Gauntleys Of Nottingham El Picante Americana

A spicy powerhouse of a tobacco, made from 30% Perique with plenty of nutty/dry Burley & a helping of sweetned Virginias. Its starts off sweet and smooth but soon becomes a dry & spicy beast.


Brand Gauntleys Of Nottingham
Blended By Glynn Quelch / Gauntleys
Manufactured By  
Blend Type
Contents Burley, Perique, Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging Loose
Country United Kingdom
Production No longer in production


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 03, 2013 Strong Medium Full Pleasant
Over the time i have been pipe smoking i have noticed i have a thing for perique and after ordering some of my usual favourite smoke i decided to try one of glynns house blends.

Opening the pack there is a love sweet slightly savoury odour of maple a good staunch spicyness manifests itself but not overpoweringly so complimenting this is the nutty slightly chocolate like aromas of the burley and a slight sweetness of some virginias.

Loading it is very easy and takes flame like a charm.

The sweetness comes through first and over the course of the bowl it does become dry and spicy but burns very cool with next to no bite at all. It was too strong for me. But i get totally what glynn was trying to do here the qaulity of the tobacco is top notch and glynn is very passionate about his work.

Maybe i will come back to this tobacco in the future and give it another shot see if i can tame the strength who knows. But for pipers on here who love a good stout perique heavy blend this one is deffinitely for you.

Final thoughts are brilliant tobacco but a bit too strong for me personally
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 17, 2012 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable
I tried this blend in my search for the perfect Perique-heavy blend. Unfortunately, El Picante Americana is not it. For my palate, this is a pleasant but unremarkable smoke, although the maple topping does create some interest and sweetness.

While there is nothing really wrong with this blend, and I would happily smoke it if I received it as a gift, I will not be purchasing any more and as such can't in good conscience give it a 3 star rating. My tastes tend towards the more full-flavoured blends, and it's quite possible that this tobacco is a bit too nuanced for me to really enjoy.

Somewhat recommended, as the tobacco is of obviously high-quality, though not a blend I could see myself craving.
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