationally marketed 1st Quarter, 2009)  there are others out there, and they seem to be following the same model.

Swedish Snus: With it's over 200 year history, hundreds of family snus recipes, some long gone, some still here, and new ones being created all the time, both flavor variety and consumer convenience of use has had centuries to mature and variety is a important component of Swedish Snus.

For the sake of convenience, I'm going to use the current inventory of SnusCENTRAL.com, our store for Members and others to Buy Snus as an example. (What? Throwing in a Free Advertisement? Of course not....well maybe.)

When you Buy Snus from SnusCENTRAL.com, you will find over 109 unique flavors and varieties of Swedish Snus; growing all the time, from a host of manufacturers! Not just the 3 or 4 generic categories American Snus Manufacturers seem to think is all Americans need....or deserve.

Swedish Snus comes in not one form like American snus, but three primary forms: Loose, Portion, and White Portion. American Manufacturers (and I'm purposely not talking about the Swedish-Style American Manufacturers: they get their own FAQ) do not offer Loose Snus...just your choice of a few cans with different flavored pouches.

Loose snus is just that: snus in a can. The user, either by hand or with a tool, forms what's commonly called a pinch to the size of their liking and places it between the lip and gum. Many say there is a taste difference between Loose Snus and Snus that comes in pouches, which we're going to referring to as Portions when talking about Swedish Snus.

As to pouches, Swedish Snus is available in two types: the Original Portion pouch which is very similar in construction to a tea bag and the newer White Portion pouch.

  • The Original Portion is moist. The flavor will start "running" fairly quickly after you put it in your mouth. On average it lasts about an hour.
  • The White Portion is the same snus as the original but manufactured differently. The White Portion does not require re-moisturizing at the end of the manufacturing process, so it is white in color, much dryer than an original portion, will last longer..2 hours plus average but it takes a few minutes for the taste to start "running". White Portions are generally a little milder than Original Portions as the trade-off for lasting longer.
  • There is no "right or wrong" type of portion to use: it's all a matter of your personal taste. I currently use about 60% White Portion to 40% Original Portion depending on the brand and flavor of Swedish Snus I'm using.

QUESTION: Why do American snus manufacturers call the packets they put their snus product in "pouches" and the Swedish call them "portions"?

ANSWER: With American Manufacturers, you only get one choice on the amount of product that is in their pouch. The Swedish give you three portion sizes to choose from based on your personal preference: Mini, Regular, and Maxi. These names refer to the weight in grams of each pouch.

That's important to remember because Camel SNUS, by weight, would be considered a Mini. Yet by the way the constructed the pouch, it actually felt larger than a Swedish Regular Portion, to the point it where it was uncomfortable....at first; then the nicotine and sugar center of my brain over-rode that too.

In fact, with the exception of Triumph which is made for Lorillard in Sweden, all the American Manufactured snus pouches I've seen would be consider Mini Portions at best. Remember that when you read the FAQ on who gives you the most for your money, Swedish Snus or American Snus. Very, very important.

So when it comes to variety, both in flavors, brands, choice of how and how much snus to use, Swedish Snus gives you the widest possible selection for YOUR convenience. They don't try and force you into an A, B, or C choice of flavor and leave it at that.

 

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