Back today with a product review that candidly I never thought I’d be able to write. I’m here today talking about Black Buffalo ZERO NICOTINE and ZERO TOBACCO Pouches! https://www.blackbuffalo.com/ Why did I think I’d never be able to write this review? Well for years now I’ve been hearing about Black Buffalo in the comments here on the site as well as in my inbox. Black Buffalo has always had tobacco free products but they never had a NICOTINE free product. Until now!
As I said in a previous review it’s a GREAT time to be a quitter as there are some simply OUTSTANDING products coming to the market and there really is something for everyone.
PLEASE NOTE: This review ONLY pertains to the NICOTINE FREE (100% Ritual) version of these products. I have not, and will not try the versions of this product that contain nicotine.
According to their website the guys at Black Buffalo say, “You don’t necessarily love everything about smokeless tobacco. But it sure as hell is an enjoyable ritual. After years of dipping, we started looking for an all natural chewing tobacco substitute that was just as good as what we grew up on. Something that cut out the actual tobacco but still offered the same satisfaction.” I have to say, I think they nailed it. These pouches are SUPER similar to my memories of pouch products… right down to the ‘uh oh’ feeling when you swallow. More on that below.
Black Buffalo Initial Thoughts
I’ve sampled a ton of pouch products – I’m not sure what it was about these, but as soon as I popped them in something was ‘different’. I legit thought I was sucking on Skoal Bandit. I’m not sure if it’s was the smell, the texture of the pouch or the fact that these weren’t super moist or super dry like some other pouches. Most of the pouches that I try these days are actually meant to be swallowed (the juice… not the pouch). And while I’ve come to find out that these are safe to swallow as well, there’s just something ‘different’ about the juice that these produce.
Now that may not be the best thing for some quitters. There are some people that aren’t looking for something that’s really close to the real thing. But for those that are, these are spot on. Black Buffalo comes in a round, plastic can. Not the highest quality tin on the market, but not the flimsiest either. Not a ton of info on the package themselves – not even a ‘best by’ date that I always like to see.
As I said before, the pouches themselves are the same size, consistency and ‘moistness’ as a Skoal Bandit. The pouch material itself is nice and soft and doesn’t cause any gum irritation.
Below are my off the cuff notes from when I did my reviews…
Black Buffalo 100% Ritual Blood Orange Pouches
Started with the blood orange (before doing any research on the site). These aren’t the most moist nor are they the most dry pouches I’ve had. That said they produce a TON of saliva which I really like. I typically swallow when I’m using a pouch – when I swallowed these it really brought me back to the days of gutting Kodiak – not sure they ‘can’ be swallowed, I’ll have to check to see if you mention it on the site.
Flavor is really nice here – I don’t know of another alternative on the market that is a ‘blood orange’ which is always a nice spot to be. There are plenty of ‘citrus’ flavors out there but nothing that’s ‘orange’ and certainly nothing ‘blood orange’. I always test with two pouches which really packs a punch of flavor with your products. Pouch is nice and soft so I’d imagine gum irritation won’t be an issue with extended use.
Black Buffalo 100% Ritual Mint Pouches
Very nice product here as well. This would be a great sub for someone looking to emulate Skoal Mint Bandits. Ironically that’s the first dip I ever had back in 1990 at my first high school football game that was given to me by a guy who would end up being a quitter at KTC years later. Talk about full circle!
Black Buffalo Zero Nicotine Zero Tobacco Pouches are available on their website at https://blackbuffalo.com/. These are outstanding products that have a nice soft pouch and bold flavors. Of the two I reviewed, Blood Orange is at the top followed by Mint. Again, taste is 100% subjective so your mileage may vary. I would have liked to have seen a ‘best by’ date on the package and I had NO luck finding ingredients listed either on the package nor on their website which is kind of a bummer. That said, these are REALLY good substitute products especially for those quitters looking for something SUPER close to the real thing. Give these a shot – you won’t be disappointed. Overall, a strong recommend for the Blood Orange and I’d also give Mint a nod as well.
AUTHOR’S UPDATE: The guys at Black Buffalo pointed me to these passage on their site in response to my ingredients question – thanks again fellas!
Special thanks to the folks at Black Buffalo for providing me samples to try and review. In addition to their website, you can also find them on social at Facebook, Twitter @blackbuffaloinc or Instagram. Give them a like and a follow and tell em KillTheCan.org sent you!
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