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Looking for a SWEET licorice flavor snus

So, I happen to LOVE licorice, the real black licorice. It's funny because when you're a kid, black licorice is gross and disgusting, and most adults don't even like it. Seems to be an acquired taste and I came to love it later on. The best thing about eating a bag of black licorice is that when around friends or other people, nobody wants to mooch off you because most people hate it. Regardless, it seems to be a very prized candy/confectionary in Northern Europe in the Nordic countries (and in Europe in general). My cousins are half Swedish, and I was at their grandmother's 90th birthday party a few weeks back, and one of the desserts there was a bowl of the BEST tasting original Swedish black licorice I've ever had.

Anyhow, I've collected a bunch of licorice flavored snus that is sitting in my fridge waiting for me to try them one by one. There's a ton of licorice flavored snus on the market, but here is what I've got stocked up in the fridge and waiting to be used:

- Mocca Lakrits mini portions
- General Licorice
- LD Salmiak

I'm currently going through a can of Jakobsson's licorice, and the only other licorice flavor I have tried was Oden's Extreme licorice, which I found to be bland but I did enjoy it. Jakobsson's licorice isn't sweet by any means, but has more of an herbal sweetness to it that Oden's didn't have. Having tried Jakobsson's melon previously, I expected the licorice flavor to be sweet but no avail. Has anyone tried any of the brands I've listed? Or any other brands for that matter? I've read amazing things about LD and people do describe it as a sweet licorice, but everyone's taste perception can be different.
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  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    The LD Salmiak is the best of the bunch, I love salmiak liquorice so that one is always a good one. Not had the general so can't comment but it has anise in and a lot from what I read. The best oral tobacco with a liquorice em taste are Oliver twists, especially the black, which is salmiak, and the royal which is British liquorice.

    If you haven't tried it yet, try off-road lakrits, that is quite sweet.
  • Thanks for the input!

    However, Offroad... Eeewww! I was tempted to buy a can of their licorice flavor but the last (and only) Offroad snus I've tried so far was Offroad Green Apple mini portions and they were the ABSOLUTE WORST snus I've ever had. So much so that I vowed to never buy any Offroad products again.
  • Sweet licorice snus is almost not possible. Since snus is salty, the salt counteracts the sweet to a degree. N&J Black Tarmac was sweeter than most but sadly gone now. I HATE sweet licorice candy, I love most licorice snus. General Licorice is my current favorite. LD is good, but very hard to get in the US.
    Offroad snus is a love it or hate is brand. Some flavors are great some are horrible, but even if you hated one flavor ( the apple was awful) you might like another.
    Slightly off topic, when I visited Stockholm I found there are a variety of salted licorice candies available. I thought I'd try it since I liked salted licorice snus...bad idea. Vile. Although since it's sold in a lot of shops I guess a bunch of Swedes like it. Something about licorice and tobacco together is good to me, licorice alone doesn't do it.
  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    @DopamineRush‌ don't judge the whole line by one snus alone, if I judged general on the wintergreen portions I would never use general again! The off-road has what you're looking for in terms of tastes so just try a can and see how you get on with it.
  • @Skell18,

    Why not, doesn't hurt to give the Offroad licorice flavor a try. That apple was just so bad though, and I tried to google Offroad and found a lot of discussions on forums where a lot of people in general were hating really hard on that brand. That was after I tried the apple flavor, so I guess I was further turned off from it when I read all kinds of comments from people about how they disliked Offroad in general.

    @bigmick,

    Are you sure having a sweet licorice isn't possible? I've hit quite a few sweet snuses that were REALLY good. Some I can name off the top of my head:

    Nick and Johnny Captain Yankee
    Nick and Johnny Crushed Ice
    Thunder Raspberry
    Jakobsson's Melon

