Having reviewed several exciting new limited editions in V2 Tobacco’s Thunder line of snus with much fanfare, I recently obtained a can of Thunder Extra Strong Apple and have finally been able to publish my thoughts on it. Marketed as an extra strong snus with 16mg of nicotine packed into a single 0.9 gram portion, Extra Strong Apple is one of the strongest snus brands on the market today.
Once I opened up my can, I was soon greeted with the aroma of fresh granny smith apples, and the smell struck me as being very natural without any artificial sweetening (which I don’t enjoy in snus, I tend to prefer more natural flavors). I also picked up hints of tobacco which reminded me of Thunder Original. After using several portions, I began to notice that initially I would get a taste of tart granny smith apple, and the apple flavor was dominant (unlike the apple in Oden’s Extreme 29) and complimented by a smooth tobacco taste which was in the background. As time progressed the apple flavor slowly became less prominent and the tobacco flavor took over. As someone who enjoys both the flavor of apples and classic tobacco, I found ES Apple’s flavor transition to be especially enjoyable.
The portion material is of average quality, and it is the same as whats used in the rest of the Thunder lineup. None of the portions were leaking snus and they were all quite moist (but not overly so). The result is a fast and potent buzz which begins to set in after about two minutes and continues for quite some time. Although I generally removed my portions at the fifteen minute mark (I mainly use regular portion) because of the intense nicotine buzz, I did leave a few portions in longer after I got used to them and usually experienced a salty drip around the thirty minute mark.
After finishing off my can, I definitely feel that ES’s refreshing Apple taste has grown on me, and I really hope V2 releases a regular portion variety of this flavor so that I can use it in my daily rotation (extra strong is a bit too strong for me to use as a go to snus)! With its high nicotine content and rapid onset, I highly recommend ES Apple to heavy smokers looking to quit smoking, as well as those who prefer stronger snuses. In my experience, I find that ES Apple works quite well as a delicious after dinner treat in lieu of dessert! Since its a limited edition, be sure to try some before its too late!