NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
In the ever burgeoning world of smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco is rapidly becoming one of the most popular alternatives. This new trend has seen a slew of companies and products hit shelves in the United Kingdom. These products have seen heavy use for decades in countries across Scandinavia. More often than not chew bags are made from tobacco and are flavoured oils (menthol and wintergreen variants being the most predominant). The newest contender into this crowded arena is YOYO, from Sweden.
YOYO are a brand that manufacture tobacco free chewing bags. In a previous blog we have looked at how these tobacco free products are made. To separate themselves from the competition YOYO has focused on creating unique and exciting flavours in a range of strengths from a modest 6 mg nicotine per gram to a whopping 20 mg of nicotine per gram. In the following we will introduce you to the five new flavours on offer.
GIN & TONIC
Mumbai is the lowest strength option on offer from YOYO at 6 mg of nicotine per gram. Gin & Tonic is the order of the day.
This flavour works well, providing subtle sweet botanical notes that hint of juniper from the gin.
A pleasing citrus taste, most notable of lime, that refreshes the palate.
Gin and tonic was first created by 19th century British officers in India as soldiers would be given gin rations and thus looked to make the drink more appealing.
As this is the lowest level of nicotine available this would be a good choice for newcomers to chew bags.
Havana is the second flavour by YOYO based off of a cocktail, the Cuban classic known as the mojito. This comes in at an easy going 8 mg of nicotine per gram.
These chew bags have a distinct flavour profile true to a mojito, sweet herbaceous mint intertwined with a sharp, cutting lime juice.
The rum is nuanced and hard to pick out, playing only a supporting role.
YOYO’s Havana definitely manages to imbue one with mental images of hot summers, sand and sea.
STRAWBERRY, MINT & LIME
London is medium-strength, with 12 mg of nicotine per gram. This is best for the intermediate. Unlike the previous two, London is not based off of a cocktail.
A fun, fresh and fruity palate cleanser that leads with a charming strawberry flavour up front. Lime, as with the previous products, is here to give it a refreshing taste that helps alleviate some of the burn from the nicotine.
The mint gives it the wonderful cooling sensation that one has come to expect from a chew bag.
New York is a stronger chew bag, with 15 mg of nicotine per gram this will be more suited to those who have experience with chew bags.
For the New York flavour, YOYO opted for a stripped back mint that is simple and sophisticated. This does not taste like a chewing gum style of mint or any other abstraction, rather it tastes like freshly picked wild mint.
YOYO’s New York, like the city itself, is brimming with character and style. The spicy yet sweet mint will have you in a place of unparalleled satisfaction.
LIQUORICE & MINT
Stockholm is our last stop. These strong Liquorice & Mint chew bags pack a whopping 20 mg of nicotine per gram, certainly not for the feint of heart.
Liquorice is extremely popular in Scandanavia, with people there loving it during the cold winters. This is because it has a handy tendency of raising blood pressure and thus warming up the user.
YOYO have meticulously paired their Swedish liquorice with a mellow mint that contrasts perfectly. The mint blends with the indulgent aniseed taste, a hint of salt is notable also.
As stated earlier the strength of these chew bags makes them only recommendable for those with previous experience of chew bags.
HOW TO USE CHEW BAGS
Chew bags are a discreet and easy way to get your nicotine fix.
Reasonably mess free, they come in a handy tub with a compartment for discarding used pouches at inconvenient times.
Keep in mind that although they are called chew bags, they are not to be constantly masticated. When using any chew bags just follow these simple instructions:
- Open the container and select your pouch, holding it between your index finger and thumb.
- Use your free hand to pinch your lip upward.
- Place the pouch between your lip and gums.
- Use your tongue to slide the pouch into position, either on the left or right side (not in the middle).
- Occasionally chew the bag lightly to release extra flavour.