GQ Tobaccos No. 1 Clementines Nip

Custom Blend No.1. We take no credit over the creation of the blend, we have tweaked it a little and that’s all. Originally created by a customer, this is a blend of fine Lakeland and aromatic tobaccos with a good helping of perique. It is sweet, creamy, spicy, earthy and very, very delicious. Virginia, black cavendish, Kentucky, perique and some Cuban cigar leaf makes this a unique tobacco. The addition of caramel, coconut and classic Lakeland floral flavours. Mouth watering from start to finish, we love this stuff and just had to make this stunning mixture.


Brand GQ Tobaccos
Series Custom Blends
Blended By Glynn Quelch
Manufactured By Glynn Quelch
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Cigar Leaf, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Caramel, Cocco, Floral Essences
Cut Mixture
Packaging Bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production No longer in production


Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.88 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 06, 2014 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant
This is one of the strangest blends I've ever encountered. The pouch note is dominated by a vanilla/coconut-y scent that made me think this is just what I DIDN'T want. After the first match, I realized I was wrong. CN does indeed have the ever popular vanilla/coconut flavourings, but after the first puff I was hit with a floral sweetness that worked amazingly well with the afore mentioned flavourings. Ribbons, broken flake, and small chopped pieces of cigar leaf make the blend visually attractive. As for the taste, well, CN is like a bull in the china shop of aromatic tobaccos. Full, flavourful, and potent, this will satisfy the craving while pleasing those around you. A very pleasing, complex blend that I'd smoke all the day long were it readily available here. Highest recommendation for those who love full aromatic/scented tobaccos. Very well done Glynn.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 13, 2014 Medium Mild Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong
Just looking at the blend and its mixture, it's hard to remember what exactly is in it [you've read the description, right?!], but for me, it's the addition of *visible* cigar leaf that shines through.

As I smoke this now, yes, I get the Lakeland tastes, and the perique is definitely there, enhanced and complimented by the cigar leaf. There is a sweetness in this tobacco [I pick up Clementine/orangey citrus as the last/aftertaste], but it's a sweet spiceyness, which after puffing for a while, will turn into a creamy taste. I can understand how perique can give the spice, but it must be the carefully crafted cavendish and virginia, subtly flavoured with aromatic gorgeousness that add the sweetness. It's all perfectly balanced enough to provide a uniform taste, but there is everything under the sun also to be found here, and which you'll find with every bowl.

As I novice to pipe smoking, I feel I am unable to distinctly appreciate the overhwhelming types of tobacco/flavours in this blend, I just know that such a bombardment on complexity like this somehow managed to still have a wonderfully gorgeous taste throughout, showing how expertly and carefully blended this is. There is quite simply something for everyone in this blend, but the one thing we'll all get from it is deliciousness. Every review, if you try and describe what you taste, is going to be different.

It's a very full-on experience, you can't multi-task when smoking this. You wouldn't want to. I shall be ordering more, because this is one of the best pipe smoking experiences I've had. So highly recommended to pipe smokers of all tastes and spectrums.
Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman corn cob
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 03, 2017 Medium to Strong Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
The Virginias have some citrus, dark fruit, a lot of earth and a bit of floral grass/hay as it forms the base of the blend. The woody, dry, lightly spicy, nutty Kentucky has an important support role. The Cuban leaf provides earth, leather, a pinch of spice, and a little creamy sweetness. It varies just a mite in its impact as a condiment. The brown sugar from the unsweetened black cavendish helps tone down potential rough edges. The spicy, raisiny, plumy perique continually underscores the experience, but it is a tad more than a background player. Lakeland is the most obvious topping (a little perfume and soap), and is well complimented by the coconut. The caramel takes a third lead with the toppings, and I suspect there is a very light citrus added as well; possibly Clementine Orange. The toppings do tone down the tobaccos a little, but don’t drown them out. The nic-hit is a step closer to medium than it is to mild. A very complex aromatic that burns cool, clean and creamy smooth at a reasonable pace with a mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a very pleasant, sweet and mildly spicy after taste that lingers a little. Not quite an all day smoke, but it’s certainly a repeatable one.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 09, 2015 Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant
I ordered this after it was recommended by members of an on-line tobacco club of which I am a member. This is quite simply a phenomenal tobacco, and the best aromatic I have ever smoked. What the Alchemist Glynn Quelch has managed to do here is leave me astounded by his mastery of the tobacco-blending art. This is a combination of may different types of tobacco, Cavendish, Cigar Leaf, Perique, Virginia all mixed in the right amounts and topped with an exotic ambrosia topping. If Zeus puffs a pipe atop Mount Olympus, be assured, it's filled with Clementines Nip. The texture of the actual mixture is great, a mixture of cuts with bits of flake in it. It looks attractive, due to the variation of the colours & textures of the various tobaccos contained within it. The pouch note is intoxicating, containing the various tobacco types with a sweet confectionary-like coconut scent, not sickly, but pleasantly sweet. The tobacco loads easily & takes the light like a dream. If you find yourself having to relight this one, you're doing something wrong. Perfect moisture, perfect burn producing big creamy clouds of sweet smoke. The flavouring remains throughout the bowl, but is complex due to the various tobaccos being present in different amounts with each puff that is taken, no two puffs are the same, and this only adds to the wonderousness (is that word?!) of this tobacco. I would estimate that this may be medium-strong, but I will err on the side of Medium in terms of nicotine content on the basis of the 25g I ordered and have smoked so far. I will update in the future after smoking more if I feel that this is an error. The room note is as good as the pouch-note. Lovely, exotic and sweet. My only regret with this is that I didn't order more & now have to wait until payday to get more in. Nonetheless, this tobacco gets an unequivocal top mark from me, and I will be ordering lots more of this in the future. Bravo GQ Tobacco, Bravo.
Pipe Used: Dr. Plum mini Billiard, Imperial Short Prince
PurchasedFrom: GQ Tobaccos
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 20, 2015 Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable
GQ Tobaccos - No 1 Clementines Nip.

