We start with a base of our own delicious "Simply Red" Virginia, add a bit of matured red Virginia and liberally dose with a black stoved Virginia for our own take on a "Red & Black" mixture. Tangy yet sweet...but not an aromatic!
The various red Virginias provide a lot of tangy fermented dark fruit, earth, wood, some tart citrus, a little grass, sugar, bread, acid, stewed fruit, light spice and a touch of floral. The black stoved Virginia offers a lot of tangy stewed fruit, sugar, earth, some wood, spice, and dark fruit. The well balanced Virginias meld together so well that I can’t say one dominates the other. You will notice every aspect of the Virginias in every puff. There's also a touch of raisins, plum and a hint of spice from a few pinches of perique. Not sure about the casings, but I sense a light red wine. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a rung past that, falling a tad short of the medium mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite, and barely has any rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, sweet and slightly savory campfire flavor that translates to lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a nice room note. A fairly easy going all day smoke.
Another great blend from Watch City Cigar. I keep telling myself to try more of their blends, and it's time I listened. Perfect smoking moisture content and sweet, musty earthy aroma. Smells like tobacco should smell. Flavor profile is slightly sweet, hints of dark fruit, plum comes to mind. A dry, subtle woody flavor supports the base flavor which I would describe as bready and earthy. The stoved black Virginia's really balance out the young and old reds and give a depth of flavor not in Red VA blends when they are standing on their own. Great after tastes that lingers a bit after you put the pipe down. Really good stuff.
A rich, not light, blend of mildly sweet and tart. Detected a tantalizing Peretti-like spice (anise? a mint?) swirling within. Leaves a wonderfully fragrant bouquet in the nostrils. Another very satisfying hit for Watch City.
Never smoked 'the other' R&B but this one is a real winner. The red virginia is a strong backbone complemented by the stoved virginia. Sweet and a slight sour note in the background. Smokes to the bottom of the bowl with a very satisfying and delicious taste. Vitamin N is ready to come out if you invite. Every Watch City blend I have had is top of the class.
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