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Noir is the second tobacco in our Nottingham Lace series, a selection of Perique tobacco. A smoky and smooth blend with a distinct Perique twang to it, this tobacco is very deep and rich. The use of a English style black Cavendish base, give this blend a creamy core with a woody and slightly smoky taste. A small amount of Turkish Izmir and various Gold Leaf Virginia's add a little sweetness and keeps the tobacco burning freely. The addition of Perique (10%) adds some spice and stewed fruit elements to the already complex flavours.

BrandGQ Tobaccos
Blended ByGlynn Quelch
Manufactured ByGlynn Quelch
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
Contents Black Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Tolerable
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thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (30)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

A stunning example of glynns blending prowess. A dark tobacco with an earthy musty aroma with packs and lights easily. The perique is easily detectable and although the tobacco burns freely it never makes the bowl hot or bite the tongue. I deliciously dark rich complex smoking pleasure that never overpowers. A solid four stars from me

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1241)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The Virginia is grassy and a little citrusy, acting mainly as a base for the other components to shine. The black cavendish is sweet without a trace of vanilla or bite. The Turkish Izmir is a team player, providing an obvious smokey, woodsy slightly sour flavor. The perique is raisiny, plum and peppery, more of the latter than the former. There are dried fruit notes that seem to come from the way the tobaccos are processed as well as from the perique. Some ingredients are more noticeable than others at different times, creating a nice complexity. Rich in flavor with a fair amount of strength, it’s creamy and smooth and burns well, cool and even with no dottle or harsh spots, and few relights.

4 people found this review helpful.

Harry Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harry (13)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Very Pleasant

This is yet another delightful blend from GQ. Darker, richer and more pungent than the Rouge, it gives a high level of rich, spicy taste and great aroma. The tang is sharp and pronounced and it has a good strength of character. The Perique comes across loud and clear. Wonderful aroma from the pouch and moisture and consistency to die for. Lovely, sweetness blending with the spice and pepper to make smoking this a true pleasure.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Askwith, Northern Briars

Age When Smoked: New from retailer

Purchased From: Direct from GQ

Similar Blends: Nottingham Rouge, but ramped up a level in taste, aroma and depth.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (586)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

GQ Tobaccos-Nottingham Lace : Noir. What a superb smoke! This is a PERFECTLY rounded blend, well perfect for me at least! The smell from the pouch is the ultimate insight into the smoke that is coming up. A full, pure and no nonsense tobacco journey. I find the moisture great, I don't have to dry it any but can fill and smoke straight from opening it. The flavour of the smoke is a fairly deep/complex one. Although there's Perique in it it's not a Perique powerhouse. I get a subtle spicy edge from the Perique but it leaves miles of room for the other flavours to come through. I taste a superb grass like quality from the Virginia, it's not too prominent however it's easy to notice. Of all the flavours I find the Cavendish to be the lightest. If I hadn't read it contains Cavendish there's a good chance I wouldn't have noticed it! The temperature of the smoke is good, even when I really draw hard it doesn't become hot. Tongue bite? There isn't any occurrence of this all the way through. On to nicotine now. It contains what I would describe as the absolute medium amount! It would satiate N lovers yet wouldn't upset taste only smokers! The room note is quite a busy one, all the tobaccos gain recognition well but it doesn't create plumes and plumes of smoke in the room. When I tried Nottingham Lace Rouge I new imminently it was a four star blend and the same applies to Nottingham Lace Noir. Four stars!

Pipe Used: Savinelli Roma

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

2 people found this review helpful.

SteveH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveH (30)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Fairly broad cut, browns and black.Smell: leather, dried fruit. Taste: dark, dry, rich, with a hint of liquorice. excellent. I didn't notice the perique, though.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ's website

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipeologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeologist (20)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I'm pulling and pulling and no bite.Woah! I really like this a lot.That silky creaminess married with at gentle smokiness makes this a real winner. Not an oriental hit by any means(most prevelent in Glynn's blends),but the perique and Virginia again come shining through,but subtlety.Like a smoked sausage on a barbecue ,before I became a veggie.Will probably get some more,unless I find that one which hits that spot.Nobody will find this helpful.

Pipe Used: Dunhill billiard

Age When Smoked: Still 63

Purchased From: GQ in the u.k .

1 person found this review helpful.