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The Rouxgaroux! The Cajun Werewolf. It prowls the sugar cane fields outside New Orleans looking for it's next victim.

Watch City's "Rouxgaroux" is based upon a bed of our "Simply Red" and a matured red Virginia. Rouxgaroux is an indulgent melange of flavors of stewed fig and plum. spiced with a generous amount of perique along with some stoved Virginia and a bit of bright Virginia for a unique floral note that drifts in and out through the bowl.

Notes: Co-created by Ernie Q and JimInks. Blended at Watch City by Ernie.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q & JimInks
Manufactured ByWatch City Cigar
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Extremely Mild, Medium
Medium to Full
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BC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BC (18)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

First time I've been the first to review a new blend in this forum, so here goes. This is a joint venture between Ernie at Watch City and JimInks. Ernie says it's his "Simply Red" with additional Red Virginia, Perique, and some "pixie dust". I would have said "brownie sprinkles", but why quibble. The bulk weed is beautiful: ribbon cut, lots of dark red Virginia, some mottled bright Virginia color, and about 25% black flakes. These are evidently a combination of stoved Virginia and for sure a lot of perique. It is smokable right out of the bag, no drying time needed. In the bag, it smells like raisins, red wine, a little hay, and vinegar. Lighting up, you can taste the vinegar, the perique is very noticeable and on the peppery side of the spectrum. There is a little citrus and a little grass, some plum. About 1/2 way through the bowl it gets sweeter-beautiful powdery fruit sweetness-really nice; less sweet then, say, Dorchester or Marlin Flake, more subtle, more smooth. I like it, but then again I like "Simply Red". Highly recommended, try it, but please leave a little for me.

Pipe Used: Vesz bent

Age When Smoked: 2 days

Purchased From: Watch City

Similar Blends: 2015.

7 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2552)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Full disclosure: Ernie Q. and I created this blend, and had a fun time doing it. The red Virginias provides a lot of tangy fermented ripe dark fruit, earth and wood, along with a little bread, tart and tangy citrus and grass, and light vinegar and sugar. It also has very small floral, acidic notes as the lead components. The perique supplies an abundance of stewed plums, raisins and figs, earth and some spice as an important supporting player. The stoved Virginia offers a lot of tangy fermented, sugary stewed dark fruit, earth, and wood, and is just behind the perique in terms of its effect on the blend. The bright Virginia chips in with some tart and mildly tangy citrus and grass with a mild floral quality, sugar, and a touch of acidity and spice. There are no toppings. The strength is medium, while the taste barely passes that mark. The nic-hit is a slot below the medium threshold. No chance of bite or harshness even when pushed. Has a few slight rough edges. Well balanced with a little complexity, it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, deeply rich, tart and more tangy fruity sweet and spicy, lightly floral flavor that translates to pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran piper, and it’s certainly repeatable for smokers at any level of experience.


5 people found this review helpful.

Wes-NY Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wes-NY (11)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a long-overdue review that I did on 11/5/2019.

I had a bowl of Watch City Cigar’s Simply Red at lunchtime just so I can remind myself exactly what it tastes like.

Rouxgaroux starts off tasting like a sweeter version of SR. The perique starts very mildly and mellow.

I’m enjoying the depth of flavor in the Virginia’s and the perique is starting to work more definitely getting sweeter figgier. The additional stoved & bright Virginias give it a fuller flavor than SR. There’s a fair amount of perique too but it's so soft and mellow... sweetens without any bite. The white pepper is only just starting to develop mid-way through the bowl as is a floral scent. The entire bowl burned for over an hour with a minimum of relights.

Ernie & Jiminks collaboration really hit a Grand Slam Home Run!

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Watch City Cigars

Similar Blends: Watch City Cigar’s Simply Red.

3 people found this review helpful.