Watch City Cigar Jolly Bastard

Our once limited 2013 Christmas blend is back for good due to popular demand. A true "codger burley" blend. Granular burley, Carolina flake, bright Virginia, black cavendish and a light fragrant topping. We LOVE burley at Watch City. The best quality blending burley, in our opinion, has a coarse, almost granular cut (think Grape Nuts cereal), needs little to no casing and has a light naturally sweet nutty and slightly earthy flavor with no bite. This Christmas blend nails it! Packs and lights like a dream and is mild yet flavorful enough to be smoked at any time of day!


Brand Watch City Cigar
Series (2016 Christmas Blend)
Blended By Ernie Q
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 23, 2014 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Mostly sandy colored cross between a plug-type cut and a quasi-ribbon with a deep heady smell of good burley. Plus a sort of vanilla topping. I also smell something akin to coconut but didn't taste any. In fact the flavoring seemed very Christmas-y and not just plain old vanilla. Perhaps some eggnog or rum toddy? I'm terrible at placing non-tobacco flavors.

Watch City may process some of the best burley in existence. It's always nutty and slightly sweet and possesses good body and the mouthfeel of excellent leaf. This is the main flavor of this blend. Jolly Bastard could be viewed as the vanilla equivalent to Deluxe Crumb Cut's chocolate. Whereas that one replaced a few blends in my rotation, this one falls short, and I don't exactly know the cause. Could be I prefer chocolate to vanilla with my burley (trying not to over analyze!). At any rate, this Christmas-type blend was just ordinary enough that I'm fine keeping the last 2 oz but not buying more. Deluxe Crumb Cut holds the place in my rotation where this one would go. Once again, Ernie Q has created something unique, but it just misses my wheelhouse. Try this if you love excellent burley in an easy-to-maintain cut and want a light aromatic to boot.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 24, 2015 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
The toasty, nutty, woody, earthy, molasses and brown sugar sweet burleys are the star components. The creamy brown sugary black cavendish is a condiment. The Virginia is a support system for the other components, slightly citrusy, toasty and grassy. There’s a floral note that comes from the deer tongue, though by this time, couramin may have replaced that component. I’m not sure about the topping, but it probably is a form of vanilla. Has a mild nic-hit. The strength is a step past the mild mark and the taste is a rung past that. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a very consistent flavor, and leaves almost no moisture in the bowl. Requires an average number of relights. No bite, no harsh or dull spots. Has a pleasant after taste, and room note. I recommend a moderate cadence to your puffing. This is well suited for OTC aficionados, and is an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 05, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant
(I am a newer and irregular pipe smoker. My reviews are subject to my preferences and tastes and pipe smoking habits)

I tried this blend after reading the description and SteelCowboy's review. I wanted a taste of some 'old codger' Burley aromatic and this seemed a safe bet. It comes fully rubbed out and granular, rich brown in colour and has a nice soft sweet Vanilla like aroma. Took a quick light and stayed lit with little touch ups. This is a very mild aromatic, for sure. The sweetness is soft and smooth and the casing is just barely noticeable. Burley is the real strong star for this blend. I'm not too well acquainted with the nuances of Burley, so I think I'm going to come up a little short on this review in that respect. However, it was mildly woody and somewhat dry, a little ashy my first time, but maybe that's just my inexperience in smoking this type of blend. Got a little tongue bite when I tried chasing some flavours with extra puffs, but nothing too harsh. A somewhat cigarette like after taste when I was finished smoking this. A decent blend that I will keep revisiting, but I'm not sure I am completely sold on this one.
Pipe Used: Estate - French Briar Bent Rhodesian
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: unknown/Fresh purchased
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 01, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant
Every Christmas morning, I have a tradition of smoking a new Christmas blend as we have our coffee and exchange gifts. This year’s blend was Watch City’s Jolly Bastard and it didn’t disappoint me or others in our living room. JB is a lightly cased burley that can best be described as “Old School.” It reminds me of old aromatic Burley blends from yesteryear. It’s fairly dry to the touch and smokes with a light sweetness that blends nicely with the nutty Burley. Jolly Bastard burns cleanly and didn’t become bitter as some blends of this genre can become. I am not sure is Watch City is making this blend available for future Christmases, but if so, it’s worth a smoke for those that like that old time flavor.
Pipe Used: Bulldog
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: new
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