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Watch City Description: 2004 Watch City limited edition resurrected by popular demand. Presented in thick slices of crumble cake, O.B.M. is a sweet and aromatic cake of several varieties of stoved cavendish with a sprinkle of bright Virginia and a bit of perique. Latakia, in miniscule amounts, serves to cool the blend. (You will not taste the Latakia, unless you have "Super Spidey Sense").

Earlier Description: The distinct caramel flavors of unsweetened black cavendish combine with the natural sweetness of perique. Spotted lightly with bright Virginia and pressed into crumble cake. A rich, dark, naturally aromatic tobacco.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Medium
None Detected, Mild
Mild, Full
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (874)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

UPDATE 10/24/18

The more I smoke of this, the more this has become a favorite. It's dark caramel/toffee flavor satisfies my sweet tooth and the backbone of tobacco spice and depth satisfies the tobacco-holic in me. This has become one of 5 WC blends to make my regular rotation.


A black brick with a few blond stands thrown in. Pouch aroma of a basic aromatic, which did not excite me. This is simple to crumble and smoke, and I found no differences in the flavor by changing how I crumbled or cut. Still, this is an interesting one.

I did not get a lot of perique flavor from this one, as it was way in the background for me. The flavor description of caramel from the Cavendish was spot on. I tasted a mildly spicy caramel from start to finish. The flavor was extremely light and I found that I needed to snork almost every puff as well as puff this one with more vigor than I usually do. Some tobaccos need to puffed rather than sipped, and this was one. Otherwise the flavor was too light for my tastes. Puffed with a bit of authority, this one was nicely sweet and mellow, with just a hint of spice. Old Black Magic will show you what can be done with black Cavendish by leaving it more natural and not flavoring it with all manner of fruit and ice cream flavors. Cavendish does not have to mean low quality! Not a rotation-maker, but a fine blend nonetheless. Worth a shot for those that like a sweet room note but want something with more flavor and a higher quality leaf than your basic aromatic.

6 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2343)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

The caramel is smooth and mild and doesn’t detract from the tobaccos. The very creamy brown sugary black cavendish may be unsweetened, but I get a hint of vanilla at times. It's moderately present. The perique has a few fig and raisin notes along with some spice, but it never rises above being a supporting player. The citrusy, dark fruit Virginias are a grassy, slightly earthy base for the other components, and aren't always that obvious to the tongue. The spice and sweetness works with the light breadiness of the Virginias to remind me of something I might taste in a bakery. The smoky, woody, earthy Cyprian latakia offers a hint of a taste push to the proceedings. Despite how my review reads, this is just a shade over mild in the sweet department. The crumble cake is easy to break apart, and the flavor is consistent to the finish. Burns a little slow and smoothly cool, won’t bite, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant after taste and room note. Has a mild nic-hit. Made for the experienced aro smoker who’s looking for a different twist on the genre. Three and a half stars.


4 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

This is one interesting tobacco. The pouch scent could easily fool the most frequent pipe smoker. It sure did fool me. OBM arrives in a beautifully shaped dark crumble cake. It offers the scent of an aromatic. Had I not known the component tobaccos I would have never guessed it to be anything but an aromatic. If there is any added flavoring, it is extremely light. The cake breaks with ease and for some folks it will be “pipe ready.” I prefer my tobacco pretty dry so I dried it for a few minutes. The perique IMO is the star of the show with the unflavored Cavendish adding body. The previous reviewer states that it is Nor' Easter without the latakia. That sounds like a good bet to me too. OBM offers plenty of smoke and is smooth from beginning to end. I do prefer OBM's cousin, Nor' Easter a tad bit more, but this is still a winner. Ernie at Watch City is one of those blenders that seems to fly under the radar, but he sure does put out some interesting blends. Recommended.

4 people found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (105)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

A pleasant and excellent surprise. According to WC, this blend is identical to N'oreaster, which I prefer, except OBM does not have latakia. I did not think I would enjoy this blend because it does not have latakia, but it really is well done. The cavendish gives it a smooth creamy taste. Nice medley of perique and the virginias. Give it a try!

4 people found this review helpful.

Adrian B. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adrian B. (29)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

"Other" is a good way to categorize Old Black Magic, it's not a VA/Per and it's not an aromatic by any means. The Cavendish is unflavored, but brings the sweetness and caramel kind of flavor in. The Perique is way in the background, I don't get much of a spice hit from it. The Viginias seem more earthy than sweet, but you get enough sweet from the Cavendish so that's fine. This is a nice blend, I like it. Not a regular in the rotation, but I'll buy again.

Pipe Used: Variety of briars and cobs

Age When Smoked: Pouch fresh

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar Company

3 people found this review helpful.