A few weeks back I ran across a new smokeless alternative called Jake’s Mint Chew. I reached out to the folks at Jake’s and they were gracious enough to get me some samples so I could give some product reviews. With that said… here goes!
Straight Mint – Not a great pack, but outstanding flavor. Despite the fact that it didn’t pack great it held together quite well in my mouth and produced a good amount of saliva. Not quite as “pungent” as Skoal Mint but a much more “mild” flavor. Great smell. Has more of a “shredded” look to it similar to what I remember Hawkin being. Overall a good chew.
Cinnamon – I’m not a big “flavored” dip guy but this is pretty damn good. Reminds me of a cinnamon Altoid which is a good thing. The can that I got was packed to the GILLS so there was really no need to pack the tin. I’ve found that all “flavored” chews have a tendency to lose their flavor quicker than your “normal” chews and this was no exception. Not a knock on Jake’s but just flavored chews in general.
Natural Spearmint – Great spearmint flavor. Really reminds me of the Skoal Spearmint. Again with the can it was really loaded so the pre-open pack was irrelevant. This flavor seems to be much moister, finer and “softer” than the first two I’ve tried. Long lasting flavor with good “spitability”. A very good chew.
Licorice - As I said before, I’m not a big flavored dip guy but this was a nice departure from the normal stuff. If you’ve ever had Blackjack Chewing gum it reminded me quite a bit of that gum. For a flavored dip this one lasts quite a long time.
Wintergreen – I saved this flavor for last cause I was a Kodiak Wintergreen guy. This has a very good wintergreen flavor though it’s tough to say which brand of wintergreen it’s closest to. It’s too “sweet” to mimic Kodiak, but doesn’t have that “metallic” flavor that I always got from Skoal Wintergreen.
Overall – Jake’s offers a slightly smaller can than my Kodiak, but still gives that inviting feel of the can in your pocket. It’s a 1.2 oz can with ingredients, flavor, logo and website imprinted on the can. Each flavor has a different color can/packaging. While it doesn’t pack all that well, it holds together very well in your mouth. There’s not a lot of floating bits and pieces to get lost or God forbid work their way down to the back of your throat where you have no choice but to swallow or hack them up. I see good things on the horizon for this new player to the smokeless alternative scene.
You can find Jake’s on the web at http://www.jakesmintchew.com/
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