Founded in 2002, with the launch of Skruf Original Portion, Skruf Snus AB has since gained a large following for its great tasting and high quality offerings. In 2008, Skruf was acquired by the Imperial Tobacco Group, and since then the Skruf line has been expanded with the introduction of the Skruf Slim offshoot which includes Slim Original, Nordic White, and Polar Stark among others (check the snus reviews category for more!). Although Skruf Original was one of the first snus brands I ever tried when I began my snus career back in 2009, I haven’t yet reviewed it today I’ve decided to take a look at a great tobacco dominant brand! Each can of Skruf Original comes with 24 regular strength (8mg of nicotine per gram of snus) portions for a total of 22 grams per can.
After opening a fresh can, I stopped and took a moment to really take in the appealing aroma, which consisted of fresh tobacco, bergamot, and a hint of rose oil. After placing a portion in my mouth, I began to taste hints of the bergamot and rose oil, which were complimented by an earthy tobacco taste. Around the five minute mark the tobacco began to develop from mellow and smooth tasting to saltier and more flavorful, lasting until about forty-five minutes. I also felt the tingling sensation which Skruf is famous for, and its definitely one of my favorite aspects of Original, as it gives you the taste ‘kick’ of strong snus but at regular strength nicotine levels. The Skruf Original portions use average material and are slightly moist (which encourages a rapid release of nicotine), and within three minutes I began to feel a pleasant buzz set in. I generally removed my portions after one hour when I found that the flavor became too salty for my tastes, and I noticed that drip usually set in at the fifty minute mark.
Overall, I enjoyed Skruf Original Portion a lot, and its definitely one of my favorite snuses of all time. The well-rounded tobacco flavor, combined with the rose oil and slight tingling sensation produces an exquisite taste which is great for any time of the day. Original Portion has been in and out of my daily rotation for the past few years, and I certainly see myself continuing to use it for years to come! I highly recommend Skruf Original to those who enjoy the taste of tobacco dominant snuses, and I find that it pairs especially well with IPA beers.