Specially crafted by master snus blender Conny Andersson on behalf of Mellgrens, Mellgren’s IPA Edition White Portion is a limited edition snus which takes inspiration from the renowned Ballast Point Sculpin IPA beer. Designed to be of the highest quality, IPA Edition uses a blend of four unique tobaccos from the United States, Brazil, Guatemala, and South Africa and pairs them with hints of citrus, hops, and grassy herbs. Each can of IPA Edition White Portion comes with 18 grams of white portion snus per can.
Soon after opening my can of IPA Edition, my nose was greeted with the pleasant aromas of fresh tobacco, citrus (lemon with a possible touch of bergamot), herbs, and a hint of hops. Since this is a white portion, the flavors usually took several minutes before they began to set in and I first noticed a pleasant taste of grassy tobacco complimented by the citrus flavors for the first fifteen minutes. Afterwards, the citrus became increasingly subdued, and the tobacco flavor began to transition to something more herbal and then rich and salty. This is definitely a complex and well balanced snus, and the more portions I use the more subtle flavors I start to pick up on.
The portion material is quite comfortable, and I find that IPA Edition portions fit well in my upper lip. As a white portion snus, IPA Edition is fairly dry which results in a slower flavor and nicotine release. The nicotine buzz took about five minutes to fully set in, and I found it to be close to strong portion snus in terms of strength which made for an enjoyable long lasting buzz. I usually removed my portions around the one hour mark after I found that the flavor became too weak for my tastes.
In summary, Mellgren’s IPA Edition White Portion is a superb snus, and I highly recommend it to those who love trying the very best that the snus world has to offer! The taste is well balanced and highly refined, and the slow, strong nicotine buzz which comes on is very satisfying. If you have the opportunity, I imagine pairing a dry white portion of IPA Edition with a tall glass of Sculpin IPA would certainly make for a tasty experience! However, for those of you who prefer the loose experience, Mellgren’s IPA Single Cut Edition is also available with a very similar taste profile!