Watch City Cigar Deluxe Crumb Cut

A naturally sweet crumb cut burley with a little stoved cavendish is cased lightly with cocoa and licorice and then given mild "coumarin" type flavoring. Delicious, easy burning and not too sweet!
Notes: Note from Watch City: Due to the difficulty in obtaining deer tongue, we have opted to use a coumarin type top note instead.


Brand Watch City Cigar
Blended By Ernie Q
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Latakia
Flavoring Cocoa / Chocolate, Licorice, Vanilla
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.79 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 13, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
The cube cut burleys are very nutty, woody, toasty, oat-like, and molasses sweet with a bit of earth, a little sugar, and a hint of cocoa. The woody, dry, earthy, floral white burley is a very minor player, but I get a bare hit of sharpness, and a savory note from it here and there. The unsweetened black cavendish offers a little brown sugar in the background. Has a very small amount of smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia. The vanilla topping is mild, while the couramin style top note (a tonka bean substitute) is mildly herbal and vanilla-ish. The licorice note is very light, but always obvious. The nic-hit and strength are a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste threshold is medium. Has very few minute rough edges. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns clean, cool and a little slow; smooth with a very consistent taste from start to finish, and beyond as the after taste and room notes pleasantly linger a mite. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, though it does require a few relights as the tobacco is a tad moist. Is an all day smoke that won't wear out its welcome.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 20, 2014 Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
Various browns in a cube cut with tiny ribbons, the "Grape Nuts" cereal analogy is pretty apt here. Rich burley with vanilla-type bag aroma. Watch City no longer uses deer tongue but instead uses a tonka bean substitute, a la SG's 1792. The flavoring is cocoa.

Once again, Ernie Q has created a blend that just won't share bowl time with other blends. I smoked 6 bowls of this over two days, and that constituted my entire consumption for the weekend. This is a blend that could satisfy almost all straight burley AND aromatic cravings. One of my complaints about American-style aromatics is that they are too heavily flavored, they use less than stellar base tobaccos, and as a result they smoke too wet and the flavoring dissipates as the chemicals and sauces combust. This blend exhibits none of those flaws. It smokes like a fine burley, with a nutty and sweet character, and with strong hints of rich oats and grains. It smokes like one of the finest aromatics I've ever enjoyed, with cocoa notes that are not oversugared or oversaturated. The room note is a cross between your dad or grandad's old burley OTC and a light, refreshing aromatic that is not your basic goopy atrocity. If you enjoy a sweet flavor and a nice room note with your burley, this is the one. If you enjoy straight burley but want a little extra sizzle with your steak, this is the one. This is the burley that could satisfy every burley and aromatic lovers tobacco craving... it's that simple. Ernie Q is really showing his blending genius and this blend has hit my rotation with a sledge hammer. I'm a smoker that likes to have blends on hand that cover all the various bases, and this one knocks all the other aros and 2 or 3 burley blends from my rotation. A masterpiece!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 16, 2015 Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
This is pure bliss ! The cut is incredible being similar to cube cut but softer and it kinda falls apart a bit like a Krumble cake type blend ... it's really incredible as it lights and stays lit brainlessly throughout out the bowl . The flavor is uncanny ! I don't think there is any Deer tongue in it because I have an anti Deer Tongue detector built into my genes which protects me from such horrid flavors like that and soap . That said , the flavor is burley [ not so much the woody but more nutty ] and a mild cocoa topnote which just works perfectly .. and I mean perfectly . The mouth feel is full and almost creamy but the blend isn't strong and burley bitterish by any means . Of the many blends I've tried in the past few years , this one stands out as a super classic , masterfully done blend . If I were to pick an all day " The One " tobacco .. it might come down to this blend . Thankfully , such a choice isn't reality .
Pipe Used: Quite a few
Age When Smoked: Not sure as it was a gift from a friend
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 06, 2014 Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant
04/06/2015 - I am very surprised that DCC has not been reviewed more than it has. Usually cube cut, top shelf Burley blends prove to be very popular (or unpopular like Crooner). DCC has the unique character of being totally made in house, IE not a mix of bulk blends which is VERY rare. I mean really think about it, what other micro blender creates flakes? Real BEAUTIFUL flakes, not the half crumble cake, half broken flake that those without a 5 ton press put out. Hats off to Ernie for being a master blender. DCC has the most amazing Iced Oatmeal cookie aroma and Graham Cracker nutty taste even though its not a heavy aromatic, just a light vanilla topping on some Rolls Royce Cubed Burleys... Although I like DCC anytime, if you like your Burley straight up like Prince Albert with minimal topping, consider this blend for times when you are around mixed company and want a fantastic smelling blend with real tobacco taste and don't let the vanilla scare you, its not BCA or 1Q strong...

