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, I’m going to be reviewing Skoal Original Fine Cut. Prior to this, I have only reviewed long cut dip products, so this will be my first fine cut review! This is a wintergreen flavored product, and a rather unique one at that! The flavor description for this product says, “Skoal Original Wintergreen Fine Cut has a taste of wintergreen. This is a loose ground product where the grains are slightly larger than sand or coffee grounds.” I use a lot of lös snus, and this reminded me a little of that when I looked at it. However, if you are a lös snus fan, you’ll find this doesn’t bake like snus does. You’ll need to use it like you would regular dip and utilize the pinch method.
It comes in a 34.02 gram can, so similar in weight to other dip products. I’m not sure what the nicotine content is, but I’ve seen it estimated to be around 13.3mg/g.
Going into this one, I wasn’t sure what the flavor was, as it simply said “original fine cut”. When I opened the can I realized what it was – wintergreen. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the wintergreen flavor, but this one is different. The wintergreen smell is a little more laid back and subdued than your average wintergreen dip or snus. It’s gentle, it’s lightly sweet, and it’s accompanied by a little tobacco smell and a light smokiness. This being my first fine cut product, it was a little different to use. I was able to get a pinch and put it in my lip, but I did feel it moving around a bit more than the regular long cut pinch. After a while it began to stay more in place, however. The flavor was pretty different from what I’m used to. As someone who doesn’t usually use wintergreen, I found this one to be more enjoyable. The wintergreen taste isn’t as in your face; it’s more gentle, more balanced, and less bold. It’s lightly sweet, but not too over the top. There’s an earthy, smoky tobacco character in the background, as well. The flavor lasted a pretty good amount of time; I found I could keep this pinch in for about 30-40 minutes on average. The nicotine content felt about the regular level, as well. I felt it, but it wasn’t too strong.
If you like wintergreen or don’t like wintergreen, Skoal Original Fine Cut is one to try out. It’s more unique and different than all the other wintergreen products I’ve tried!