Manufactured by V2 Tobacco, Thunder Kickass Jalapenos & Chili is a spicy snus which packs an extra strong nicotine punch. Released in 2015 as part of the Thunder Limited Edition Series, Kickass has quite a unique flavor, and the only other similar brand which comes to mind is Nick & Johnny’s Red Hot which I enjoyed quite a bit. Every can of Thunder Kickass comes with 22 portions of extra strong snus (16mg of nicotine per gram), for a total of 19.8 grams per can.
Not long after opening my can of Red Hot, I soon began to notice a pleasant aroma of chili, peppers, and oddly enough, peppermint. After putting in a portion, I soon began to taste a melange of spicy tobacco, peppers, and peppermint. I found that the peppermint flavor created an interesting cooling sensation which countered the effects of the jalapeno to an extent. At first I wasn’t sure if the mint would mix well with the spicy taste, but after a few portions I’m quite impressed with the flavor balance. Much like Red Hot, I noticed a slight burning sensation from Kickass, but found that the mint made the taste a little smoother than Red Hot. After about twenty minutes the peppermint flavor began to die down, and the spicy tobacco taste became stronger and increasingly salty. After about the thirty minute mark, I began to taste hints of the tobacco flavor found in Thunder Original and it was quite pleasant.
The portion material is similar to what is used in the rest of the Thunder family, and they take a little bit of forming to help even out the snus inside. The portions are also quite moist, and I usually began to feel a strong nicotine buzz set in within three minutes. I generally left portions in for about forty five minutes before removing them due to drip.
Overall, I enjoyed both the strong taste and nicotine kick of Thunder Kickass, and I can see myself using it in order to relax after a long day! However, I do find that it can be a little to spicy to use often in your daily rotation, so I recommend alternating it with another snus in order to keep things fresh! I find that Kickass pairs especially well with stronger tasting beers, especially spiced Belgian Ales (such as La Chouffe’s offerings).