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Old Dominion is the nickname for the state of Virginia...and now it's the name of this blend of sugary bright and ripe red Virginia leaf touched with perique, pressed into cakes and sliced. Medium bodied classic Virginia flavor.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q.
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29715)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

One of the fattest flakes I've seen but also one of the crumbly-est. Kind of dirt colored with a heady pouch aroma of basic Virginia and perique. Rich smell, with a little something beneath - kind of a spice. This was best rubbed out.

Old Dominion started for me with a burst of perique, complete with nose tingle when I smoked it in a bent pipe or when I snorked. A mellow sweetness but more tang in the first half of the bowl, with that feisty perique nature. The 2nd half of the bowl showed off more of the sweetness while the perique receded, but it still had that underlying spice. This transition was kind of sudden as I noticed no subtle merger - it just kind of changed around mid bowl. The perique content seemed almost perfect! I don't have a lot of VaPers in my regular rotation, but this one demanded to be added. It fits in nicely between the heavy flavor bomb of GLP's Telegraph Hill and the lighter and sweeter G&H Louisiana Flake. This one was so expertly balanced that it would make a wonderful all-day smoke. As SteelCowboy says, this is pretty straightforward but it is far from ordinary. It brought old Escudo to mind before the multiple changes to that blend. Not as complex, perhaps.

Once again, Ernie Q shows that he bows down to no blender and can certainly show a thing or two to a lot of them. Highly and hugely recommended to all VaPer fans.

14 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2592)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The red Virginia is tangy dark fruit sweet with some wood, earth and bread with light floral, sugar and spice notes, and takes a small lead over the other components. The bright Virginias provide some tart and tangy citrus with a little grass, sugar and floralness as a second lead. The matured Virginia has provides a little fermented tangy stewed dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, and light sugar in support of the other Virginias. The earthy perique is moderately present, and is mildly spicy with a fig, plum and raisin character. Sometimes the perique shows up more than it does at other times. The same goes for the red Virginia, though you always notice it one way or another. I recommend you fully rub the fat flakes out to aid in the burn rate of the tobacco. Otherwise, you may have a hard time with the bottom quarter of the bowl. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the taste is a slot short of the medium threshold. The nic-hit is a rung less potent than the strength level. Won't bite or get harsh, but it does have a few rough edges. Needs a little dry time. Burns cool, clean and slow with a mostly, deeply rich, mostly consistent, sweet, spicy and savory flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste. It requires some relights, but leaves very little moisture in the bowl, unless the pieces you rub out are big and chunky, and then you'll have a moisture and a relight problem. Can almost be all day smoke with some punch that wears well during your smoking day. Three and a half stars.


10 people found this review helpful.

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

Another delight from Watch City Cigar. I haven't tried all their house blends, but I haven't gotten a bad one yet.

The Virginias are lightly citrusy and quite sweet and there's just the right amount of Perique to add some spice and a bit of plum flavoring. Thanks to not being overloaded with Perique, the nicotine strength is on the mild side of medium. The cut is listed as a flake and I suppose it technically is, but this is more of a crumble cake really; you won't be folding and stuffing this one. It breaks apart effortlessly, packs easily and burns with no fuss, just like it should.

This is a first class Va/Per. I'd put it up against anything from the big vendors any time. If you haven't tried WCC blends, you really should.

Pipe Used: A pair of Dunhills that mostly see VA blends

Age When Smoked: pouch fresh

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar Co.

7 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Old Dominion is another flake created out of the imagination of Ernie, the owner Watch City Cigar. Made from Bright, Red and Matured Virginias with Perique. This is a pretty straight forward VaPer, but not boring at all. The pouch scent is offers a mix of tangy and sour scent. The color is medium tan with some light flecks. The flake, like the other Watch City flakes, is cut on the thick side. I find this blend works best for me fully rubbed out. I prefer it in a smaller bowl and fairly dried out. At first light, OD shows off its peppery side before settling down into a nice, smooth, slightly sweet smoke. The bright Virginias are what make this blend for me as they are added perfectly for my taste. The sweetness increases as the bowl progresses. I think this blend is good now, but has amazing potential for glory after a rest in the cellar. All in all, another fine flake from Watch City.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

7 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (70)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Thick, beautiful, soft, meaty slices that smell harmoniously of bright and red Virginias and fruity perique. Rub out easily and burn well with a couple of relights; some dry time is probably warranted, at least for a fresh batch.

The smoke seems extra thick and creamy for a VaPer. The sunny and golden toasted flavors of the brights were out in front, nicely complemented by the other VAs. The perique was really well behaved; definitely present, but in a supporting way mostly; danced out in front a few times, but in an enjoyable way.

At a few points I worried that it was veering into cigarette territory, but it always pulled back to that nice toasty VA flavor, all the while with that sharp, slightly fruity edge in the background.

This is my new favorite VaPer alongside H&H Viprati. Not as sharp and tangy as the latter. They should complement each other well.

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

5 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (209)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Received this as a sample with an order from Watch City...kudos gentlemen for observing my purchase patterns and discerning my taste preferences...and boy am I glad they sent it. I was underwhelmed by Watch City Slices, I like it but I think I set my expectations too high from reading reviews, or maybe it needs a bit of age. I think the latter is most likely. Old Dominion is one of the best VAPer blends I have smoked. I normally never smoke more than 2 bowls of one blend in a day, but I went through several in a day and then made short work on the sample the following day...time to re-order. The pouch note is what you would expect: figs, prunes sweet hay and earth...awesome. The flavor profile is sweet and spicy. The perique is applied with a moderate hand, not too little or too much. It is really spot on. The smoke is reasonably complex as well, it starts with the perique in the lead, spicier up front with dark fruits and at about the 1/3 mark it becomes toasty and bready with more VA sweetness but the pepper is ever present but in the background. I think there is a topping of some kind, apricot maybe, but it is so lightly applied that it only enhances the flavors of the component tobacco. Great stuff in a beautiful crumble cake. Well done Watch City.

