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    XQS nicotine pouches

    XQS Nicotine Pouches Product Review

    Written by: Louise Johnson



    Time to read 10 min

    By Louise Johnson

    Louise is a senior product tester for Two Wombats, with extensive experience in testing a range of nicotine products such as gum, patches and pouches. She is passionate about helping people make informed decisions about the products they use.

    Additional Testing by Stephen, James, and Clare

    Introduction to XQS

    XQS nicotine pouches have proudly championed the pouch movement since way back in 2005. Based in Dalarna, Sweden, XQS is fiercely committed to offering the greatest flavours on the market. The brand’s ethos revolves around four key pillars: Passion, Experience, Vision, and Responsibility, reflecting XQS’s commitment to its customers. Join XQS for an elevated and purely Swedish nicotine pouch experience!

    XQS nicotine pouches give you the "excuse" (XQS, get it?) you've been looking for to kick that smoking habit! At a featherlight 0.5g per pouch, these pouches are so light under your lip that you'll forget they're even there! They’re discreet no matter your location or who you’re with.

    What else makes XQS nicotine pouches stand out, you ask? As we said, XQS isn't the new kid on the block like many of the other brands out there. Nope, the company has been around the sun nearly 20 times since popping onto the scene. That's right—almost 20 years of mastering the art of nicotine pouches! That longevity proves that XQS has a treasure trove of insights and know-how that only comes with time.

    Another thing that sets XQS nicotine pouches apart is the brand’s borderline obsession with flavours. XQS is like a culinary genius when it comes to nicotine pouches, constantly experimenting and perfecting. From the purest of dark cherries to the richest of toffees, XQS ensures that every pouch is like a party in your mouth.

    XQS’s canisters are also recyclable, which showcases the brand’s commitment to eco-friendly practices. So you can feel good about that!

    XQS Nicotine Pouches – Look & Feel

    Now, let's talk about the canisters that house XQS nicotine pouches. These lightweight champions weigh in at a mere 27.7g, making them the perfect plus-one for all your adventures.

    On top of that, each canister is visually gorgeous, sporting a colour design so vibrant that you’ll think you’ve stumbled upon a summer rainbow. Take Winter Green, for instance, which rocks a cool light blue and red palette that's nothing short of stunning. Then there's Blueberry Mint, with its dazzling dark blue and purple combo reminiscent of a summer night’s sky.

    Each can is a tiny masterpiece—a celebration of colour that will make your nicotine pouch experience about a zillion times cooler. 🎨

    XQS Nicotine Pouches

    All XQS nicotine pouches weigh a mere 0.5g, meaning you’ll barely feel them when you slide them under your lip. 

    Furthermore, every XQS canister contains precisely 20 pouches, aligning with industry standards. It's as if XQS nicotine pouches were custom-crafted for your daily rhythm, ensuring a seamless experience tailored to your preferences!

    XQS Flavours: What's Available and What's Good?

    Welcome, flavour seekers! XQS nicotine pouches are some of the most refined products on the market—a testament to the brand’s willingness to please your taste buds. XQS’s passion lies in the intricate art of blending and crafting tastes that tantalise your palate.

    For instance, picture the boldest, darkest, most charming cherry at the market. That is Black Cherry . It’s sweet with a hint of playful tartness, all enveloped in a luscious dark exterior. Berry lovers will obsess over this flavour.

    Next, there’s the calming and soothing Elderflower , which gracefully showcases its delicate floral essence. This flavour is a refreshing rural retreat, offering a touch of sweetness and a breeze of sophistication.

    Lastly, Soft Toffee is XQS’s epitome of smoothness. Indulge in this rich, creamy delight without feeling any of the guilt that comes along with a sugary dessert. The Soft Toffee flavour will make you feel like you’re snuggling up with your favourite blanket in flavour form.

    Keep reading to hear more about the specific tasting notes in the other flavours of XQS nicotine pouches!

    the range of flavours available

    Performance: Does XQS Hit the Spot?

