Produced by the US Smokeless Tobacco Company, Red Seal Straight Long Cut is a straight flavored dip aimed at the budget conscious dipper. One neat thing about the Red Seal brand is that cans come with 25% more tobacco than normal brands of dip, which means cans contain 1.5oz (42.53g) of dip as opposed to the standard 1.2oz (34.02g)! The extra dip is definitely a bonus as cans last slightly longer than usual, and this provides a large benefit to those who enjoy taking larger than normal pinches while they dip.
Soon after opening my can of Red Seal Straight, I was greeted with an aroma of sweet tobacco, mixed in with hints of smokiness in the background. Although the can is the same size as other brands, it is packed much tighter due to the extra dip. Soon after taking in the aroma, I formed a medium sized pinch and threw it in my lower lip. I soon began to notice the taste of sweet tobacco, but it was milder than other Straight offerings out there (such as Copenhagen Straight). After about five minutes, I also began to notice a smoky taste begin to develop, and it was complimented by a salty taste which grew increasingly strong as time passed. At first Straight produced quite a bit of juice, but around the thirty minute mark I felt my pinches start to dry out and I generally removed them around the thirty five minute mark.
The grind is about average for a long cut, possibly even just a little bit smaller than normal long cuts, but even so I still found it fairly easy to keep pinches in place as well as remove them. The nicotine content appeared to be average, and as I moderate dipper I was able to catch a buzz when I took a larger pinch.
As a whole, I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of Red Seal Straight as I find it to be a little bland in the taste department compared to other straight cuts (especially after the fifteen minute mark). Despite this, I wouldn’t say the flavor is terrible, and it may even be attractive to those who aren’t looking for an overly flavorful dip. Finally, the extra dip combined with its affordable price can make it an attractive option to those who are on a budget yet still want a straight flavor which they can use as their daily dip!