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There's a fellow in the Ozarks of Missouri who is a master at making smooth as silk blends with components that normally would be considered harsh by some. He's a "Tamer of Badgers" of sorts. We call him the "Ozark Wizard...OZ for short. He kindly gave us this recipe for our Christmas blend.

"Spill'sbane" is a blend that defies categorization. It starts off with our "Simply Red", and OZ added matured red Virginia and red Virginia cavendish to form the base. A not so small measure of dark fired Kentucky is added and then the blend is spiced both with a bit of perique and cigar leaf. There's a couple other components but we're not gonna tell you because there's got to be a little mystery here, folks. After a couple of "Hocus Pocus Hoodoo spells" and some aging, the result is a true melange that harmonizes all the components into a blend that is smooth on the tongue with smokey undertones. Perhaps still the bane of those who detest dark fired tobacco, but then again, perhaps not. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

Notes: Limited production run for Christmas 2019.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByOzark Wizard
Manufactured ByWatch City Cigar Co.
Blend TypeOther
ContentsCavendish, Cigar Leaf, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
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Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2917)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The various red Virginias offer a lot of tangy ripe dark fruit, earth and wood, some sugary stewed dark fruit, light tart citrus and grass, bread, hints of floralness, spice, vinegar and acid as the lead components, though they mostly tend to be teammates to the other tobaccos. The very tangy citrusy, lightly grassy, slightly floral and honey-ish bright Virginia is an important supporting player by percentage, but its effect is often challenged by the cigar leaf and especially the dark fired Kentucky. The aspects of the latter are light spice and floralness, wood, earth, nuts, a little dry sourness, and a touch of smoke. The Kentucky has a strong enough presence that it leaps over the bright Virginia for attention at times by a small margin. The same can be said about the earthy, woody, musty, floral, cedary and vegetative, lightly peppery, herbal, mildly sour, tartly citrus cigar leaf. It occasionally competes with and always compliments the other varietals. The raisiny, plumy, figgy, spicy perique is a little more than being an ever present condiment. I notice the spice less than its other attributes. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a rung past that, and doesn’t quite reach the medium threshold. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has very few rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a fairly consistent, very complex, moderately sweet, mildly savory flavor that translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars out of four.


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Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (244)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The tin/jar note on this is a bit surprising. I tried to come up with a better description but I keep coming back to the same thing. Before I describe it, I will say that it is a very tasty tobacco, however the tin note is, well, that of a well dried cow pie with a stewed prune center. The smoke itself is pretty flavorful and has many dimensions to it. It starts off red VA forward but rapidly changes and becomes more cigar leaf and perique forward at mid bowl. It never get's harsh but becomes stronger tasting as you approach the bottom of the bowl. Cigar leaf is a blending component that is tough to work with, IMO, it can overpower and define a blend, same goes for DFK. Somehow these leaves work very well together and come up with a very unique flavor profile. Some descriptors I would use are: earthy, leathery, peppery at times, slightly grassy and toasty at times.

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s

2 people found this review helpful.