    For those seeking light and medium-strong strengths in their pouches, XQS nicotine pouches offer two excellent options. The brand recognises that some prefer a gentle approach to nicotine, so it provides a delicate 4mg-per-pouch option for a chill experience. For those desiring a stronger kick, XQS’s robust 10mg-per-pouch option ensures a more intense sensation. (Please note that the Two Wombats team exclusively stocks XQS’s 10mg option.)

    In alignment with the popular Dot system, XQS simplifies your choices. Those new to the brand can opt for the Slim 2/5 Dot for a subtle touch or the Slim 4/5 Dot for a bolder experience. All flavours at XQS are offered in both the Slim 2/5 Dot (4mg per pouch) and the Slim 4/5 Dot (10mg per pouch).

    Still confused? Here’s a quick refresher on the strength levels available in XQS nicotine pouches:

    Slim 2/5 Dot → 4mg of nicotine per pouch (not available at Two Wombats)

    Slim 4/5 Dot → 10mg of nicotine per pouch


    XQS nicotine pouches have been around for a long time. Before most people even knew what nicotine pouches were, XQS was in the lab, concocting delightfully sweet flavours. And boy, are some of these flavours ever sweet! If you’re more of a savoury person, you probably will not love the XQS brand.

    One of my favourite things about XQS is that they offer all their flavours in both 4mg and 10mg options. (Although I know Two Wombats only stocks the 10mg option.) That sort of variety means that both beginners and pouch aficionados can find something to enjoy here! Also, I have to touch on those canister designs. They’re extremely colourful and downright stunning.

    Now, before we look at some reviews from our panel testers, here’s a quick breakdown of how I would rate XQS nicotine pouches:

    Taste: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Flavour Range: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Nicotine Strength: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Design: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.7/5

    XQS Panel Test Reviews

    We tested XQS nicotine pouches with Stephen, James, and Clare, each of whom has experience with nicotine products. All were impressed.

    * The views of the panel are entirely their own and may not reflect the views of Two Wombats

    Stephen's Review of XQS

    Overall: XQS is easily one of my favourite brands. As those of you who’ve been following along with our taste testing probably know, I have a BIG sweet tooth. And XQS certainly caters to those with a BIG sweet tooth. Adding to my infatuation with the brand was their downright gorgeous canisters. Without a doubt, they are some of the most stunning canisters I’ve come across. The colours blend together so magically—you’ll get lost in them if you spend long enough staring.

    1. Unbelievable flavours from XQS. Dark Cherry, Blueberry Mint, and Orange Apple were some of my favourites.
    2. Lovely nicotine strengths. It’s nice that they offer both 4mg and 10mg options in each flavour.
    3. Again, that design! Wow, is it ever beautiful. 

    1. Struggling to come up with anything here!


    Taste: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Flavour Range: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Nicotine Strength: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Design: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    James' Review of XQS

    Overall: XQS has a lot going for it, for sure. The design of the canisters is beautiful—some of the nicest I’ve ever come across. And many of the flavours are delicious too. It’s also nice to come across a brand with so much experience. You get the sense that they know what they’re doing. The main downside, though, for me, is that many of their flavours are really quite sweet. Too sweet.

    1. The canisters are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I remember a friend of mine once having an XQS can, and it immediately caught my eye. I was like, ‘What’s that?’
    2. It’s nice they offer all flavours in their 10mg option. I need that added kick.
    3. The Citrus Orange flavour is astoundingly good.

    1. Some of these flavours are seriously sweet. If you prefer more savoury tones or something less sweet, this likely is not the brand for you.
    2. 10mg still isn’t necessarily the strongest. I’d prefer something even stronger than this, to be honest. Although it was still nice!


    Taste: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    Flavour Range: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    Nicotine Strength: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    Design: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Overall: ⭐⭐⭐ 3.5/5

    Clare's Review of XQS

    Overall: This is certainly a brand I’ve come to adore. They’re not my favourite because they don’t offer a ton of minty options, but I still like them A LOT. The fruity choices are downright delightful. And they offer every single one of their flavours in a 4mg option. That’s incredible! I honestly don’t understand why more brands don’t do the same thing.

    But the best thing about XQS has got to be the design of their canisters. These cans have some absolutely stunning colour palettes! 

