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Bright Virginias, burley and perique mingle with natural extracts of prune, fig and just a drop of rum. Presented in "Crumble Flake" format, The 4th Nun returns is our attempt to recreate the experience of the venerable circa 1980's Danish produced Three Nuns. Presented in 4 ounce bags of "Crumble Flake", we hope it makes your Christmas season merrier!

Notes: This year we tweaked a popular Holiday mixture we released a couple years ago in a very limited quantity. "The 4th Nun" was our 2016 Christmas Blend. It was our attempt to re-create the original Three Nuns Pre-WW2 recipe which we found while perusing some internet pipe forums. It contained measures of bright Virginia, perique, burley and "manufactured perique"- a synthetic perique made by casing tobacco with certain natural ingredients and flavors.

This year, we've resurrected the 4th Nun and tweaked the recipe to better reflect the contents of a rare 300 gram tin of Three Nuns from the early '80's that we came across. We can't make "curly cut" or "coins" in our little shop here, nor are African and Central American burley available to us. (Facts which almost kept us from attempting to recreate the original recipe at all), so we've taken the exact proportions of the original recipe, added more St. James perique in lieu of the "manufactured perique and used natural casings and flavorings that better reflect what we experienced in that rare can. We still can't make coins, but we decided to press the blend in our "Crumble Flake Format".

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q.
Manufactured ByWatch City Cigar
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging4 ounce pouch
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
Very Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2919)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The nutty, woody, earthy, lightly sweet, barely bready burley takes a small lead much of the time. The grassy, tart and tangy citrusy, slightly floral bright Virginias also have slight hints of dark fruit, honey and earth. The mildly spicy, rather plumy, raisiny perique competes with the Virginias for attention, though they occasionally retreat to third place in the experience. The fig topping is a tad more obvious than the prune, and the rum is exceptionally light; not always noticeable. The toppings mildly tone down the tobaccos as they cohesively complement the varietals in terms of the over all taste of the blend. The drops of anise used in the original Three Nuns and Ernie’s first remake is missing here, causing this manufacture to drift away a little from its intent to replicate the original. The strength is a couple steps below the medium level, while the taste is a rung shy of that mark. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a light inconsistency in taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste and the room note won’t scare anybody away. This is an all day smoke with a little less potency, sweetness and depth of flavor than both the original and Ernie’s earlier offering.

-JimInks

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Emeritus Account (30082)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Easily broken up crumble cake of mostly dark leaf but with some light mottling, the bag scent is heady and robust without being overpowering. I love crumble cakes over ribbons, as I can crumble it to my desired consistency. I preferred it more "pluggy" without rubbing it out too much. The original 4th Nun limited blend was intended to replicate as closely as possible the pre-war Three Nuns. This was to replicate a later issue. As the only Three Nuns I had on hand was the remainder of a tin from 1990, I used it as my baseline for comparison, which may or may not be accurate. I smoked about 5 ounces of this prior to review.

Watch City cannot make a coin cut and were without the services of certain burleys used in the original, so making an exact match was unlikely. That said, it was remarkably close to what I smoked (that, again, may or may not be what Ernie smoked when creating this). The balance in this blend was notable, with all three tobaccos (burley, Virginia, perique) coming to the fore at various times. This was a very punchy blend with a quiet complexity. A fair bit of "figgy" flavor but it's been too long since I've tasted prune, so I can't say if it was "pruney" or not. Very light rum note as well that wasn't always apparent. This one's primary strength was its depth of flavor. It was as deep as the Three Nuns I compared it to, but slightly different in its presentation. It wasn't quite as sweet as the original, but neither was The 4th Nun of 2016. But the punchiness and depth made this one memorable and a worthy if not precise replication. This is a VaPer that I could smoke very often were it available. The burley would make it the perfect foil to something like Watch City's Old Dominion. Good luck finding any of this but if you do, jump on it!

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