This gives off a fairly pungent aromatic smell, there appears to be a lot of added flavorings making it tricky for me to identify a specific one! The mixture contains all sorts of different cuts of tobacco. There are a few broken flakes, some longer pieces, some small and some fat, very eclectic! The strongest additive that I get in the taste is a floral one, it's not perfume like but that comes across the most prominent. After that I get the nuts, I can taste them clearly only just not as formidable as the florals. After a while smoking one of the few negative points presents itself, the smoke takes on a sort of acrid taste which creates a kind of gooey sensation in my mouth. Of course, that may just be something unique to myself! Clementines nip packs a fair wallop of nicotine, it's not the strongest but I still feel nicotine is quite a force with this blend.

A good blend albeit slightly lacking the four star quality. Three stars.
Pipe Used: Savinelli
PurchasedFrom: G.Q Tobaccos
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 22, 2016 Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable
When a blend has as many components as this one does, it can either end up being a complex harmony of exploding flavor or simply a misdirected mess. In the case of Clementine’s Nip, complex and harmony are the words that come to mind. I can’t recall using the term complex with an aromatic blend in a long time. In the pouch CN smells a little soapy, floral, sweet, earthy and inviting. It requires a small amount of dry time. Now, where to begin? To me, the Kentucky and the Virginia’s are the most notable to me. If I hadn’t been told that there was some java leaf in it, I don’t think that I would have found it on my own. It adds some creaminess and I can get it more in the aftertaste than anywhere else (and it is only slightly). I don’t know the quantity of Perique, but it melds into the blend well. The coconut is pleasant and not overpowering and to me that is the most noticeable of the added flavorings, followed by a little bit of floral. What I really like is how the floral and the coconut are added in such a way that they harmonize together well. I don’t get much in the way of nutty flavor, but it could be because my taste buds are trying to catch up with all that is going on. The sweetness tamps down a step in the later stages of the bowl. In terms of strength, as aromatics go, you’ll want to put your big boy (or girl) pants on for this blend, although it’s far from overpowering and doesn’t reach strong till near the bowl’s end. Clementine’s Nip is an aromatic that can be enjoyed by smokers of both aromatics and non-aromatics alike.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 11, 2015 Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Another unique & delicious blend from GQ, a melange of flavors that is full, complex and yet delicate at the same time, with Glynn's penchant for perique somehow uniting the disparate, even kaleidoscopic, flavors in a clean, smooth base. Since my review would otherwise largely echo those of Pipesmoking101, ScannerDarkly7 & brian stephen I'll just refer you them.

Very flavorful and very satisfying.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 01, 2020 Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant
If Carlsberg made pipe tobacco... This blend is insanely good. From the jar note to the bottom of the bowl it has to be one of my favourite smokes. If I could have one blend to smoke for the rest of my life this would probably be it. Pouch note is coconut, fresh apricots and the tobacco notes are decadent and very inviting. Top of the bowl the perique is very evident, slightly floral but not soapy, and the coconut and other toppings waft in and out in a wonderful manner that never overwhelms the quality of the leaf. Also the room note is beautiful. It will light straight from the jar but I think it performs best if you leave it to dry a little for about 15 to 20 minutes. As the bowl progresses I get licorice and cloves and a really lovely full mouth feel. The Virginia's are rich and complex with the perique popping around on your tongue. I can understand how people think that this blend contains an almost citrus liqueur because it tastes almost like Drambuie but I feel that this is more down to the skill of the blender. I don't get grassy citrus from the Virginias, but rather a more grapefruit citrus that wakes up the sides of the tongue. The retrohale from the middle of the bowl is exquisite with the coconut taking on a more toasted, caramel aspect. Last third of the bowl is leather, grapefruit with a sweet undertone, and the retrohale is sweet and reminiscent of the jar note. Overall this is a class act and I wish I had a bigger bowl! I recommend this to most although a novice may find it a little challenging. The nicotine is perfect. An absolute 10 from me.
Pipe Used: Balandis Tomahawk, Meerschaum
PurchasedFrom: GQ
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