Every year around this time (except for last year), Swedish Match releases its specialty Kardus. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kardus, it is a limited edition brand released once a year in limited quantities (this year 4,000 boxes were produced and mine is #1606!) in truly unique packaging. I was fortunate enough to try both the 2012 and 2013 Karduses (both of them were among the best tasting snuses I’ve ever had), so I had high hopes for the 2015 variety. According to Swedish Match, Kardus 2015 has “a clear tobacco flavor with hints of fruit, nutmeg, dried apricot, raisins and a peak of rose hips and lemon.” Every box of Kardus Superior Blend comes with 150 grams of average strength (about 8mg/g) loose snus. Superior Blend 2015 is packaged in a special airtight container which allows it to continue aging over time.
Once I opened up the box and tin that the Kardus was packaged in, I opened it up and gave it a whiff. A tobacco dominant snus, Kardus 2015 contains a rich mix of tobacco notes, including spicy, earthy, and citrusy undertones. There are four types of tobacco used in the making of Kardus 2015, and are a blend of the finest tobaccos coming from four different parts of the world (India, USA, Argentina, and Guatemala), and each of them brings different nuanced flavors to the table. After forming a few portions by hand and trying them out, I noticed that initially the Kardus tasted spicy, with hints of lemon and apricot. As time passed, the fruit flavors began to subside, and later the tobacco flavor transitioned into an earthy taste with herbal undertones. As a loose snus, Kardus 2015 has a much coarser cut (and is hand rather rather machine cut) than regular loose brands. As a result, portions stay together easier and a greater flavor profile can be attained. Furthermore, Kardus uses only fine tobacco leaves (and no stems), ensuring that you always get a premium flavor every time.
Being fairly moist, I began to feel a pleasant nicotine buzz which set in around the two minute mark and lasted for about forty minutes. Unlike previous years (which had hand carved wood boxes with plastic inserts for the snus), the tin that Kardus 2015 ships in is plated with brushed bronze (the inside is 95% pewter according to the Zinn mark). Although the nicotine buzz began to subside forty minutes in, I could still taste tobacco notes at the one hour mark and beyond.
Prior to trying Kardus Superior Blend 2015, I had high hopes for it, and after finishing nearly half my can I can say that this is one snus that truly delivers. The coarsely cut blended tobaccos combined with subtle fruit notes created a complex taste which grows increasingly complex as time passes. Furthermore, the box and tin that the Kardus ships in are of exceptional quality, and I plan to keep my tin alongside the other Kardus boxes that I have as a collectors item! Kardus Superior Blend is available for a limited time only, so if you’re a fan of the Kardus line I highly recommend placing an order on our store before its too late!