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We took our flake 556 a couple miles further! This dark-ish, thick yet easily rubbed flake contains Matured Virginias, Stoved Virginias, Perique and a bit of Fire Cured. Not as pungent as 556 but you will love it's subtly sweet perfectly balanced flavor. Medium strength.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q.
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Pleasant to Tolerable
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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (37)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Unnoticeable

I pretty much concur with Steelcowboy's review, which will spare you a lot of redundant reading. I was surprised to see such thick, crumbly flakes -- a unique presentation in my experience. This is closer to a crumble cake, yet arguably a flake cut. Slow burning and satisfying with a good whole mouth feel, great body, and a pleasing combination of bready Va flavors and fruit-like Perique. Nothing sharp or grassy, nor peppery here. It has a sweet woody edge that suggests some nut-like Burley in the mix. Top notch!

Pipe Used: Ser Jacopos and Radices

Age When Smoked: Fresh, young.

Purchased From: Watch City

Similar Blends: 4noggins' Prairie Wind for its fruitiness, and Dunhill's Elizabethan for the nuttier flavor elements..

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

How many cigar/pipe shops in America still create their very own flakes and kakes? My guess is that it is less than five. But as with the other flakes and kakes that I have tried from Watch City, Flake #558 doesn’t disappoint. #558 is a flake that is cut a little on the thick side and the pouch sent offers a deep, earthy, slightly sweet scent. Flake #558 is comprised of red, bright and stoved Virginias with added perique. The flake is a little on the darker side than Old Dominion, another WC flake I am working my way through. I thought there might be just a pinch of added Cavendish in there too, but it was just the effect the stoved had on the blend. But that is just a guess. Due to the thickness of the flake, I prefer to let it dry a bit and then break it up into small pieces with a little fully rubbed out to get the party started. In the pipe, this is one smooth flake with no hint of bite. #558 burns cool and slightly sweet. Kudos to Watch City on another fine blend. I can’t wait to see what three or four years in the cellar will do to this one. Good stuff!

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

2 people found this review helpful.