The pouches contents appear to be so busy, there's pretty much every size, shape, colour of leaf imaginable! Some small flecks of dark Cavendish all the way to some larger 'sheets' of cigar leaf.
The aroma from the blend imminently suggests the nutmeg, it's not exactly an aromatic smell but it's definitely present.
When I first light my pipe the biggest flavour I get is cigar leaf. It takes a little while for any other nuances to break through. The nutmeg starts to come through after about ten minutes and gives the flavour a great new dynamic. The cinnamon adds a good depth of taste to the smoke, lively and spicy and a superb 'zing'! This would make a great morning smoke!
Throughout the smoke the cigar leaf remains the stronger of the tobacco tastes. It doesn't subside and allow any of the others have centre stage but holds the leadership all the way with tenacity.
The amount of nicotine falls above medium for me. Not overly strong but very easy to identify.
The room note is a little too much for me, an outdoor morning smoke for the summer maybe?
This is a very full tasting blend. It holds a many positive qualities with one or two negative ones. This is a decent enough blend but sadly I don't get along too well with it.
I have had only good experiences with my orders from Gauntleys and so decided to try a few of their house blends. On opening the pouch of attractive gold, brown and black ribbons I was greeted by an sweet, but woodsy, caramel aroma, which reminded me somewhat of Clan - a blend I found smelled good in the pouch and in the room, but tasted a little nauseating. With a little trepidation, I packed my large Gauntley's Oom Paul pipe, and settled in for the charring light.
My concern was unfounded. Nottingham Blend is an extremely tasty tobacco from start to finish. Initial flavours of leather and wood-smoke were joined by an intriguing sweetness as the cinnamon-flavoured Black Cavendish came through. As the bowl progressed the Latakia became a little more prominent, but never became overwhelming. The cigar leaf added a really interesting dimension, although I would have been happy with a little more in the blend.
Overall this is a first-class blend which will be going straight into my regular rotation in addition to my regular VaPer and Latakia blends. I could certainly see someone choosing this as their all-day tobacco. If I were to have one criticism it would be that it required a few more relights than usual, but it would be churlish to take a star off for that.
Highly recommended, and therefore 4 stars from me.
This blend burns well and has a good full flavour, giving you a smooth dark and woody smoke. It's a great everyday blend which is honest and consistent, fantastic for either relaxing on your own of complimenting a few drinks down the Dog and Duck.
Gauntley's is one of the few remaining UK tobacconists that blend their own pipe tobacco in-house (rather than rebadging generic blends) thanks to the enthusiasm of Glynn (who also runs the Nottingham Pipe Club).
It is an enthusiasm that is rewarded by some great blends, and Nottingham Blend was, I think, the first and quickly established itself. It's a complex blend, with lots going on, and if I had to compare it to something I would perhaps suggest Dunhill's Standard Mixture, but with more 'oomph' (and this is said as a compliment). The oriental is there in the background, but doesn't overpower, while what I assume is the cigar leaf (Cuban I believe) gives it a nice spicey fullness.
A nice 'all day' blend, and one that I am always very happy to come back to as it never disappoints. 3 1/2 stars from me - on the basis that I would give 4 stars to Gauntley's Christmas blend!
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