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (379)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The flakes are dark and smell a little sweet and earthy. They are more of a crumble and remind me a little of Anniversary Kake in terms of pressing density and a little thick. The flakes are wider than most- about 4 inches long and 1.75 inches wide. I broke off pieces and rubbed them out in my hand to load.

The Virginia is a slightly sweet and mellow with a few citrus notes. The perique presents as a dark fruit with a little spice on the snork. It is a very pleasant combination and an easy smoke. Perhaps due to being slightly damp, it was a slow smoke, but I found it easy to keep lit. I found the flavor to be very consistent - perhaps a heavier sweet at the bottom of the bowl.

This blend is a wonderful VaPer, and I recommend it.

Pipe Used: various Grabow and GBD pots

Age When Smoked: 2.5 years aged

Purchased From: gift from a friend

3 people found this review helpful.

Heliumbro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Heliumbro (13)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

(I am a newer and irregular pipe smoker. My reviews are subject to my preferences and tastes and pipe smoking habits)

I have been smoking this blend from Watch City off and on now for a few months. SteelCowboys review is pretty spot on for this blend.

It comes in the familiar 'Crumble Flake' fashion from Ernie and is a dark rusty brown overall color. The smell is rich and heavy of Virginia, very similar to SG FVF, but with that extra little note of dark fruit/figs from the Perique, but it is very faint. I am not sure of the age when I purchased this blend, but after several months 'whole' in a mason jar before being rubbed out, I noticed a plume developing on the tobacco. I pack relatively light when I smoke and try to keep a slow pace, and this tobacco was perfect for that. Of the three VaPer blend I have from WCC (558, Hampton Rd and Old Dominion) this is by far my favourite. The overall character of this smoke was Virginia sweetness and some mild vinegar notes. The Perique was very light, to me, and could only be detected occasionally when I noticed little black pepper tingles. But there was a rich, dark, rounded 'note/taste' present that helped add a little oomph to this blend. When I return to Watch City I will be ordering more of this and cellaring it, with SteelCowboys recommendation. This blend comes well made and at a great price, for me. A 'light on the Perique black pepper' VaPer that I am really happy with.

Pipe Used: Est. Fr. Briar Bent Bulldog

Age When Smoked: unknown/Fresh purchased

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

3 people found this review helpful.

SunriseBoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SunriseBoy (20)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I'm not a JimInks wanna be, but want to share, briefly my experience with Ernie Q's Old Dominion. I've only had five or six blends from him, and they are all knockouts IMO. The OD is just a wonderful VaPer. The best one I've had. Lights OK. Burns fairly well, and has a good depth of taste, and no bit. Just a great blend. Not quite an all day smoke, but two or three bowls in a row is no effort at all. Like a few others who have commented on Ernie's blends, how is it that so few ever review his stuff. Practically 10 out of 10 for all of them. He is my go-to for all my leaf now. His service (crackling humour) is brilliant. Apparently, a Russian guy went into his shop and, in a thick Russian accent he said "4Q". Ernie looked at him (and nearly said "4Q too", but realized what he wanted. It's probably good E. hadn't had a few belts of burbon, and quip back to the Russian guy, "I have None of Your Business and Fat Bastard". LOL!!!

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Out of the pack

Purchased From: Ernie Q.

2 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (102)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Sweet experience, literally. Standard bready, red Va. tobacco taste with a plummy Perique. This is a must try for VaPer lovers, and any non-aromatic smoker seeking something a tad more sweet than the usual VaPer offerings.

2 people found this review helpful.

craig61a Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
craig61a (7)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Shredded in a small coffee grinder, and left to dry down for about 45 minutes. There was a pleasant sweetness, and a dark molasses and plum flavor on the charing light.

A nice volume of smoke, fullness from the Red Virginia and Perique, a melange of dark fruit, molasses, citrus tangyness; the Perique provides a rich plum and raisin flavor.

As the bowl progressed, the spicyness of the Perique began to assert itself. At mid bowl it reaches a peak, however the other tobaccos are well represented in a supporting role.

Required a minimum of relights, leaves a fine white ash, little moisture.

My new favorite VaPer...

The spiciness of the Perique subsides in the last third of the bowl. Perhaps I have acclaimed to it. The tobaccos are working well together, and the sweetness of the Virginias doesn’t diminish.

The burn is somewhat slow, and the flavors mellow a bit. Still provides a nice rich volume of smoke.

Pipe Used: Jeantet Canadian

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

1 person found this review helpful.

mark81253 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mark81253 (18)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My first experience with a Watch City blend and boy am I impressed. This stuff comes in super thick slices that remind me of carved brisket. It doesn't rub out, it crumbles out and I love this. Very easy to break down into whatever size you prefer. The smell is incredibly inviting. This here is a Vaper lovers Vaper. The Virginia is sweet with wonderful classic tobacco flavor. The perique is spicy, tangy and piquant. Gives me the "Old Snorter Zing" I cherish as I exhale through the nose. My smorgasbord of Vapers continues to grow. I sometimes find it difficult to choose one at any given pipeful, but this one is sure to be in the lineup. I'm a Vaper Vampire!

Pipe Used: Carey's

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.