Recently released as part of the Grov line of snus, Swedish Match’s Grov Stark is a strong snus with a distinct tobacco flavor. Each can of Grov Stark comes with 24 grams of snus, with one gram of tobacco per portion.
Upon opening my can of Grov Stark, I soon noticed an aroma of tobacco and grassy herbs, and it was very pleasant. After placing a portion in my mouth, I began to taste a smokey tobacco flavor as well as a slightly fruity taste in addition to the grassy herbs that the aroma smelled of. As a fan of tobacco dominant snus brands I really enjoyed the smokey tobacco flavor, and after about twenty minutes the smokey favor transitioned into a mild and pleasant tobacco taste (unlike some tobacco dominant brands which become more bitter and salty tasting as time passes). The fruit and herbal flavors lasted for about ten minutes before gradually decreasing until I could no longer taste them at the half-hour mark. The tobacco flavor itself lasted for about forty five minutes before becoming difficult to taste.
The portion material was of average quality, and each one contained one full gram of tobacco (unlike most brands which now use between .7 and .9 grams per portion). The portions were fairly moist, but not too much so. Due to the moistness, I found that the nicotine kick came on quite fast as well as strong, making for a nice feeling that lasted for around thirty minutes before starting to die down. Generally my portions lasted for nearly an hour before I would remove them due to drip.
Overall, I really enjoyed Grov Stark. Grov’s tobacco dominant taste mixed with subtle herbal undertones makes for a really enjoyable snus. I find that Grov Stark pairs quite well with Earl Grey tea or a nice cup of strong coffee in the morning!