A relatively new snus to hit the market, Telemark Xtra Tobak is a strong original portion snus with a pure tobacco taste. Each can of Xtra Tobak comes with twenty 1g portions of snus. As a lover of tobacco tasting snus brands, I was excited to give Xtra Tobak a try and see how it stacks up against some of the more established brands out there.
Upon opening my can of Xtra Tobak, I was greeted with a smell of peppery tobacco with hints of ammonia (a sign of freshness) and it smelled quite good. I also noticed a hint of citrus, but it was very mild (and may just be a part of the tobacco’s natural aroma). Once I placed a portion in my mouth, I soon began to notice a tobacco dominant taste with hints of pepper which became increasingly mild and then bitter over time (I removed my portions around the fifty minute mark when there was little flavor left). The experience reminded me of the tobacco taste of Skruf Original, except without the bergamot.
The portions were comfortable, and were made of average material. I experience only a little bit of drip, and generally around the fifty minute mark (at which point the tobacco taste was already becoming a little too bitter for my tastes). I also enjoyed how the Telemark portions were a full one gram (compared to some brands which only use between 0.75-.9 grams of snus per portion), which I feel enables the tobacco flavor to really come through and develop. The portions were slightly moist, and I began to feel a pleasant buzz starting around the two minute mark and continuing for about twenty minutes.
As a whole, I enjoyed Telemark Xtra Tobak quite a bit, and the brand has great quality for a new entry on the market. The strong peppery tobacco taste combined with a large portion size produced a great overall taste and little drip. I recommend trying Xtra Tobak if you’re a fan of tobacco dominant snus brands and are looking to add something new to your daily rotation. In my experience Xtra Tobak pairs especially well with strong coffee as well as begian white style beers.