Manufactured by Swedish Match, Nick & Johnny Radical Red is a relatively new addition to the N&J line of snus. Billed as an “Xtra Strong” chili flavored snus, I was excited to try Radical Red simply because of how exotic the flavor appeared to be. As an extra strong snus, Radical Red contains 14mg of nicotine per gram of snus, with 20 portions per can. Unlike most portions of snus which have decreased in size, the Nick and Johnny Radical Red portions have been increased from 1 gram of snus to 1.1 grams per portion.
Once I opened my can of Radical Red, I was greeted with a spicy aroma which reminded me of chili powder mixed with cinnamon. Although certainly different than what I’m used to, it smelled quite nice. Upon placing a portion in my mouth, I noticed a tobacco dominant flavor which was complimented by a taste of spice (I also noticed a very slight taste of cinnamon, but it wasn’t very strong). The spice paired with the tobacco flavor quite well, and I had a very pleasant tingling sensation in my lip while using this snus. I wouldn’t classify the tingle as a burning sensation (like some other snus brands such as Skruf), but rather as a softer feeling. The flavor lasted for about thirty minutes, and after that I began to taste a slightly sweet tobacco flavor. After the first few portions, I felt the flavor really begin to grow on me.
The portion material was of average quality, and the portions were slightly moist. I really enjoyed the
larger portion format, as I found that I got a richer taste of the snus. Because the portions weren’t overly moist, I was able to keep one in for about 45 minutes before it began to drip. Because of the strength of the snus, I got a good nicotine buzz after about 10 minutes. I also found the can design to contain some pretty neat artwork, and the can colors go well together.
Overall, I feel that Swedish Match came through and did a good job with this snus. Nick and Johnny Radical Red is a great brand with a flavor unlike most other brands. I really enjoyed the taste, and the large portion size was a great benefit. I recommend Radical Red for those who are looking for lovers of spicy things as well as for after dinner relaxation.