    1. Love that the canisters are recyclable!
    2. The design. So, so picturesque.
    3. The flavour range is quite delightful! It’s mostly sweet/fruity, but they still have a couple of minty options.
    4. The 4mg nicotine strength is ideal for those who want something lighter!

    1. Some of the flavours are just a wee bit too sweet for me. Sorry to say!


    Taste: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Flavour Range: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Nicotine Strength: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Design: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.5/5

    XQS Product Taste Test:

    XQS Black Cherry Flavour

    Stephen: The Black Cherry was an absolute delight. It had a rich, fruity essence that felt like a treat. Now I’m craving a cherry smoothie! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    James: Although I’m not generally a fan of such sweet flavours, the depth of the cherry here was pleasantly surprising. It’s nice and tart, too. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Clare: Enjoyed the bold cherry notes a lot. It was really bursting with flavour, and there was some tartness to it as well. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.3/5

    XQS Blueberry Mint Flavour

    Stephen: This harmonious blend of blueberry and mint ticked all the right boxes for me. It was sweet but refreshing. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    James: The mint offset the sweetness of the blueberries well. There was a balance to the flavours that I appreciated. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Clare: This was everything I adore! The fusion of mint with the lush blueberry flavour was absolutely delightful. Tart, sweet, and refreshing! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.7/5

    XQS Cactus Sour Flavour

    Stephen: Intriguing is the word to describe this flavour. It was a bit too sour for me. And I’m not really sure how to describe the cactus. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    James: I actually enjoyed this a decent bit. The cactus has a slight citrusy taste to it. It’s definitely on the sour side, though. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Clare: While interesting, I found myself overwhelmed by the sour taste. It’s an adventurous choice for those looking to try something unique. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3.3/5

    XQS Elderflower Flavour

    Stephen: The elderflower flavour was light and subtly sweet. There are some tropical notes in there too. It captures the essence of summer and is a refreshing choice for sure. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    James: I found the Elderflower flavour to be too sweet. It actually surprised me how sweet it was. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    Clare: There is a blend of lovely floral and fruity tastes in here. I swear I picked up on some lychee! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 3.7/5

    XQS Fizzy Cola Flavour

    Stephen: I’m never the biggest fan of cola flavours, and this one didn’t quite do it for me either. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    James: Surprisingly, I found the fizziness quite intriguing. And there were some nice complex vanilla notes. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Clare: Fun and different! I love having a soda every once in a while, and this satisfied my desires. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 3.7/5

    XQS Orange Apple Flavour

    Stephen: A fun, zesty twist on fruit flavours that beautifully marries orange and apple. Sweet and refreshing! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    James: The citrusy punch was right up my alley. And the apple adds a nice sharp touch. One of my favourites for sure! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Clare: The vibrant taste of orange and apple was thoroughly enjoyable. It was tart and sharp and puckery all at once! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.7/5

    XQS Soft Toffee Flavour

    Stephen: Rich and creamy, XQS’s Soft Toffee is like dessert in a pouch. There are some slight salty notes too! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    James: I like the saltiness of it but was overwhelmed by the sweetness. Doesn’t help that I used to despise toffee candies growing up. Rating: ⭐⭐ 2/5

    Clare: A bit too sweet and lacking in the refreshing qualities I usually look for. I feel like this is an ‘acquired taste’ flavour. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    XQS Twin Apple Flavour

    Stephen: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Twin Apple somehow had a bit too much apple for me! It’s really tart! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

    James: Liked the depth provided by mixing two types of apples. The tartness really complimented the sourness and sweetness. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Clare: Delicious and fruity! Felt like I was strolling through an orchard with this pouch. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 3.7/5

    XQS Wintergreen Flavour

    Stephen: Really lovely mint notes in here. There was also a touch of sweetness that added to the experience. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    James: The cool, minty essence of wintergreen was quite enjoyable. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

    Clare: Huge winner for me! The Wintergreen flavour from XQS was absolutely invigorating and so refreshing. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

    Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.3/5

    The Wombat Verdict – The XQS Range

    XQS nicotine pouches have been around for a while—and the brand’s experience is quite evident. These pouches are truly delightful and especially cater to those with a sweet tooth. And with two different nicotine strength choices to choose from, XQS truly offers a little something for everyone!