14 April 2018

Skruf Skraw (Xtra Strong) Fresh & Original - Chew Bags. Review. 14 April 2018.

I'm a little late with this review; these products actually launched in September of last year, but I haven't been able to find them. Northerner.com just started selling them, so I had a friend grab me some for review. This is an exciting release, because it is another company getting into the chew bag category! With it not seeming likely that the EU Snus Ban will be overturned, these chew bags are a great alternative for those in the EU who can't get snus. I'm not going to go too much into detail with this discussion, but if you want to learn the difference between Swedish Snus and Nordic Chew/Chewing Tobacco/Chew Bags, you can check out this video I made.

With this release, virtually every company is making chew bag products now, except Nordic Snus AB. AG Snus makes Ink Chew Bags, Blue Ocean and Jagarpris Tobacco Cuts, Malmö Kardus, and U-Sample Chew Bags. Fiedler and Lundgren makes Granit Chew Bags and Lundgren's X-Strong. I've reviewed GN Tobacco's Alika Chew Bags, Alika Chewing Tobacco, and Islay Whisky Chewing Tobacco. Gotlandssnus makes Jakobsson's Chew Bags. Swedish Match offers General Cut Chew Bags and Göteborgs Rapé Chew Bags. V2 Tobacco has an impressive portfolio, offering Al Capone Chew Bags, Thunder Chew Bags, and Thunder Chew Los.

Skruf Skraw (Xtra Strong) Fresh White

The flavor description for this product says, "Skraw Fresh White Xtra Strong has a full bodied tobacco taste with a distinct note of mint.” This product comes in a 17.6 gram can with 22 portions for 0.8 gram portions. The nicotine content is listed as “4/5”. Other products at this level in the Skruf range are usually around 19mg/g (1.9%), so if that’s the case it would be 15.2mg/portion.

Review:
This product reminds me a lot of Skruf Slim Fresh Xtra Stark White, but a little more mild. When you open the can, the aroma is a mix of peppermint and menthol. When you put a portion in you’ll notice the familiar cooling presence that comes with a mint product. The portions are very comfortable in the lip, probably the most comfortable chew bags I’ve reviewed yet. The taste is a mild mix of menthol and peppermint with a touch of sweetness. It’s a mild taste, and not too over the top with the sweetness. The nicotine kick is solid, and feels just shy of the extra strong level. The flavor lasts a good amount of time; I’ve generally been able to keep these in for a little over an hour!

Skruf Skraw (Xtra Strong) Original White

The flavor description for this product says, “Skraw White Xtra Strong has a full bodied tobacco taste."  This product comes in a 17.6 gram can with 22 portions for 0.8 gram portions. The nicotine content is listed as “4/5”. Other products at this level in the Skruf range are usually around 19mg/g (1.9%), so if that’s the case it would be 15.2mg/portion.

Review:
This product reminds me of Knox Stark White, but a little stronger in nicotine and more mild in taste. When you open the can, the aroma that comes through is a slightly sweet smell of citrus with a mild hint of tobacco. The portions are also very soft in the lip and quite comfortable, more comfortable than most chew bags I’ve had in the past. The taste is a mellow taste of citrus. It’s less sour than most bergamot flavored products, and has a light touch of sweetness. There’s a gentle tobacco taste in the background, as well. I don’t encounter much pepper in the background, either. The nicotine feels just a little shy of the extra strong level. The flavor lasts a good amount of time; I generally can keep these in for a little over an hour!

If you can't get snus, but can get chew bags, these are definitely worth a try.  They're very tasty products, and amongst the best on the market in terms of quality.

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