Smokey Mountain Snuff Review

I’m a big fan of smokeless alternatives (fake dip).  Whenever I’m asked if folks should utilize it during their quit, I always answer a resounding “yes”.  I’ve often said that I’d rather chew a can of fake every day for the rest of my days than ever have another dip of Kodiak.  Personally I chewed about a can per day for the first 200+ days of my quit.  And the overwhelming majority of those cans were Smokey Mountain Chew.

It’s taken me a long time to get here (hell… I announced this particular review way back in July!) but it’s finally here.  Smokey Mountain – http://www.smokeymountainsnuff.com/ – was my fake brand of choice for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s available in most WalMart locations nationwide and it also happened to be available in a local Giant Eagle.  Second, I’d actually tried is WAY back in the day during one of my numerous failed quit attempts so I had some familiarity with the product.  That being said, I hadn’t really revisited it since about day 200 or so of my quit (I’m up over 2,200 now) so I was pretty excited to give it another shot.

Initial Impressions

WOW.  Talk about an upgrade over the years!  I remember Smokey Mountain being a little on the drier side with not a bunch of flavors to choose from (this was back in 2006).  I’m thrilled to say that not only was every can that I sample SUPER moist, but some of the newer flavors were some of my favorites!  Even before popping open the cans I could tell right away that I was in for some great flavor based on the smells that were coming out of the can.  All cans have a “best if used by” date printed on the bottom which I always appreciate with my fake chews.  I have a feeling that MUCH of the product I tried back in 2006 was well beyond these dates.

The Smokey Mountain products that I sampled are right up there in the discussion of “closest to the real thing”.  For some folks this is just what they’re looking for and for others it can be a slippery slope.  Smokey Moutain is also probably the closest thing to “long cut” that you’ll find on the market.  Good stuff.  Before we get started with the review, you may want to check out the ingredients list for these products.  Ready?  Onward…

Smokey Mountain Cherry

I’ve said it in many of my reviews but I don’t really consider myself a big “flavored dip guy”.  That said, as I move on in my quit I find that I’m liking them more and more.  This one has an outstanding cherry flavor that is incredibly long lasting.  I had a period where I was a Skoal Cherry guy for about a year in high school and this brought back some of those memories.  This was a very nice and soft cherry chew and a great start to the Smokey Mountain offerings.

Smokey Mountain Grape

Next up was Grape.  I’ve never had a grape chew so I’ll be honest… I was a bit worried.  I’m happy to report that this was actually one of my favorites.  Once again very moist with great spitibility and a long lasting chew.  I’m not sure that I would have liked this so much right after I quit (being a Kodiak Wintergreen guy and all) but now that I’m more than a few years into my quit this is a nice treat.  If Big Tobacco is going after flavored chews then you know there are people out there addicted to it.  It’s awesome that there’s an alternative for them.  Thumbs up.

Smokey Mountain Wintergreen

Part of the reason that I chewed so much Classic back in the day was that I really didn’t like the Wintergreen.  It was a bit too much “Skoal Wintergreen” for my liking.  I’m happy to say that this particular flavor has gotten a major upgrade over the years.  This one will probably rival Hooch Wintergreen as my favorite Wintergreen alternative on the market.  Wow… just wow.

Smokey Mountain Arctic Mint

This has a nice smell upon opening the can.  Flavor it good as well, but a bit “sweeter” than I’d prefer for my mint alternative.  Still a nice chew, but probably my least favorite of the bunch.  That said, still a nice mint chew.

Smokey Mountain Arctic Mint Pouches

At this point I decided to switch it up a bit and try the pouch offerings from Smokey Mountain Snuff.  Overall both were very nice.  2 pouches is a perfect “pick me up” for me.  All pouch varieties across all the brands I’ve tried (regardless of flavor) taste pretty similar to me.  That said, I’m loving pouches these days.  I can’t say that this one really reminds me of the Arctic Mint flavor all that much.  It’s very different from that, but still very good.

Smokey Mountain Wintergreen Pouches

These were nice as well, but were very similar to the Arctic Mint version.  I keep these in my truck and use them as mints!

Smokey Mountain Classic

This was totally a throw back for me.  Totally brought back memories of the earlier days of my quit.  I remember going into Giant Eagle and getting cans and cans of Classic just to get me through the day.  This one still has a nice classic flavor and was much moister than I remember it being.  It also had more “kick” than I remember (due to the cayenne pepper).  I can’t say which brand this most closely resembles (I wouldn’t say Copenhagen) but I can say it’s a mighty fine chew.

Smokey Mountain Peach

I wanted to break up Classic and Straight and I figured what better than something completely different.  Like the rest, this one has a great flavor & smell right out of the can.  This is a big sweet for my tastes, but I have to say that it was very pleasant.  Not quite as moist as the other flavors I’d tried but still a nice departure from my normal chew and a great “palette cleanser” to put between Classic and Straight.

Smokey Mountain Straight

This one has a nice “warm” flavor that while similar to Classic is definitely different.  I really believe that if you’re going to offer different flavors they should actually be different.  Smokey Mountain does that nicely here.  This is SPOT ON to a flavor in my past, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it is.  If I was a betting man, I’d say Skoal Straight.

The Pros

  • Very close to long cut real tobacco that’s out there 
    (NOTE: This is listed as both a pro and a con
    .)
  • Great pack and spitibility
  • Most flavors are very long lasting
  • Availability (national distribution in WalMart, grocery stores, etc.)

The Cons

  • Very close to long cut real tobacco that’s out there
    (NOTE: This is listed as both a pro and a con.)
  • Some flavors are too “sweet” for my liking
  • Pouches require multiple to get any real flavor

Overall

Overall I was incredibly impressed with Smokey Mountain.  In general they offer outstanding smells and flavor profiles couple with a long lasting chew.  All products tested had great spitibility and they were much softer and moister than I remember.  This is very close to the real thing which for me is a great thing but for some may be a slipperly slope.  It’s also the closest thing to a “long cut” that I’ve found.

Original story can be found at: http://blog.killthecan.org/2012/09/smokey-mountain-snuff-review/

Written by: Chewie

Website: www.KillTheCan.org