Released only a few months ago in November 2015 by V2 Tobacco as part of their ever popular Thunder brand, Thunder Cool Mint Ultra Strong White Dry is one of two new dry editions of Thunder Ultra Strong (alongside Thunder White Frosted Ultra Strong which I’ve previously reviewed). Each can of Cool Mint Ultra Strong Dry comes with 18 ultra strong portions with a whopping 22mg of nicotine per gram. With such a high nicotine content, I feel that I should mention that if you’re not accustomed to using very strong snus, I recommend you exercise some caution when you try this one for the first time!
Once I opened my can, the first thing I noticed was a strong aroma of peppermint and a hint of menthol. Due to the dryness of the portions, it took a few minutes for the flavor to begin to set in, and I definitely noticed a mild and natural peppermint taste which was moderately sweet. I also detected a slight cooling sensation, but it subsided fairly quickly. The peppermint flavor stayed strong for about twenty five minutes before I could start to detect a salty tobacco taste characteristic of Thunder Original. Since the nicotine level was so high (I’m used to regular portions!), I usually took them out after thirty minutes so I can’t really comment on drip.
Unlike original variants of Thunder Ultra strong (such as Raspberry) which are very moist, Cool Mint Ultra Strong is very dry and finely ground. As a result, I find that the nicotine uptake is a little slower to come on, starting about five minutes in compared to almost instantly with an original portion Thunder. I find this slower nicotine uptake to be more pleasant when it comes to these very high in nicotine snuses, as the buzz builds gradually as opposed to hitting you all at once. The portions are of average size and fit comfortable in my lip, and I didn’t experience much drip with these at all.
As a whole, Thunder Cool Mint Ultra Strong White Dry is tasty mint flavored snus, and it definitely packs a nicotine kick that few brands can match. If you’re a fan of mint flavored snuses yet want something that gradually builds up to a strong nicotine buzz, I definitely recommend giving this snus a go!