In January, I blogged about a bunch of the items you could buy at Svenskt Snus. Some of it’s cool, some of it weird, but it’s all very fun snus branded stuff.
I visited the snus shop twice in two days in late April. On my first day, I bought all the new snus I could find and this best-selling product, although I didn’t know it was at the time.
The next day I was there, someone told me a little bit about it. Apparently it was an afterthought to sell this thing at all. They were just going to put one on each of the tables of the cafe. At the last minute, they decided to sell it, and it is now the best-selling item at the store.
So without further delay, the snuskopp, which probably means “snus cup”:
Front View (closed)
Front View (Open)
If you haven’t figured out what this is for, it’s a disposal cup for used portions.
1) Small Can — The pack is a little smaller than your average snus tin, so it fits nicer in your pocket. And it’s fuller. In your average pack, you can stick another half dozen portions of snus in there. While not quite as bad as a bag of potato chips, it still seems weird. Sure, it is still less snus than a normal pack of General, but I feel like I’m getting what I thought I would.
2) Cheaper — I forget how much it was in Sweden, but it was noticeably less expensive. The tax on 16 grams of snus (0.8g X 20 portions) like in General Tailored is less than it is on a pack of regular snus that is 21.6 g (0.9G x 24 portion). Here’s the math based on Northerner’s prices: $3.98 for a pack of Tailored vs. $4.58 for General White.
Tailored: 19.9 cents per portion or 24.9 cents per gram
White: 19.1 cents per portion or 21.2 cents per gram
So it’s a tiny bit more expensive in these terms, but still cheaper by the pack… and futuristic technology isn’t free, homie.
3) Futuristic Portion Material — Indeed, the future is finally here. Ignore all that terabytes of memory, solar power, 4G, blah blah. The future arrived in a snus portion material that doesn’t irritate your gums. And it feels thick, like a big ‘ol 1 gram portion of the days of old, but in 0.8 grams that gets you less tax liability and feels nice and big in your face.
4) Same great General Snus Taste — That says it all, but this ain’t no newfangled butterscotch/mint/bubblegum/apple snus. This is General White as far as I can tell, which is the best snus on the planet, and probably the universe (although I’ll await a final decision until the aliens step up and show us what they got).
My Danish snus came in. Very quickly, too. And there were no problems with shipping, customs, pigs, ets.
It may not be my favorite snus, and it may not be yours, but any snus is better than no snus.
I want to apologize for all this shipping to Germany info, if you aren’t interested in it.
Now back to all the cool stuff I got from Sweden…
Even before I failed at getting snus to Germany, a commenter suggested I try Northerner’s Danish warehouse, which he identified as Norway, but I’m pretty sure it’s Denmark.
I placed that order today. The only brand I found that ships from there is the number 1 Denmark-based snus maker V2.
I readily enjoyed their Coola snus, so I ordered a couple can of that along with something called Metropol that they may or may not manufacture.
Now will the snus polizei intercept this EU to EU package? I don’t know, but I’ll let you know when I find out.
If not, I’ll have to try ordering Thunder CHEW, which is totally different than Thunder Snus (and legal?).
As I mentioned earlier, I ordered two rolls of General White about a month ago. A couple weeks ago or so, I got a letter from some customs/tax place in Berlin that I would have to go pick up my package there.
Mrs. Snus and I went down there about a week ago and got a number. A minute later a guy popped out and said something about computer problems. And then we waited. And waited. When I saw that they had armed guards in jumpsuits that said “Customs” on it, I wanted to bolt, but Mrs. Snus was worried that they would track us down.
Finally our number popped up on the board.
We went to our table. A customs official had my 2 boxes of snus in his hands. He said something like: ”Snus is forbidden in Germany…” and then he said a bunch of other shit I didn’t understand. According to Mrs. Snus, he said that he would pretend we didn’t show up so that we wouldn’t have to pay to send it back to the merchant.
So is this what all you EU hostages have been complaining about?
I thought they would give me my fucking snus, just charge me a bunch of money for it. That’s fair enough, I guess. But to not give it to me?
What total fucknuts…
It makes no sense. They could have lifted EUR 20, 40 or more off me. Instead these morons ship my snus back to America. What could be the logic here? It’s not like anyone buying a couple cans off the Internet turns around and promptly gives it to fucking children.
And is it illegal in Germany? I’m not even sure what the rules here are. Let me know if you know.
Oh well. Good thing I just brought back 100 packs from Stockholm…
I tested out General Waterproof Edition in the sink. Check it out on my youtube channel.
No time to go into details. Moving today. Some pics you might like:
On the table we have General Tailored. It’s quite similar to General White but slightly smaller and the portion material is supposed to be softer on your gums. Something to do with space age technology maybe? I don’t remember. Also the pack is smaller and contains 20 portions.
General Licorice is an original portion that has a nice salty licorice flavor. If you like licorice, this will be your snus.
Haven’t tried the new General Mint Long or the Grov Stark Original yet. One is probably minty the other is probably strong.
Here’s the display for General Tailored. You can buy a General Tailored suit jacket, shoes and tie. No pants or underwear, though. Kind of a risque outfit, if you ask me…
Bad pic, I know. My camera is at the new place. But anyway, this is the General Waterproof Edition. It holds a pack of snus. It floats on water. Perfect for snusing in the pool, lake, ocean, bath tub, rain, toilet, or wherever else you find water or water-like substances.
More details and analysis to come.
I’m quickly running out of snus. I ordered 2 rolls of General White from Northerner’s US warehouse a couple weeks ago, which may have been its last sale of General to the EU because it’s no longer listed.
The snus hasn’t shown up yet. But don’t blame Northerner. It was shipped quickly. I know it takes a while for snus to float over the ocean, so I’ve been patient. I think.
Then this morning: Postal strike leaves letters in limbo
So I counted up my snus. 9 cans.
I feel impoverished.
Only one thing to do at this point…
Go get snus.
So in 8 days, I’m going to Stockholm for the weekend. If you have any suggestions as to what I should do while I am there, let me know.
This past week I moved from Austin to Berlin.
This makes getting snus more difficult due to the fuckknuckles in Belgium, but also puts Sweden a short flight away. I’ll have more good shit soon. Right now, I’m testing snus delivery to the EU via the US. Anyone who has experience with this, please let me know…
Right now, I can tell you this: Not one person asked me about any of the shit I brought through customs. I happened to be within the limits — a quickly dwindling supply — but I could have (and should have?) brought so much more…
Another mint snus to try, this one is kinda cool. I’ve said before how I like the idea behind strong mini snus. By my math this is the second one from Swedish Match after the January 2012 release of General Strong Mini. Like that one, this new Catch has 0.5 grams per portion and is 1.2% nicotine, giving you 6 mg of nicotine per portion. That’s a little lighter that the average portion, which comes in at 7.2 mg these days.
This snus has pure peppermint flavor on top of a mild tobacco taste. It’s not sweet at all and feels like it might in fact hit a little harder than a regular portion. This would be a great snus for dating an anti-tobacco zealot. You could hide this small but satisfying snus in your face while smooching, and she’d just wonder how you kept your breath so fresh and so minty.