Review Preface: I am not a dip user. I am a long-term Swedish Snus user. Please take this into consideration when reading my review!
Today, we’re going to be talking about two products from Pinkerton Tobacco, a dip manufacturer in the US which is owned by Swedish Match. This review will cover Longhorn Natural Pouches and Longhorn Straight Pouches. Going into this review, I had heard of the terms “straight” and “natural”, but wasn’t too familiar with them. I have, however, heard from friends that straight is sweeter, whereas natural is more, well, natural.
Now, ass I mentioned earlier, I mostly review snus but have had some request for dip reviews, so I figured I would go with Pinkerton products, as I’ve been a Swedish Match fan for many years and I know they ensure quality.
Looking at these cans, they remind me a lot of snus cans! Each can even has a catch lid, or, as they call it, a “Stow & Throw” compartment. For those who may not be familiar with this, it’s a place to discard of your used pouches. Remember! With dip they’re called “pouches” and with snus they’re called “portions”.
Longhorn Natural Pouches are described as having a “flavor of tobacco“. Each can comes with 15 pouches and each pouch is around 1.5 grams, much bigger than regular Swedish Snus portions! I’m not sure of the nicotine content, but looking around online I was able to find it listed as 13.8 mg/g total nicotine, and 5.7 mg/g free (usable) nicotine. So, the strength is most likely between regular and strong, when looking at it on paper.
When you open a can of Longhorn Natural Pouches, the aroma that greets you is a smoky, earthy tobacco smell with a little spice and a little sweetness in the background. The pouches are quite large, bigger than what I’m used to with Swedish Snus. They feel large in the lip, and aren’t as discrete as snus portions are, but they’re still comfortable, moist, and quickly release the flavor. The flavor of this product is tobacco-centric, and the tobacco flavor is pretty natural as well. The tobacco flavor is quite natural and earthy, with a little smoky quality to it. There’s also a little saltiness in there which I really like. I don’t pick up much sweetness in the taste, I only seemed to notice a little sweetness in the aroma. As far as the nicotine goes, it’s there, but not too powerful. If you’re used to snus, it feels just a little above regular strength. The flavor, on average, lasts around 30 minutes.
I want to note that I reviewed Timberwolf Natural Pouches a few days ago, and I find I prefer these to those.
Longhorn Straight Pouches are described as having a “tobacco, spice, and sweetness“. Each can comes with 15 pouches and each pouch is around 1.5 grams, much bigger than regular Swedish Snus portions! I’m not sure of the nicotine content, but looking around online I was able to find it listed as 13.8 mg/g total nicotine, and 5.7 mg/g free (usable) nicotine. So, the strength is most likely between regular and strong, when looking at it on paper.
When I opened a can, the aroma struck me at first as being a little reminiscent of wintergreen and root beer. I was told that both root beer and wintergreen have Methyl Salicylate, and that straight dip has Salicylic acid Ethyl ester, which may be why it reminds me of those things, as they’re only a carbon group apart. My grandfather was a chemist, so this kind of stuff always interests me. The aroma is sweet and spicy, and also a little smoky. There’s really no snus product that compares to this. The pouches are like the others – large, plump, and moist. I experience a quick release of flavor with this one, as well. The taste is, of course, tobacco centric. The tobacco flavor is an earthy tobacco taste, which is a little sweet and a little smoky. I also notice a little salt and a little spice in the background, as well. I still can’t shake that taste of root beer, though. The flavor, on average, lasts around 30 minutes, and the nicotine strength feels the same as the other one. About the regular level, not too over the top. I also find I prefer this one over the Timberwolf Straight Pouches.
As far as these two go, again, I’m not a dipper. I wouldn’t personally use them again. But if you like the taste of tobacco, these are both worth a try. If you like root beer, try the Longhorn Straight Pouches, because I swear that’s what it tastes like. If you like a natural, earthy tobacco taste, try Longhorn Natural Pouches. They’re not for me, but if you’re a dipper, give them a go!