Oh my... This blend has me mouthwatering just thinking about it. The below description is right on, only thing I can really change is they do not use deer tongue anymore, now they use a special vanilla type curing method. The cut is between a cube cut and a ribbon which makes lighting and packing a breeze, scoop and thumb into the bowl, doesn't get any easier for a beginner. I have been looking for a replacement for Wilke's Nut Brown Burley which has been discontinued and while Uhle's #44 is still the best replacement this has an even better aroma and much sweeter taste for someone coming off aromatics or likes a sweet burley smoke. The taste is off the wall delicious for me, think the best Burley flavor you've had and add a little black Cavendish sweetness with a Iced Oatmeal Cookie aroma. Actually that's the best analogy for me , an Iced Oatmeal Cookie. These guys hand blend and nothing is bulk blends mixed together, a real old school pipe shop that delivers top shelf blends, a must try!
Pipe Used: Cobs, no name italian briar
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: 238 , blended in 1776
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 28, 2015 Medium Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant
This is so good, I hardly know where to start. If you are an aromatic smoker looking to step up to an aromatic blend that is a truly great tobacco, DCC is it. If you are an English smoker looking for a great aromatic to try, or just a great tobacco-y Burley, this is it.

The cocoa and coumarin flavorings are not heavy and I really note only the chocolate. I don't get the licorice at all, but I am not the best at picking up every flavor nuance. I think the JimInks review below really nails this blend, as JimInks so often does, as does the DK review. If I was on a desert island and could have only a few blends, this would be one of them. As a blender, Watch City Cigar owner Ernie Q yields to no one. He is to Burley what Greg Pease is to Latakia.

Four stars because that's all I can give it. It is so rare for a tobacco to have a wonderful aromatic flavoring that also presents a masterful tobacco taste, but Deluxe Crumb Cut delivers both.
Pipe Used: Cob, Vauen and Brebbia briars
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 10, 2018 Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
This is a very pleasant tobacco to smoke. On one hand, it is a slightly sweet, tobacco forward blend that is so easy to smoke. It is delicious.

On the other hand, when smoked slow and consciously, you notice some very complementary components. While it has some noticeable sweetness, it also has a masculine side that reminds me of ancient grains, brown sugar, oak and truffles. It tastes rich, creamy and natural to me. I find the nicotine to be fairly medium to mild and could smoke this all day.

I do not recommend this tobacco for a quick smoke. One, it could burn your tongue if you smoke it to aggressively. Two, I think you need to treat this tobacco right in order for it to reveal its full potential.

I can't believe this isn't more widely appreciated. I think most of WCC's blends are terrific.
Pipe Used: Reverse Calabash, Lovat, Cob
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: Arrived in mail within the week
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 09, 2019 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable
This is a tobacco I wouldn't have given a chance back in my snooty aromatic hating days. Thanks goodness I've grown up enough to get over that.

This blend belongs in the category of barely aromatic Burley blend. I'm guessing this is what aromatics looked like prior to the oversaucing that started in the 1960s. I'd put it in the same class as a tobacco like Derby Club in that both have a nice added flavor note that never diminishes or takes away from the focus on the quality Burley blend that it is. To my palate it is definitely identifiable as a Sutliff Burley, but it's the best quality Sutliff I've ever smoked and that Sutliff sour note is way less noticeable than in other Sutliff based blends. There may be a little molasses and cocoa to this, but what I get is vanilla applied with a very light hand. You get more of it in the smell of the unlit tobacco than you do while smoking it. I doubt this would ghost a pipe more than it'd take two bowls of straight Burley to undo. The cut burns great and is a great Burley cut, not as fine as a cube or the classic Burley Grape Nuts that Kentucky Club was, more of a crimp cut.

This is a 3 1/2 star Burley for me, so I'll round up to 4. If you pinned me down I'd have to include this in my top 5 Burleys along with HU Makhuwa, MB HH Burley Flake, Uhle Blend 00, and Kentucky Club. If you like Burley, if you like codger blends, you can't help but love this tobacco. Russ O makes so many blends that it's like throwing spaghetti at the wall; most of them are nondescript and end up on the ground but occasionally he sticks something great by accident. Ernie on the other hand is the real deal, and I have not smoked one of his blends that I didn't think was at least way above average. Bravo and thanks Ernie!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 22, 2010 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
This one in the Crumb Cut Burley series by Watch City Cigars.

It is an unusual cut, in the pouch pouch it basically looks like grape nuts cereal. It also has flecks of green leaves in there which would be the deer tongue. Though this "grape nuts" consistency makes packing a breeze. Just scoop it up with the bowl of your pipe and and tap to settle.

Though so effort is required to light it and it did need

The pouch aroma is that of oatmeal cookies as so the room note.

The flavor is also similar to oatmeal cookies with the nuttiness of the burley and the hits of vanilla-y sweetness from the deer tongue. Not much flavor development through out the bowl save the nuttiness becoming more intense. Solid all day smoke for fans of burley.Great for those who want to branch away from aromatics.

Only drawback is the tobacco is prone to form a bit of tobacco dust, which can either clog the draft hole or cause you to end up with a mouth full of tobacco dust depending of the draw of the pipe.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 15, 2021 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Basically a codger burley blend, aro in nature but not heavy handed. Sweet in cinnamon pastry flavors. One reviewer compared it to "a spice cake in your pipe" which sounds right to me. A good choice for someone looking for an easy agreeable non-goopy aro that burns well and has a Christmas-time aroma. Holds no interest for me personally but many will find this quite smokable.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 21, 2020 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Another great tobacco from Watch City which along with Wilke, are my favorite small blenders. This is a sweet, nutty and expertly flavored burly, It smokes slow and cool. The blend could easily be an all day blend and for me is an excellent first pipe smoke. It is very close to the sadly discontinued Wilke Nutty Burley.
Pipe Used: Wide variety of briars
PurchasedFrom: Watch City
Age When Smoked: Varies
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