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Tu vuo fa l'Americano, eh? Then try this mixture. We take a base of crumb cut Burley and spice it lightly with stoved Cavendish, orientals and Latakia for an American Style "English" blend. Richer in Latakia than the old Barking Dog.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild
Mild to Medium, Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (726)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Someone added this to the database before me but neglected to review, and mine is the first? Ernie Q's take on the American English with this burley-forward cut plug mix with an old time OTC bag aroma, latakia very noticeable but to the rear. A little extra sweetness from the very lightly sweetened Cavendish. Old timey flavor as well, and does remind me a bit of Barking Dog, although they don't taste the same. The burley here is of better quality and the latakia is a hair more prominent as well as smokier tasting. This one doesn't bite, either, and more aggressive puffing doesn't make it lose its cool; it just makes the latakia recede further to the rear and the burley more upfront. Those who miss the original Barking Dog should check this one out as a richer, more flavorful alternative (but again, not a match... although the so-called "matches" out there fall well short).

American Englishes are not really my thing, and C&D's Epiphany is the only one in my rotation, either regular or occasional. This one is a fair bit better... more cohesive, tastier and more user-friendly. As such, it bumps Epiphany from my occasional rotation, although it may be because Epiphany has changed moderately since I first discovered it. Americano is an excellent example of the American English and reminds me of days gone by. Ernie Q has captured the essence of this style very well, and smokers who have avoided checking out Ernie's blends do so to their own detriment. This guy has definitely won me over! I won't smoke a ton of this but when I want a purebred American English, this is the one I will reach for.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1398)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

While there are similarities to Barking Dog present, I find this a much better product than the old House of Windsor version. The latakia is smoky and woody and while you always notice it, it never rises to the forefront. The high quality burleys are nutty sweet with a touch of molasses, and are the the prominent ingredients by just a little bit. The cavendish is sweet with bare hint of vanilla at times. The Oriental/Turkish is smoky, woodsy, with a minor dry note in the role of a supporting player. Well balanced, burns cool with a consistent flavor and no dull moments, though it leaves just a little moisture at the finish. Won't bite either.

3 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (65)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I'm usually not a fan of black cavendish, but this is a really well-balanced blend. Plenty of campfire notes from the latakia and other orientals, but they combine well with the other components to produce a smoky/chocolatey/buttery flavor and beautiful, thick clouds of smoke. Give it 10 minutes dry time or so.

Watch City blends are some of the best I've tried. Even if you're not a big fan of this style, this particular version is worth a try. Highly recommended.

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