Once I opened my can, I took a moment to take in the aroma, and I must say that it was definitely different from regular snus. There’s no tobacco aroma present, but instead a smokey and sweet herbal flavor takes center stage. After placing a portion in my mouth, I soon began to taste a salty herbal flavor. The taste itself is quite mild, and there’s not too much flavor development. I found that I usually lost all flavor around the thirty minute mark.
The XQS Original portions are fairly moist and have a mouthfeel which is very similar to regular snus portions which is a plus. I did find it quite strange having snus in but not feeling any nicotine buzz though! I found that I generally removed portions due to the drip around forty minutes in.
As a whole, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of the taste of XQS Original, and the lack of nicotine makes me not very motivated to use it. However, it does feel like a real snus portion in your mouth (just doesn’t taste like one!), so Original can be helpful to those who are looking to maintain their physical snusing habit but without the nicotine. Additionally. XQS Original can also be useful if you’ve gotten used to very strong snus and are looking to cut back so that you can return to regular portions (to do this, alternate between your normal snus and XQS until your tolerance is lowered again).
Although I didn’t enjoy the Original flavor, I’m still curious to try some of the other flavors to see if they taste any better as a tasty nicotine free snus can definitely be useful in some situations!