Manufactured by Premium Tobacco, Royal Extreme Menthol Dry Portion is an extra dry snus with a menthol taste. Weighing in at just 9.75 grams (with 15 portions per can), Extreme Menthol is designed to be extra dry as a means by which to lower overall can weights (and thus reduce prices through less taxation). Prior to beginning my snus career in 2009, I used to enjoy smoking menthol cigarettes and have previously enjoyed other menthol flavored snus brands including Blue Ocean so I’ve been excited to give Extreme Menthol a try!
Once I cracked my can of Extreme Menthol open, I was immediately greeted with a medium menthol aroma which tickled my nose. Not long after putting in a portion, my lip soon began to tingle with the characteristic taste of menthol, and it was cool and refreshing. I didn’t find the menthol overpowering, but at the same time it wasn’t overly mild. Thanks to the dryness of the portions, I found that it took several minutes before the menthol reached full strength. I didn’t taste much beyond menthol, save for a slight hint of tobacco which began to appear around the forty five minute mark.
The portion material is average, and I had no major issues with keeping portions in my upper lip. I also found portions to be much drier than standard white portion snus, and as a result I felt that I was able to leave portions in longer before running into issues with excessive drip. On average I usually kept portions in for an hour and a half before removing them due to a drop off in flavor. Again thanks to the dry portions, I found that the nicotine kick took a little over five minutes to fully set in, and when it did it produced a nice buzz which was slightly stronger than regular strength snus and lasted about half an hour before subsiding.
As a whole, I found Royal Extreme Menthol to be quite refreshing during warm Spring days, and I definitely see it coming in quite handy the next time I’m sick with a cold (check out my article here on the subject!). I recommend Extreme Menthol Dry to those who enjoy the taste of straight menthol and are looking for something with a bit stronger of a nicotine kick compared to regular portions, as well as those who have a sore throat or cold.