Watch City Cigar Old Bastard

A medium strength blend of cavendish cut tobaccos infused with authentic Highland Scotch Whisky. One day, while working the Tobacco counter, an elderly gentleman walked in smelling strongly of booze. He asked for a can of Velvet and when I explained that it had been discontinued, he frowned, waved his hand in disgust, called me a bastard and huffed out mumbling obscenities. Thus the "Bastard Blends" were born.


Brand Watch City Cigar
Series The Bastard Blends
Blended By Ernie Q
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring Whisky
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.75 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 20, 2018 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant
In the bag it looks like any basic pipeshop aromatic, leaning toward the darker browns and ribbon cut. Faint whiff of whiskey with an underlying tobacco scent. Basic aromatic moisture level, not overly goopy but far from dry.

4 stars for a basic aromatic - have I lost my mind??? Nope! least not because of my rating. This looks like a Gooper but smokes like a lightly flavored but more heavily scented classic aromatic. The scotch flavoring is mellow but present and does not overpower the tobacco taste. Typically I do not like whiskey aromatics but this one is of very high quality, both in the leaf and the blending expertise. I left this at original moisture content but if you want more tobacco taste, drying it works. It's no secret that I'm an unabashed fanboy of Ernie Quint's skills as a blender, and this is one reason why. This is a blend for aromatic lovers that also love the taste of tobacco. If you enjoy the chemical flavor of PG or you want a tongue-scorching whiskey blend, look elsewhere. The aromatic properties of this one are mostly in the room note, so here you have an excellent tasting aromatic that doesn't dive headfirst into the sauce, but that smells good to those around you. Exactly what a tobacco-holic would want in an aromatic tobacco. Ernie just continues to impress and I'm finally prepared to say that I think he is the finest U.S blender in existence. I've thought it for awhile; now I'm stating it publicly. Only an opinion, yes, and yours may differ. But you owe it to yourself to try his blends and find out.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 29, 2005 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
This is a good tobacco. It lights easily, stays lit and burns down to a fluffy grey/white ash. The flavoring is noticeable and the aroma is very nice (according to SWMBO). There is little or no developement in the flavor of the tobacco as it is consumed, but that is not a bad thing at all. Since I would classify this as an aromatic of sorts, I would assume that once the flavorings burn off, all you are left with is low grade tobacco to suffer through. This is not the case with Olde Bahstid.

Highly rec'd for the natural tobacco smoker looking for a change of pace.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 04, 2010 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This mix started out strong and finished with a wimper. Initially, it was a very smooth and sweet tasting aro,with a nice whiskey flavor. I really enjoyed and was impressed with the first several bowls. Nice whiff of whiskey and a creamy sweetness from the cavendish.

Oddly, half-way through the bag the creamy-sweet wore off leaving a whisky flavored kind of slightly harsh tobacco taste. Slight tongue bite with the last half of the bag even though I nursed the bowls. It is particulary odd the whiskey casing didn't fade but the smoothness did. I smoked this bag over the course of a month alternating it with the english, american (burley blends) and vapers (few) in my rotation. (I should note I keep the bags of tobacco I'm smoking in a sealed container so they don't dry out.)

If the bag remained consistent I would have certainly given it three stars. I have enjoyed othe whiskey blends by other tobacco houses.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 06, 2008 Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant
The Scotch Whiskey dominates here with no real tobacco taste coming through. It's pleasant and smokeable and has a very nice aroma but the flavor is nondescript and ultimately a bit boring. Don't be afraid to try it. It's not for me but it could be for you. NEXT!
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