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The first tobacco in the "Nottingham Lace" series, each tobacco is a VaPer (Virginia & Perique) with a different base Virginia/Cavendish. For the Rouge a fruity Red Virginia is used, which has a light alcohol topping. Addd to that is some deep rich and smoky Kentucky, this keeps the blend cool and slow burning. To give a little spice and some zing, Perique is added (16%). A fruity and spicy tobacco, with plenty of depth in not only flavour but body.

BrandGQ Tobaccos
Blended ByGlynn Quelch
Manufactured ByGlynn Quelch
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
Contents Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected, Mild, Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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Harry Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harry (13)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

Another lovely tobacco from GQ. Since discovering this unique blender/retailer, I've fallen in love with their tobaccos. Rouge gives a truly wonderful smoke. The tobacco has a sweet, aromatic aroma in the bag, lively and crisp, spicy and fruity. Moisture is perfect. No need to further rub out. It packs the bowl easily and comfortably. Lighting up gives lovely, clean smoke, fresh tasting and with that bite of spice from the Perique, coupled with the sweetness of the Virginias. Aroma/room note are exceptional, in my opinion. It stays lit, too and last evening I found I needed only one relight. A pepperiness comes through, but it is the sweetness that attracts as well. Sipping is recommended, as it could burn hot if you gulp at it. Strength is medium to full and the Perique adds that extra depth and dimension. Flavours, after the initial raw and fresh few puffs, settle down to a fuller, most satisfying sensation and the freshness continues but in a more mature way. More or less smoked the whole bowl and enjoyed every moment. I highly recommend this tobacco.

Pipe Used: Eltang Oscar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos direct

Similar Blends: GQ Nottingham Noir, which is stronger and spicier.

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1183)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The red Virginia is tangy, fruity sweet with some earth. The perique is as peppery as it is plumy, comprising 16% of the mixture. The Kentucky offers strength and a smokey quality with light spice and a hint of nut at times. I don’t know what the alcohol topping is, but it’s lightly applied, and doesn’t distract from the tobacco. Not a very complex blend, but it’s rich in taste and full of flavor with a moderate nic-hit. It’s not quite an all day smoke, but is a repeatable blend during your smoking day. Ribbon cut, it burns slow and even with a clean consistent flavor and no dottle.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (531)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

GQ Tobaccos-Nottingham Lace: Rouge. Sometimes certain blends make me think "four stars" on the first puff and this is unequivocally one of those blends! Although it has added flavouring I struggle to get much in the un-lit aroma, there's maybe a nebulous alcoholic twang. The blend holds a superb amount of moisture, it's not one that has to have time to sit and dry. The tobacco can be lit with great ease, a quick touch of the flame is all that's needed. To be fair, I know it states that there's the addition of alcohol in this but I really struggle to detect it, to me it's more of a Perique strong VaPer. The alcohol seems vacant in the room note too, it's quite a full tobacco note. Do you like nicotine? If your answer to that question is yes then I suspect that this will float your boat! This is one of those great blends where I can smoke bowl after bowl and not suffer bite once. Rating this blend is a real easy task. It's a remarkable blend that scores four stars. I would score it more if I could!!

Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

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