    Those were nice sweet tasting snuses that I found enjoyable, and all of them were not overly or sickeningly sweet or anything, so i'll bet it must be possible to sweeten up the licorice flavor so that it's like a lot of black licorice candy. I just tried looking up N&J Black Tarmac and you're right, it's discontinued. Would have loved to try that, because I am a big fan of the N&J line, I haven't been disappointed by a single one of their flavors.
  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    @bigmick‌ mate I love the salty liquorice! I normally don't like liquorice but the salmiak! Love it! Must be the Nordic blood in me ;)
  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    @DopamineRush‌ off-road is a bit marmite, personally I don't mind the apple. A lot of stark and extra stark snuses have liquorice in them, it's liquorice root, which is naturally sweet so try one of those, general extra strong is my favourite, nick and Johnny original edge has the strongest tasting lakrits flavour. It doesn't come on at first, it takes about 20-30 minutes to present itself, so try one of those too and see how you get on, FYI the don't have any anise flavour, just the liquorice root flavour, which is perfect IMO.
  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    Ctch lakris/lakrits/licorice. Its sweet as hell, its snus, and it tastes like licorice.

  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    catch*, pardon my typo. Def worth a shot if you like sweet licorice, not strong in the nic department though, more of a treat in my opinion.
    Also, snus-types like general wintergreen etc is really hard to find here in the nordic countries, and therefore, I can hardly call it snus, not to mention it wasnt even made for the actual snus-market, but american dippers to win some customers. The snus-market here doesnt really change much at all. While you see general wintergreen in your grocery stores, we have the good old general original, and youd be on a lifelong quest to find wg. Offroad is really hard to come by here aswell, havent seen it in a norwegian store, nor swedish, def easier in Denmark.
    Danish snus is for some nasty reason seen as dirty snus around these parts =(
    anyway, try the catch snuses, loaded with flavor

  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    I forgot about the catch! You can buy general wintergreen at snus2 in Gothenburg , I think it's the only shop in swede that sells it as it was made for the US market. General wintergreen is wrong anyway! Although, if for some perverse reason it's the only snus we could get here in the UK, I would buy it, as it's snus, alas we can't get any snus :-(
  • @DopamineRush‌ I said almost...it can be done but rarely and more rarely well.


    @Skell18‌ you're odd. ;)

    I forgot about Catch licorice. I've got it in my head Catch only comes in minis...No idea why.
    General Wintergreen is not snus. It's available all around me. Abomination. The only wintergreen tobacco I tolerate is Odens, and then only if it's free.
  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    @Skell18‌ well, at least you can get snuff easily, thats hard here. Its funny how snus costs more over here than it does everywhere else. If theres a snus-type youd like to try, I could send it over to the uk by mail as a gift if you want to. You havent tried snus before you buy it in Sweden =D

  • I saw someone in the 'Whatcha Chewin, Dippin, Snussin?' thread post that they were using Thunder licorice. I am unaware that this even exists, and googling this lead me nowhere. What's up with that?
  • V2 tobacco's main website (http://www.v2tobacco.com/snus-products.php) doesn't even list it in their catalogue.
  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    Afaik thunder doesnt have licorice, offroad does, same maker

  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    @Nikolaos‌ looks good, but not available here... must be why ive never had it.

  • It's so strange that V2 wouldn't have that on their catalogue. I was thinking maybe it was one of those one-time special limited production flavors that Thunder does come out with once in a while, but that doesn't seem like it either if they are regularly selling it on mrsnuff.com. Interesting.
  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    @DopamineRush‌ it's chewing tobacco rather than snus and is primarily for he European market due to the snus ban so it won't be in the snus catalogue.
  • @skell18, I noticed that on the picture of the can. The pouches are actually made for actually chewing on?
  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    @DopamineRush‌ no you still use it like snus, no chewing tobacco should be chewed (except American chew), it's the ultimate irony!
  • Well that's the funny thing, CHEWING tobacco is loose leaf that is meant to be masticated gently. Dip is not chew, and nor is snus. Funny how they call these "chew bags", hahah.
  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    Well that's the funny thing, CHEWING tobacco is loose leaf that is meant to be masticated gently. Dip is not chew, and nor is snus. Funny how they call these "chew bags", hahah.
    its cause of the snus-ban in EU, just a way to get around it by labeling it chew.
    Why snus is banned is beyond me.

  • @Rogue, it's banned in the EU because of an axis of political bullshit.

