Manufactured by Oden’s GN Tobacco, Oden’s Extreme 59 is a cinnamon flavored snus which packs quite a punch at 22mg of nicotine per gram of snus. I’ve tried several members of the Extreme lineup, a and decided to start by reviewing Extreme 59 loose, since I’m currently using it right now! Unlike most varieties of snus which are steam pasteurized, the entire Oden family of snus is fermented. Despite the difference in the method used to produce the snus, my sources have indicated that lab analysis has shown that Oden’s snus is on par with steam cured snus when it comes to TSNA counts. I’m not quite sure what the 59 stands for, but there’s also Oden’s 69 snus which I plan to review in the coming weeks (as well as the original Oden’s Extreme).
Upon opening my can of 59, I was greeted with a strong tobacco flavor, but much to my chagrin, I couldn’t detect any cinnamon aroma. Once I put some in my mouth, my suspiciouns were confirmed, and I was surprised to discover that the cinnamon flavor was extremely subdued, and I could hardly taste it at all. Instead, I noticed a tobacco taste which was quite different from the flavor of Oden’s Extreme, which happens to be one of my favorite tobacco flavored snus blends. I wasn’t all too fond of this taste, much preferring the tobacco flavor in the regular Extreme. The grind of the snus was very fine, and it was comfortable in my upper lip.
At 22mg of nicotine per gram of snus, Extreme 59 packs quite a punch. This nicotine content places Oden’s Extreme 59 in the ultra-strong category of snus, and few snus brands can boast of a nicotine content this high. Due to this, if you’re new to snusing I recommend that you take care when trying this snus as to avoid feeling nauseous. Use a small amount to start and work your way up from there. Although the nicotine hit didn’t hit me as fast as with some varieties of Thunder snus, when it did arrive it was very strong as well as long lasting. I also found the snus to have a great moisture level, and it wasn’t too dry nor too wet. Because of the balanced moisture level, I was able to leave a portion in for about 40 minutes before it began to drip too much for my tastes.
Overall, Oden’s Extreme 59 wasn’t quite what I expected. Once I finish my remaining cans, I don’t think I’ll be trying it again unless there’s a formula change which imparts a stronger taste of cinnamon. I will however continue to use the original Oden’s Extreme as I absolutely love the tobacco taste. However, I do see the appeal of a cinnamon flavored snus, and I believe that if Oden’s GN modifies the flavor a little to include a stronger cinnamon taste, I can definitely see myself giving this brand another try.