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The challenge in blending in the Scottish tradition is balancing the many different tobaccos necessary so that no one is more dominant than the next. We think we nailed it! Matured Virginia, Latakia, Smyrna, Perique and Black Toasted Cavendish in a harmonious medium bodied blend.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q.
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Very Strong
Flavoring
None Detected, Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium to Full, Extra Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Very Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1461)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The matured Virginia is grass and citrus, and fermented fruity sweet with a little earth. It forms the base for the other tobaccos to play, but it also plays an important part in what you observe as you smoke. The unsweetened black cavendish is toasty, sugar sweet and adds some smoothness in a back up role. The smokey, woody sweet Cyprian latakia continually underscores the taste, doing no more than that. Another supporting player is the Smyrna, which is a little sweet, very woody with a minor dry sour note. The raisiny, figgy, spice perique is a more important ingredient. I have the sense of a very light topping that reminds me of honey, but I can’t determine that for certain. The nic-hit is mild to medium. It never gets harsh or dull, and though it won’t bite, the spice from the perique will tingle your tongue a little. Extremely well balanced, you get all the nuances from all the components in every puff. Burns at a moderate ace, cool, clean, and spicy, sweetly smooth with a very consistent flavor. Requires few relights, and leaves a light bit of moisture in the bottom of the bowl that won’t distract from the experience. Has a very pleasantly lingering after taste. I recommend a slow puffing cadence and a wide bowl to enhance the proceedings. Can be an all day smoke with little trouble, depending on your proclivity for spice.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (65)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

"We think we nailed it!"

I wholeheartedly agree. This came as part of Watch City's English sampler. (Curiously, I don't see it available otherwise on their site.) It was largely an afterthought, as there were other WCC blends I was excited to try, and this one hasn't been reviewed here yet.

Affirming my lack of any expectations whatsoever, the blend is fairly bland visually (various cuts from light to dark brown, with nothing standing out in particular) and in pouch aroma (a complex but very mellow aroma with red Virginia most noticeable). It also arrived noticeably drier than the other blends in the sample; no idea if it had a bit more age, or if that's a distinguishing feature. Whichever the case, it was easy to light and keep lit.

Wow!!! This one's in your face right from the get go. Sharp and pungent when lighting, it immediately reminded me of a cigar (and at times an expensive cigarette; all three made of tobacco, go figure). From there, it's a non-stop ride of beautiful, almost overpowering, pure tobacco flavors accompanied by voluminous, billowy smoke. You get occasional mellow moments between the onslaught of rich, full-strength tobacco flavors, but they're very, very fleeting. I can't think of anything to compare the flavors to besides strong, rich tobacco.

This style isn't my cup of tea at this point in my pipe-smoking career, but there's no way I can ding it for that. The fact that this many tobaccos can play this harmoniously is quite a feat by the blender. Beautifully done. Ernie at Watch City is absolutely killing it!

Similar Blends: The base could be very similar or identical to WCC Americano, with VA and perique added. My guess is that the perique addition is fairly substantial, given the much stronger flavor of this one..

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