Im Glynn & I Like Tobacco, that says it all really. My life is filled with tobacco, not only am i big smoker i work in the trade (as a retailer). Which puts me in only one bad place to be, i end up spending so much money on this passion of mine. This blog, twitter and Facebook groups are my place to spout MY opions and ideas.
Well if it wasnt for the “Devils Weed” this blog wouldn’t exist. Not only do i smoke & sell tobacco, i chew, sniff, blend, roll, grow, write & read (all) about it. Like many people of my generation, i began smoking cigarettes on the school field and friends houses who had “cool parents”. When i started working for Gauntleys 6-7 years ago, i dived into the trade. Within 2 weeks i had smoked 10 pipe tobaccos, 5 cigars and tried snuff. Now i am proud to say i have tried about 75% of Gauntleys stock lines and 100′s more not available in the UK. I do often feel like a tobacco snob, when a friend offers me a cigarette or his tobacco pouch and i want to say no!
My blending started as a big a fun with rolling tobaccos, trying to replicate the blend Flemming mentioned Bond smoking in Casio Royale. After i got a feel for that, i tuned to pipes. My first blend was a Latakia mixture with a twist. Using a lightly cased Cavendish & cigar leaf ontop of a strong Virginia & Kentucky base. It now out sells any other Latakia blend in the shop. Armed with ego boost i started creating more blend, for both customers and stock lines(view my blends page). One day i would like to try exporting my blends.
In 2010 i started growing tobacco, with a little garden space i grew 6 strains. Most grew ok, i made a lot of mistakes and lost more crop than i wanted to. But hey its all experience, the 2011 crop should be much bigger. My first attempt at making Cavendish was a disaster, 2 jars of mould. However i am a little pleased with my first attempt at rolling cigars (view pics). All this tobacco needs time to age and mature. Give me 4-5 years and i think i should be able to produce some smokeable cigars and pipe tobaccos.
My passion for pipe tobacco and pipes has led me to setup the (new) Nottingham Pipe Club. It is a more a Pipe Tobacco club, we have samples for every meeting. The chance to sample tobacco in 12.5g packs is great, even for blends that come in 100g tins. We do things a little different and as a result we have a very wide range of members from Retired Enginenrs to Students and Stream Engine drivers to warehouse workers. If you wanted to come join us, we dont mind if you didnt want to sample tobaccos. Even none pipe smokers come along, to sit with us and join us for a ciggy or cigar. For more info visit www.nottinghamtobacco.co.uk
Obviously much of what i write and know comes from working at Gauntleys. The wealth of information i have picked up from Customers, Reps & the Gauntley family has been so useful in developing my skills, knowledge and tastes. This blog shouldn’t be seen as an advert for the shop. Much of what i talk about is not available at Gauntleys, or even in the UK. If anything through this blog i want to see the Industry grow and people experience the centuries of culture, expertise and history of this trade. Even though i would love you to all come shop with us, its only through these products being in more places that keeps us in the mind of smokers. We try and support new products, concepts and ideas. Through creating blends with customers, from existing tobaccos and raw strains we can produce unique mixtures.
At Gauntleys we carry a very extensive range of products, even in such a small store.
* 160 single premium cigars (Tubed & Naked) * Over 100 pipe tobaccos (tinned, loose, bulk and custom blends)
* The biggest selection of Snuffs, Rolling tobaccos (loose & prepacked) & Cigarettes (Standard & Specialist) in the city and for a good way in each direction.
* Stockist of Dunhill, Dupont, Zippo (180+), Sarome, Colibri, Xikar, Vector, Piere Cardin & Silver Match lighters & accessories.
* Peterson, Parker, Dunhill, Butz Choquin, Stanwell, Savenli, Falcon, Chacom, Dr Plumb & Wilsons (Clay) pipe stockist (all price ranges)
* Cigar humidors, Cutters, Punches, Books and other Humidor accessories.
* Cigarette holders, Cigarette/Cigar cases, Tobacco tins/pouches, Ashtrays and rolling machines
* Saving & Gents Grooming, Hand Made walking sticks (Classic Canes) & Pewter tankard & hipflasks
* All this sits above a well stock and comprehenive cellar. We specialise in wines, whiskies, cognacs & armagnacs
Gauntleys of Nottingham (est 1880)
4 High Street