I suck at loose snus. Because of that, I kind of hate it, too. But I think it’s good to practice using it every once in a while, which is why I’m always happy when Kardus shows up at the door. Now at nearly $1 per gram, it may seem like a stupid snus to practice with, but I think the price tag creates additional incentive to get it right.
As I mentioned previously, Kardus Cincho is made with Spanish tobacco and a Spanish booze called Jerez (Sherry). I decided I needed to get a bottle Oloroso Jerez to try with this snus. So I went to the mega liquor store, found a guy works there and said, “Hello sir, I’d like your finest Oloroso Jerez.”
Turns out they had one kind, Matusalem Oloroso Dulce Viejo 30 years, so I bought it.
The Jerez in Kardus Cincho is not sweet, and I’m no fan of sweet booze, but this is the only Oloroso Jerez in town, it seems.
It reminds me of port. But frankly, I suck at wine tasting. You could serve me vinegar, and I’d probably think it was drinkable. So I liked this stuff, despite its sweetness, and perhaps it’s sweetness will add to the character of the Kardus.
The wine doctor has a good writeup on this booze:
The nose is simply delightful; it seduces with aromas of toffee, walnut, raisins and more, before revealing the note of axle grease (yes, I mean axle grease) that belies the presence of Pedro Ximénez, the universal Spanish sweetener. This is a fine and beguiling panoply of aromas. There follows an appealing palate, displaying all the richness that the nose suggests, but paradoxically very structured with, despite the creamy tenderness, a very dry feel through the midpalate and finish.
While the box on Kardus is very cool, it’s also kind smells strongly of wood stain or some such shit, and it’s best to get it away from your snus once you’ve opened it.
Now for Kardus Cincho porn.
Oooh take it off.
That’s a cat arm in there.
Each canister of Kardus Cincho is dated and signed. I think my is signed by JZ, maybe?
The cat is very interested in Kardus Cincho.
The booklet that comes with Kardus contains a recipe for the perfect gazpacho soup. woot.
And the snus.
As you can see, this does not look like regular loose snus, in that this still resembles tobacco leaves. It’s fluffy, but still seems to hold together fairly well. Maybe I’m getting better at this loose shizzle.
The Kardus lightly smells of Jerez, but I mostly get a tobacco smell from the snus. While I can smell Jerez, I can’t really taste it. There’s some slight fruitiness to the flavor, but tobacco is mostly what I taste.
Finally, this stuff is pretty strong. It’s more than twice as strong as a regular-strength Swedish Match Snus. General Mint Classic White, which I just happen to have lying around, is 0.8% nicotine. At 0.9 grams per portion, that gives us 7.2 mg of nicotine per portion. If you were to pinch 0.9 grams of Kardus Cincho, you’d get 15.3 mg of nicotine, as it is 1.7%.