Introduced just recently by Gotlandssnus AB, Cruiser Chew Classic is part of a new product line alongside Chew Melon (reviewed here!). Cruiser Chew belongs to a category of tobacco known as ‘Nordic Chew’, a Swedish reinterpretation of classic American chewing tobacco. Unlike traditional chewing tobacco (which is fire cured), Cruiser Chew is pasteurized (eliminating the need for spitting), and it comes in a portion format similar to snus. Each can of Cruiser Chew Classic comes with 20 regular size portions for a total of 16 grams of chew per can. At the time of writing Cruiser Chew Classic is available exclusively at our online store.
As soon as I opened my can of Classic, the first thing that hit me was a strong aroma of fresh tobacco along with subtle undertones of bergamot and possibly lemon. Once I placed a portion in my mouth, I soon began to notice an interesting taste of earthy tobacco which was complimented by just a hint of the bergamot that I smelled earlier. As time passed, the bergamot flavor slowly began to fade and was replaced by a taste of spicy tobacco which became increasingly salty until I removed my portions around the fifty minute mark.
The portion material is black and very soft, making portions fit comfortably in both my cheek and lip (I find that placement depends on your preference more than anything). I was curious to see what the chew looks like on the inside, so in the photo to the right I’ve broken open one of the Classic portions. As you can see, the tobacco is medium ground and quite fresh. The grind is coarser than what I’m used to with portioned snus, and the chew was slightly moist. I began to feel a nicotine buzz within a few minutes and it was about as strong as what I normally feel using average strength snus, lasting until about the twenty-five minute mark before subsiding.
Overall, I appreciate Cruiser Chew Classic for its crisp tobacco dominant taste and convenient portion format. If you’re looking for an interesting new product with a great tobacco taste, I certainly recommend giving Classic a try. Moreover, I find that Classic pairs especially well with a cool glass of ice tea on a warm spring day!