    Axis 1: the cigarette industrial complex. Simply put, big cigarette companies would lose big profit if snus caught on. One might easily ask "but what if they switched to manufacturing snus to get in on the profit?". Well, it's not that simple and I can't get into it right now without writing a gigantic post on it. They won't do it for the same reason American cigarette companies in the 1970s destroyed and eliminated the safe cigarette that the cigarette company Liggett created in their R&D at the time. Its also the same reason why studies into American snus (Marlboro and Camel snus) by a few American universities determined that Marlboro and Camel were purposely making their snus under-strength, 'disgusting', and a put-off to smokers - they wanted to keep smokers on cigarettes.

    Axis 2: the anti-smoking movement. As well meaning as the anti-smoking movement is in reducing and eliminating cigarette use worldwide, they have unjustly attacked ALL FORMS OF TOBACCO and painted all forms of tobacco with the same brush. Hence why there is so much false propaganda out there about chew, dip, and even snus as being "really, really bad" and "even worse than cigarettes". Really?! 'even worse'? Not a shred of clinical evidence to support these claims. I do also believe that the anti-smoking movement is just as corrupt as the cigarette companies. You know the saying "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"? That's what I firmly believe has happened with the anti-smoking movement and the cigarette companies. Circa the 1980s and 1990s, I think that because of the threat the anti-smoking movement posed to the cigarette companies, the cig companies with all their power, political influence, and infinite funds approached the anti-smoking crusaders and said to them "lets make a deal". Enough said.

    Axis 3: politics. Politics. Politics. How many politicians have rallied behind some stupid movement/cause/slogan in order to gather more votes, popularity, and ultimately, power and money? This anti-snus crap with the EU has that written all over it. Not to mention I believe many politicans have cashed in on the same "deal" I mentioned above that they have possibly made with the anti-tobacco zealots.

    The anti-tobacco zealots want to project only two options to smokers: either quit smoking cold turkey (or with marginally effective NRT products), or continue smoking and die. No other alternatives allowed. Either option means only one thing: more cigarettes sold. NRT products have an average of a 16% success rate in getting smokers to quit. Snus has something like a 56% success rate. The former leads more smokers to fail quitting, and consequently keep smoking, and of course buying more cigarettes!

    Any time you want to know the real truth behind something, just follow the money.
  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    @DopamineRush‌ But in Denmark only loose snus and chew is allowed, not a complete ban, which is something that doesnt make much sense

  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    @Rogue it is technically banned in Denmark, they just ignore it for lös.
  • RogueRogue Member, Administrator
    @Skell18 Really? I heard loose was legal there, and it only makes sense considering some loose snus variants are made in Denmark.

  • Skell18Skell18 Moderator
    @Rogue‌ I'm not sure of the technicalities but they tried to stop them selling the lös but Denmark told them where to go and they would continue selling it.
  • fck all, pop some fennel up your snout, that'll cure any licorice cravings right quick
  • My friends, I have finally gotten around to opening and trying the Mocca Lakrits mini white portion, and I am very impressed!! It is slightly sweet, but definitely sweet compared to the previous two licorice snuses that I tried (Oden's Extreme Licorice and Jakobssons Licorice).

    Oden's Extreme Licorice: Not sweet at all. Pure licorice taste. Still very good!

    Jakobsson's Licorice: Not sweet. Has a slight element of herbal sweetness to it, but would not be considered 'sweet' by any degree.

    Mocca Lakrits: Slightly sweet. Complements the licorice flavor very well, and the sweetness is so subtle it isn't even noticeable if you DON'T purposely go looking for it. I think this would be perfect for those who aren't into sweet licorice but wouldn't mind tasting an element of it there if they bother to notice it. The smell is also quite different from the other licorice snus I tried, it's almost literally like going to Bulk Barn, walking to the bin containing licorice, and dunking your face in it to take a whiff. The actual licorice taste is REALLY good, this is definitely a very high quality snus and I would say thus far it is my favorite licorice snus. They are mini white portions, so the flavor takes a good 15 or 20 minutes to release, and I also need to double-barrel the portions to get a decent nicotine hit. My only complaint is that Mocca doesn't make a regular portion version of this, but alas, I believe this line of snus is designed for the female market (hence this being mini white portions).

    Next up on my list of licorice flavors to try after this can is done will be LD Salmiak, followed by Catch licorice snus. I highly recommend Mocca Lakrits for anyone who is a fan of licorice though!
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