First launched by Swedish Match in 2005, the Kronan lineup of snus is a discount brand which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Swedish Match claims that “the [Kronan] recipe is a classic snus recipe, built on almost two hundred years of Swedish snus know-how, and offers an unaltered and distinctive tobacco taste.” Each can of Kronan Stark Original comes with 0.9 grams of strong snus per portion, and 21.6 grams per can.
After opening my can, I took a whiff and noticed a strong aroma of dark tobacco, with notes of citrus, herbs, and slight floral undertones (possibly violet, but I’m not entirely sure). Once I used a few portions, I began to notice an initial flavor of strong tobacco with hints of citrus and grassy herbs. After about ten minutes the tobacco flavor began to develop as the other flavors subsided, and by the twenty five minute mark I had a taste of salty tobacco which lasted until just about the hour mark before starting to subside.
The portions were of regular quality, with all of them properly sealed and none leaking (which happens occasionally in other discount brands). As an original portion snus, Stark was moderately moist, and the nicotine kick came on relatively fast due to this. Within a few minutes, I had a pleasant nicotine buzz which lasted until around the thirty-five minute mark. I tended to take my portions out after about fifty minutes when the flavor became too salty for my tastes.
Overall, I found Kronan Stark Original to be a high quality snus despite its position as a discount brand, and the tobacco flavor was quite rich. I recommend Kronan Stark to those who enjoy tobacco dominant flavors as well as a bigger nicotine kick. Stark Original pairs well with black coffee as well as lagers, and the higher nicotine content is a great pick me up in the morning!