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A blend of shag, coarse cut and cubed cavendish, Virginia and burley with the added flavours of cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, clove, star anise, rum, apple and orange.

BrandGQ Tobaccos
Blended ByGlynn Quelch
Manufactured ByGlynn Quelch
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringAnisette, Cinnamon, Fruit / Citrus, Other / Misc, Rum, Spices
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
Medium to Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

You don’t experience that much tobacco taste, though you will have just a little grass and citrus from the Virginia, and a slight nuttiness from the burley. What you do get is a complex multiplicity of flavors from the toppings and casings, some more obvious than others. The spices are always in fair force: cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and especially the fragrant, spicy clove that plays with your taste buds from beginning to end without overwhelming the other ingredients. The sweet rum is ever-present in a supporting role. The anise is very mild. The apple is mild, but more noticeable than the hint of orange, which doesn’t always stand up for attention. I also get the feeling there’s another fruit-like topping present, but it’s hard to tell. The sweet creamy vanilla black cavendish is sublimated. Picking out what and when you are tasting the toppings adds a little fun to the experience. Doesn’t have much nicotine to speak of, and there’s no chance of bite. Burns at a moderate rate with no weakening of the spicy smooth flavors. It may require a few relights, but not that many. Leaves just a little moisture in the bottom of the bowl, but can be burned to ash without much trouble. The strength is mild to medium while the taste level is just past medium. Leaves a pleasantly lingering after taste and an attractive holiday room note.


4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

GQ Tobaccos-Christmas 2015. I always look forward to the limited edition Christmas blends from different manufacturers, my favourite to date has been Peterson Holiday Season 2014. The GQ offering is just as enjoyable!

The mixture emanates a highly aromatic smell, very fragrant with the rum being the strongest addition.

Once lit it's a Christmassy treat!

It lights easily as the moisture's just enough and the taste from the smoke is very flavoursome.

Unlike the aroma the rum doesn't bully the other tastes out of the way. I get the rum coming through but a melange of other tastes as well.

The cinnamon gives a great warming quality to the smoke whilst the citrus and fruits really freshen it up.

Although the rum isn't as strong as it is in the unlit aroma I find it gives the smoke that quintessential Christmas feeling!

The temperature of the smoke is very cool with no tongue bite, perfect!

The nicotine is pretty mild in this. That's not a negative point though as I see this blends perfect setting is relaxing with a good Christmas tipple!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL 12

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

3 people found this review helpful.

Appalachian Chef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Chef (52)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Another yearly celebration from GQ Tobaccos! Outstanding tin note of orange, brandy, clove, star anise and cinnamon. It burns well and takes light easily. A rich smoke that can easily be smoked all day. I love the way this blend tastes, smells and smokes. This is my favorite of the holiday blends!!!

Pipe Used: Falcon Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

1 person found this review helpful.