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We start with a mixed Virginia ribbon and cure it with Demerara rum. Our Crumb Cut Burley is cured with Jefferson Reserve Bourbon, and a precious hoarded cache of Gawith & Hoggarth Black Cavendish is given a light "burnt sugar" flavoring (think caramel-like). This is not a typical aromatic! The flavoring enhances and steers the flavors of this Virginia/Burley mixture, but in no way overpowers them.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q
Manufactured ByWatch City Cigar
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBlack Cavendish
FlavoringSweet / Sugar
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Extremely Mild, Medium
Mild to Medium, Medium to Full
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Lawyertodd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lawyertodd (18)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Inasmuch as I have a palate more accustomed to Englishes/Balkans, this is quite different. It’s more of a VA with a little extra, but I can’t call it an aromatic per se. Given my limitations, all I can add is that I like it and will make it part of the weekly rotation. Very tasty.

Pipe Used: MM cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the mailer

Purchased From: Watch City

Similar Blends: Burak’s Scottish Ribbon but gentler..

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2693)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

The mixed Virginia ribbons are cured in Demerara Rum. They comprise half the blend as they barely take the lead. The Virginias provide a big burst of tart and tangy citrus, plenty of grass and toast, some sourly tart lemon and sugar, a little hay and floralness, a mild amount of tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, and light acidity along with a couple pinches of spice. Ernie’s earthy, woody, mildly nutty Original Crumb Cut also has light molasses and cocoa, sugar, smoke, a touch of anise (from a casing), light spice, and a slight floral note. Cured with Jefferson Reserve Bourbon, the OCC is a close competitive team player. Infused with a burnt sugar seasoning, the Gawith & Hoggarth Black Cavendish offers a fair amount of brown sugar, earth, wood, light smoke and floral aspects with small hints of leather, sourness and spice, indicating a smidgeon of Cyprian Latakia is present. It’s in the third position. The vibrant Jefferson Reserve Bourbon topping is a step more obvious than the rum with a little malted barley, rye, butterscotch, brown sugar, light spice, and plenty of oak. The lightly savory, middlingly sweet Demerara Rum makes itself ably known, and its aspects include several spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppers), wood, toast, some creamy, sugary molasses, light vanilla as well as touches of tart lemon and Granny Smith-like apple. These toppings along with the burnt sugar on the black cavendish (which helps creates some spice with the rum) moderately sublimate the tobaccos. They also help structure a rather complex, well balanced, very consistent, deeply rich, creamy sweet and mildly savory, lightly spicy, floral flavor.

The strength and nic-hit are medium. The taste level is a notch past that mark. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, but the spice is slightly tingly. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. The pleasantly lingering after taste accurately reflects the flavor. The room note is pleasant, too. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran aro-smoker, and repeatable for the lesser experienced. Four stars out of four.


3 people found this review helpful.