04 May 2018

Small Batch #3 (Apple Mint) - Review. 4 May 2018.

The Small Batch series is a new series of snus launched by Swedish Match this year. Swedish Match describes the Small Batch line by saying, "We at Swedish Match have produced thousands of products over the course of a few hundred years. Our experts are experts in the correct sense of the word. But they have not been tired of developing new ideas. In order for them to get that opportunity - and for Swedish snusers to be able to share it all - we now launch a new range of products called Small Batch, where the flavor is replaced several times a year. Each flavor is produced in a small edition." Small Batch #1 had a flavor of champagne. Small Batch #2, my favorite of the series so far, had a taste of blood orange.  Now, Small Batch #2 has been released with a mint flavor!

The flavor description for this one says, "In this snus we have experimented with several mints to get a rounded character and then add fruity elements of green apple. The green elements of the mint act as an aroma and tasteful brew to the apple character, which in turn contributes to a sour and fruity tone. The mint also gives a cool sensation in the mouth." This snus comes in a 24 gram can with 24 portions, for 1 gram portions. They don't list the nicotine content, however.

When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is predominantly spearmint with a green apple hint in the background. The portions come in the Star Formation and are 1 gram each, so they're nice and plump and feel great in the lip. Being a mint product, you also get that familiar cooling sensation in the lip which is common of most mint products. The taste is very much like the aroma! The taste is a well balanced flavor of mildly sweet spearmint and fresh apple. As far as the nicotine goes, I'm not sure what the strength is, but it feels to be either regular strength or just a little stronger. The flavor lasts a good amount of time; I've found I can usually keep these in for up to an hour.

Okay, so now let me list my gripes with this snus. First, I enjoy mint snus, don't get me wrong. But, in my opinion, the Small Batch series is meant to be unique flavors that don't exist on the market. There is more than enough mint snus on the market. Not only that, but a few months ago Swedish Match already released an apple/mint flavored snus - G4 FU:ZN. That being said, this is a tasty snus and I enjoyed the flavor.  However, I hope the next two products released in the Small Batch series have a more unique flavor and aren't something we already have now.

If you like mint snus, this one is still worth a try.  It's available at the Swedish Match e-store for those of you in Sweden. Unfortunately, it's not available to the US for some reason.

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