Developed by Scandinavian Premium Tobacco AB, Byron Anis is part of SPT’s newly rebranded line of Cuban snus and is one of the replacements for the old Romeo y Julieta line of snus which was discontinued earlier this month. Byron Anis is named after the famous poet Lord Byron. I like to enjoy Cuban cigars from time to time, so naturally having Cuban tobacco in Byron was an exciting prospect.
After opening up my can, I took in the aromas and immediately noticed a strong tobacco aroma, and I could tell that the tobacco had undertones of spices, perhaps pepper. There was also the characteristic odor of anis present, and the two definitely made for a great aroma. After finishing my can, I have to say that the taste of Byron Anis definitely ranks in my top 5 favorite snus brands of all time. The Cuban tobacco used to make Byron is rich and full-bodied, and I find that it develops subtly over time, producing a slightly spicy and satisfying taste. This delicious tobacco flavor is also complimented by a mild anis taste, and the two flavors combine to produce a very tasting and satisfying snus. I usually ended up removing my portions after about fifty minutes, as the flavor began to become increasingly bitter afterwards.
The portions were comfortable, but weren’t anything special. They were quite moist, and as a result I began to notice a nicotine buzz develop after just a few minutes. I began to experience drip after about forty minutes, so Byron Anis didn’t last as some of the other brands out there (but the flavor definitely made up for it).
Overall, Byron Anis is a terrific tobacco dominant snus brand with just enough anis to create a very refined taste on the palate. The Cuban tobacco is delicious, and Byron Anis is already in my daily rotation as one of my go-to brands. One thing that I do miss however is the old metallic cans that SPT used for the Romeo y Julieta line. The cans had a really nice and quality feel to them, and they also looked super classy. I suspect the move to the new plastic cans may have been done in order to cut costs, and in that case I don’t mind if allows Byron Anis to remain at the same price.