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 Timber Wolf: Mint (Pouches), a product by Pinkerton Tobacco, which is owned by Swedish Match. 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 this can, it reminds me a lot of a snus can! It 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”.
The taste is described as having “a fresh taste of mint“. 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 14.1 mg/g total nicotine, and 5.2 mg/g free (usable) nicotine. So, the strength is most likely between regular and strong, when looking at it on paper.
When I open the can, it smells very much like “dip”. If that makes any sense. The mint aroma is not too bold, and it reminds me a lot of peppermint. There’s a smoky presence to the smell, and a light presence of wood. The pouches are massive, much bigger than I’m used to with Swedish Snus, where the portions are between 0.7g-0.9g each. The pouches are pretty moist, and when you squeeze them you can feel how moist the tobacco inside the pouch is. Upon putting a portion in my lip I noticed a mild cooling presence, which was nice. They are pretty huge, and definitely don’t feel as discrete in the upper lip as snus does. The mint flavor is pretty fresh and reminds me of peppermint and a little menthol. It’s not too sweet, but is nice. There is a very present tobacco character, which I’m not used to; in most mint snus products they mask the tobacco flavor but with this, they put it on Front Street. The tobacco flavor is rich, and according to the bottom of the can contains at least 65% domestic grown tobacco! I also notice some smokiness in the flavor, and a little wood taste which reminds me of oak. The nicotine on this one isn’t too over the top but I do notice it! I can say it feels around the regular strength level, maybe a little higher. I found the flavor on these doesn’t last as long as Swedish Snus, but I was able to keep it in for about 30 minutes.
I was surprised that I actually enjoyed Timberwolf Mint Pouches. It’s fun to do something different every now and then, and mint dip pouches have a completely different taste from mint snus portions. I’m not going to switch from dip to snus or anything, but I did enjoy reviewing this product. Stay tuned, as this month I’ll be reviewing more dip products from Pinkerton!