Back tonight with a review of a new product from one of the original players in the smokeless alternative market – BaccOff. The folks at BaccOff were on a mission to create a pouch alternative that tastes as close to the real thing as possible. I’m happy to say that I think they were very successful. You can check out my previous BaccOff reviews below:
Before I get started with my review of the new Gen II BaccOff Pouches, I wanted to share an excerpt from a letter sent by Dipstop President Russell Ralston to his BaccOff customers:
We are proud to announce that we are launching our all new line of BaccOff pouches. Due to problems with our old pouch flavoring company we were forced to develop new flavoring for our pouch line. We are calling our new line of pouches and flavors BaccOff Gen II Pouches.
For almost 25 years we have been on the forefront of innovation in the non-tobacco industry and the Gen II pouch line represent the most advanced flavors and technical innovation the non-tobacco world has ever seen, so much so that many production aspects are covered by patents pending. Gen II pouches are the culmination of two years of work and development by many, many people as well as a substantial monetary investment on our part. All to ensure you receive the best, most technologically advanced pouch possible.
The new pouches will have a better seal and larger size that is more similar to the size of the pouches tobacco companies use. By putting more tea in the pouches we can add more flavor which will make your pouch last longer. While the number of pouches in the can has decreased slightly the overall weight of the pouches in the can has increased greatly.
There are five new cans being released. As of today we have released the Wintergreen and Mint but within the next three weeks we expect to release the Natural which has a strong cope taste, the Straight which will be similar to a Skoal straight and an Apple.
We thank all of you so much for choosing BaccOff and giving us the opportunity to bring you the best quality non-tobacco snuff in the world.
With that, let’s get on to the review.
Classic Straight BaccOff Pouches
I started in with the Classic Straight Pouches. GREAT smell upon popping open the can. Spot on to a classic straight tobacco smell. These pouches are VERY moist which is a great thing. In fact, they’re so moist that when you pick them up you’ve got quite a bit of moisture left behind on your fingers. These produce a lot of dark brown saliva and this variety really does taste like tobacco which I really appreciate. I’m not sure exactly which brand I’d say this tastes most like. Probably somewhere between Copenhagen and Skoal Straight. Great start.
Classic Mint BaccOff Pouches
Next up were the Classic Mint Pouches. Once again a nice smell and flavor though I have to say this isn’t quite as “minty” as I was expecting. I think this may be because many of the mint products out there tend to be a tad bit overpowering for my liking. This one is more muted which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It just wasn’t quite what I was expecting. If I’m putting this in the Mint spectrum it’s somewhere between Skoal Mint and Skoal Spearmint, leaning closer toward the Mint.
Classic Wintergreen Pouches
Last up on my review plate were the Classic Wintergreen Pouches. As you may know I was a long time Kodiak Wintergreen guy so I tend to either start or end with Wintergreen flavors as I know them the best. This one is once again nice and moist and has a smell that is damn near perfect for Skoal Wintergreen Bandits. The taste here is reminiscent of Renegades pouches. Back in my original BaccOff review I described the Wintergreen Pouches as being, “A bit weird, but very comforting.” This was a huge upgrade. Great way to end.
BaccOff has also promised Apple and Natural flavors in this new Gen II pouch line. I’ll try to get my hands on some and give you my thoughts shortly.
Some alternatives are going for big non-traditional flavors. Others are going for “true to tobacco flavor”. BaccOff listened to what their users wanted to made a product line that is VERY true to real tobacco both in flavor and texture. These Gen II pouches are bigger than their previous counterparts and are very moist which is a great thing. Best of all they really do taste quite a bit like their tobacco counterparts. If I were ranking these three I’d put Wintergreen at the top, followed by Classic and Mint but that certainly will come down to personal taste preference.
Special thanks to Russell and Will from BaccOff for providing samples for me to try and review.
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