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 Timberwolf Natural Pouches and Timberwolf 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”.
Timberwolf Natural Pouches are described as having a “smooth tobacco flavor“. 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 you open a can of Timberwolf Natural Pouches, the aroma that greets you is a smoky, slightly sweet, earthy tobacco smell. 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, well, natural. The tobacco itself has a mild, earthy character. I do pick up the smokiness, as well, and a little bit of saltiness. 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.
Timberwolf Straight Pouches are described as having a taste of “tobacco, spice, and sweetness“. As mentioned earlier, the same specifics apply – the can has 15 pouches at 1.5 grams each. The nicotine strength I found remains the same – 14.1 mg/g total nicotine, and 5.2mg/g free (usable) nicotine.
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. My grandfather was a chemist, so this kind of stuff always interests me. The aroma is slightly sweet, a little spicy, and a little smoky. 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 mildly smoky, earthy in nature, lightly sweet, and has a little spice flavor in the background. I also pick up a touch of salt in the flavor, 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.
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 Timberwolf Straight Pouches, because I swear that’s what it tastes like. If you like a natural, earthy tobacco taste, try Timberwolf Natural Pouches. They’re not for me, but if you’re a dipper, give them a go!