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  • How do you get flavor or "taste" from Snus?

    I live in the U.S. and tried snus for the first time (General mint). All I got from it was a mild burn on my inner upper lip and a head rush 10 minutes later. In other words, there was no flavor or taste. If no saliva is involved how do you get any taste or flavor from snus?

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    Welcome to Snuson. The short answer is "you don't". The snus needs saliva to work its magic.

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    • #3
      Thanks. I guess the question then is how do you generate saliva when the pouch sticks to your lip like a piece of sandpaper.

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      • #4
        you don't know how to generate saliva?

        Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of the people I killed because they were annoying......


        I've been wrong lots of times. Lots of times I've thought I was wrong only to find out that I was right in the beginning.

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        • #5
          Hi Jayafink! Welcome to SnusOn. Good to have you here.

          I see PP's been helping you out there. I just thought I would throw in my thoughts too. Hopefully it's useful to you.


          The flavour that you get from Swedish snus can be quite subtle when compared to other smokeless tobacco products, which you do get used to and appreciate over time, but meanwhile here are some suggestions that might help :-

          1) Try lightly moistening the portion with your tongue before placing it under your lip.

          2) Try Original (brown) portion snus. White Portion snus (the General Mint that you have) is drier than Original (brown) portion snus.

          If you like mint flavour maybe try -
          Oden's Cold Portion
          Offroad Frosted

          or if you would like more nicotine you could try -
          Jakobsson's Mint Strong Portion

          or for even more nicotine -
          Nick & Johnny Crushed Ice Xtra Strong
          Odens Cold Extra Strong
          Thunder Cool Mint (Extra Strong)

          and even more -
          Odens Extreme Cold Portion
          Odens Extreme Double Mint Portion

          and the strongest :-) (nicotine) -
          Siberia -80°C Brown Power Portion

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          • #6
            Thanks, and to the other person of course I know how to generate saliva. I did quite a bit before putting the pouch in but it still dried up quickly. I will keep trying. Maybe my body is just reacting to having something unfamiliar in my mouth and is causing it to dry out too quickly (I was not a dipper before trying snus). Also, thanks for the suggestions of other flavors. I will place a bulk order and give them a try.

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            • #7
              Hey Jayafink. Welcome.
              Just to give my 2 cents. I assume your using portions. With portions I just put them in my lower lip. you get lots of saliva and flavor that way. That being said I also never spit with snus either portions or loose. With more saliva being produced in the lower lip , this may be a problem if you spit and you want to remain discreet. Like I said just my 2 cents.
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              • #8
                The real answer ... because taste is the sensation on the tongue, and aroma or smell is the sensation in the nose ... is that all snus tastes, salty and slightly bitter ... what people are referring to when they talk about taste is the aroma or smell. If you are upper-lipping the snus in a traditional way, you can get the aroma much better if you blow air in to your upper lip (inflating it with a closed mouth) a few times. This releases all the aromatic compounds in whichever snus you have there and you can identify the aromas as they go up in to the nose (the nose is the chimney of the mouth and 99% of the taste of foods you chew is identified there) ... so just puff up your upper lip several times to experience that lovely taste.
                Squeezyjohn

                Sometimes wrong and sometimes right .... but ALWAYS certain!!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SnusOn.Com View Post
                  Hi Jayafink! Welcome to SnusOn. Good to have you here.

                  I see PP's been helping you out there. I just thought I would throw in my thoughts too. Hopefully it's useful to you.


                  The flavour that you get from Swedish snus can be quite subtle when compared to other smokeless tobacco products, which you do get used to and appreciate over time, but meanwhile here are some suggestions that might help :-

                  1) Try lightly moistening the portion with your tongue before placing it under your lip.

                  2) Try Original (brown) portion snus. White Portion snus (the General Mint that you have) is drier than Original (brown) portion snus.
                  This^^^

                  The whole point of the white portions is to produce less saliva and thus reduce the need to spit. Thus snus can be used more discretely in a variety of settings

                  That said, making sure your mouth is hydrated and also putting the portion on your tongue to moistening it up a bit will help open up the flavor (or scent if you prefer SJ's take on the matter---by the way good to see you Squeezy!!!!). I find with a lighter snus that once you have identified flavor (gotten flavor initially) it is much easier to find it in the future......your nose/moth know what they are looking for.

                  Anyway, keep us posted on how it goes and welcome to the forum mate!
                  When it's my time to go, I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my uncle did....... Not screaming in terror like his passengers

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                  • #10
                    yes you said right i agree with you thanks for answer

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