Released as a limited edition of the Goteborg’s line this summer by Swedish Match, Goteborg’s Rape Havtorn is a regular strength snus with 0.9 grams of snus per portion. Havtorn grabbed my attention because it features cloudberry (a type of berry which grows in northern climates) as a prominent flavor. Having never tried cloudberries before (I’ve heard that they taste similar to raspberries and blackberries), I was excited to give Havtorn a go!
After opening my can, I soon noticed an aroma of fruit, which was complimented by hints of juniper and herbs. The fruity aroma wasn’t as strong as some of the other snuses I’ve had (such as Jakobsson’s Melon), but it did smell quite nice. After I put a portion in my mouth, I soon began to notice a tart berry flavor blended with the classic Goteborg taste. The flavors weren’t overly strong and I never tasted much of a tobacco flavor. I found that the mild taste made it Havtorn a good snus to have with a beverage without being too strong a taste.
The portion material was soft, and portions came arranged in the typical Swedish Match star formation. I like the star portion format since it assures that all the portions are pre-wedged in a good shape. Since Havtorn is a white portion snus, it took around five minutes before I began to feel a nicotine buzz, but the buzz did last quite some time. I was able to leave portions in for nearly an hour before I began to experience any drip, and even then it was fairly mild.
Overall, I really enjoy Havtorn as a summer snus. The subtle taste of cloudberry combined with a hint of herbs makes Havtorn a great after dinner snus. I also found that it pairs exceptionally well with a shandy on a lazy summer afternoon. I recommend trying Havtorn at least once if you’re a Goteborg’s fan, especially since it won’t be around forever!