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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. Added 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
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild, Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3050)
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 smoky, woody quality with light spice and a hint of nut at times in the background. 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 at a moderate pace, cool, clean and even with a consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste.


3 people found this review helpful.

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.

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Got this from StevieB in a trade. As always, thanks bro.

Very, very tasty stuff. Nice balance with all three tobacco components readily discerned. The booze is very lightly applied and although I cannot identify it, it makes it's presence known in a little extra sweetness. The overall flavor is fruity, smoky, spicy, nutty, and earthy with just enough sweetness. A wonderful smoke with a good deal of strength.

Medium to strong in body and nic. Added flavoring is extremely mild. Taste is medium to full. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Mark Twain, Diplomat Apple

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: acquired in trade (Thanks Steve)

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nottingham Lace’s blend description is really on the mark. In the pouch, Nottingham Lace Rouge smells more like an aromatic than a VaPer. In the pipe, it is sweet and the liquor component is there in the background, but I can only guess that it is a sweetened liqueur, but that is strictly a guess as it is well blended into the tobacco in a way that makes it very difficult to determine. The amount of spice is moderate and not bitey. The Perique pepper is more evident in the later stages of the bowl. I can only assume the Kentucky is adding some strength as I can’t “pull” it out of the blend. Although not as strong as Askwith Kake, there is a decent amount of Lady N in this blend too. All in all, this is a sweet, yet spicy blend, with the sweetness coming through less as each bowl progresses. I should point out that it can burn a little warm if pushed, but not enough to detract from this being a very good blend. It wouldn’t be a regular smoke for me, but a very pleasant divergence.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2082)
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

2 people found this review helpful.

THROATHIT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Exactly what jiminks said. Exactly what jiminks said.

Great tobacco but not an all day every day slightly plummy and I like red vg tobacco very much. It would seem today that GQ tobacco has floated my boat for the second time. High High quality tobacco..

1 person found this review helpful.