Wintergreen – This chew has a good smell and is very sweet. It’s got a Hawkin/candy taste to it and a slightly “gummy” feel to it but holds a pack very well in my mouth and doesn’t fall apart. From a consistency standpoint it’s very similar to the Mint Snuff that I’ve tried in the past. I tried this mixed with a couple splashes of hot sauce… That was not a great combination.
Licorice – This has a good flavor. It’s definitely not a “normal” flavor of dip for me, but a nice treat. Like the wintergreen flavor, it holds its pack very well.
Classic – I’m a wintergreen guy (or at least I was) so most “classic” flavors typically give me that “Cope shiver”. This one doesn’t which is a very good thing. This version of classic has a good “sweet” flavor that I really enjoyed. It’s difficult for me to really judge the flavor as i was a Kodiak wintergreen guy. I tried this mixed with vanilla extract and really enjoyed it. I need to be careful how much vanilla to use in the future. I really enjoyed this mixed with hot sauce. The sauce provided a “kick” that the product didn’t have without it.
Ginger Red – This is a nice twist. Great flavor that was surprisingly good. I’m not typically a big fan of flavored chews but this was good and held it’s flavor nicely. I tried this mixed with Jack Daniels and it added a nice kick to it (though in all honesty I’m a HUGE JD fan and that makes just about everything better 😉 )
Overall – For a chew that’s supposed to be mixed with other stuff it’s surprising that the cans are so full when you open them. Young’s Chew is meant to be used with the titration method of cessation (mixing it with tobacco in an effort to cut back). I obviously didn’t mix them with any tobacco but I did try some other household products: whiskey, Tabasco, vanilla extract, etc. I had the best luck when mixing the Licorice, Classic and Ginger Red flavors. Wintergreen is a tough flavor to mix with in my opinion. This may be due to the fact that I was a Wintergreen user.
Young’s is a very nice product and I’ll definitely use it again. It doesn’t generate as much spit a Hooch but considerably more than Mint Snuff. Hooch is still the closest to “real tobacco” but I don’t think Young’s is necessarily marketed that way – remember that its more of a product meant to be mixed with other stuff (either tobacco or other products). Personally I’m not a big fan of the titration method of quitting (mixing fake with tobacco) but if that’s your method of choice Young’s is a great mixer.
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