Watch City Cigar Old Dominion

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.


Brand Watch City Cigar
Blended By Ernie Q.
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.59 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 12, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
I purchased a half pound of this bulk when placing a large order from WCC a few years ago and finally got around to trying a couple ounces. I went with 8 ounces because I thought it sounded like something I would like. I am not disappointed.

It is a solid VaPer that is a little darker and earthier than my favorites in this genre, but it is nice to have a solid change up from time to time. The dark and earthy is mostly due to the Virginia which also has abundant sweetness, just not much in the way of citrus and hay. It is more along the lines of fruity.

The Perique is moderately applied. You can tell it is there, but it in no way dominates. It is just the right amount of spice. The presentation is the standard Sutliff produced flakes that are really more like narrow crumble cakes. This is one of my favorite cuts in pipe tobacco. They are fun to work with and pack easier than a standard flake. They also perform well and this blend is no exception to that.

I like it and look forward to trying the rest of it as it ages.
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: 2 years 8 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 24, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable
I have been lucky to have sampled several of Watch City’s blends and decided to purchase a few that I have not tried. Some of the blends I wanted were out of stock so this is one that I settled for based on the description. I will have to admit the first couple of bowls were okay but over the past week this blend as grown on me. I brought this in to the club and a few observations from some was that it seemed to be lacking a little in the Perique department. A point well taken I suppose. The aroma of the soft flakes, almost crumble cake like was that of sweet stewed plums for want of an adjective. I slightly rub mine out unlike others who apparently rub theirs out until it is like sawdust. Every one has their own personal preference in how they smoke it so not for me to judge. Even though I am. Ha. This smoked semi-sweet, lots of smoke and has a thick and meaty feel to it. With my jaded grouchy demeanor, I would probably rate this a 2.5 as even though good somewhat on the fence on this one. But I prefer to grade upwards rather than down and will give it a 3. Glad I bought it and my Meerschaum Poker is glad I bought it too.
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 03, 2018 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
PurchasedFrom: gift from a friend
Age When Smoked: 2.5 years aged
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 30, 2024 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
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Old Dominion

OD is a subdued, medium strength Virginia/Perique blend that is Virginia forward. The Perique is present and part of every puff. This is a competent blend. The Virginias add a structure with some fermented grass. Pressed into easy to crumble flakes but needed some dry time. No obvious flavoring added. Available bulk.

OD is straightforward but not complex. Burns cool. A combo of tangy and lightly sour taste profile. It feels, on my palate, pretty basic. Not nearly as good as Escudo, Haddo’s Delight, Doblone d’Oro, Viprati, or Fairbourne.

This is a heavier VaPer than, say, Penny Farthing, Chenet’s Cake, or Orlik Golden Sliced, but heavier does not translate to better. In my view, the VaPer market is saturated with excellent choices (some mentioned above).

I’d give it 2.5 stars our of 4 rounded to 3.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 21, 2023 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
And so, entering for your consideration, comes a classic example of a pressed Virginia-Perique production, Old Dominion, an original house offering from Watch City Cigar & Pipe. In deferring to the generalities of the published recipe, we find an essential mixture of basic Virginia and Perique tobacco within its fundamental construction. Yet, further supposition suggests that, although convenient, this nicely simplified description may not be an entirely accurate depiction.

Chiefly, evidence revealed by mere observation and the experiential details that followed with its smoking, lead me to surmise that, in fact, Watch City has enfolded quite an array of select Virginia tobaccos within the recipe’s design. Namely, the singular character that was discovered by repeated smoking sessions refutes anything to the contrary. And although explicit details of the blend’s ingredients are not readily available for review, that is my definitive conclusion for what it is worth.

As a bulk offering, Old Dominion is the summation of when single cut and whole leaf portions of tobacco are blended together and then neatly pressed into a healthy cake formation. In being a time dependent operation, this squeezed cake is held tensely compact for an extended period, thus allowing for the natural incurrence of fermentation and the co-mingling of the comprising ingredients.

At the point of maturation, this pressed cake is then generously sliced into meaty slabs dimensioned at about a ¼” thick. As a result, a finished strand of Old Dominion provides an elaborate specimen of pressed multivariant tobaccos. Exquisitely ridged gradations of conjoined, toothy tobaccos show a vibrant compressed mélange of yellow, bright tans, orange, red golds, assorted/stoved browns, and finely embedded swatches of sheer black. The precision of attained fusion of these bounded tobaccos is impressive in a word. And as a technical reference, this tobacco is best rubbed out as any attempt to fold and stuff one of these monstrous strands would prove to be an exercise in utter futility.

There is yet another physical aspect of this tobacco that emits with memorable distinction. To merely express that Old Dominion carries a native pungency would be an untrustworthy personification. Truthfully, a jolting wave of festy rancidness liberally springs forward in a most primal fashion to define the expressive tone. As it emerged, realistic essences of classic barnyard aromas play out as well as the affronting odor of cheesy, curdled milk and pastoral funk, without a shred of regard to modesty, just being honest. However, getting past that stigmatic swell, what surfaces is a more congenial representation of vinegary tartness, rustic wood, darker fruit tones, earthen spicing, aged hay, the enlivened effects of refined tangy floral and softly bedded sugars. In retrospect, it would be fair to suggest that the pouched air is a riveting presage of the adventure that soon followed.

Portraying Old Dominion all told, primarily, I would not necessarily classify this tobacco as complicated in nature. Truth be told, the blend offered a rather standard complexion that was commendably straightforward. In this simple bargain however, an ensuing display of tasteful subtleties and nuances evolved to arrive at a genuinely charismatic experience. Of objective merit, the particular grades of assorted leaves deployed within the recipe embodied a multitude of standard varietal attributes, some of which bordered upon the extraordinary. Both of the categorical strains demonstrated a scored assessment averaging at or above 80%.

As a medium-full construction, this mellow blend delivered a consistently round and aptly balanced confluence of the Virginian and Perique leaves, which reflected in achieving a high rating per the genre standards. Categorizing its inherent temperament, I would label this tobacco as deeper and fuller in scale. To be more precise, what transpired was a presentation of differentiated forward streams that competed fairly for recognized prominence. Through a gradual flow of movement, the effects of that competition surfaced to be quite engaging and tasteful, to say the least. Even so, the fermented delightfulness of the resident Virginian undeniably stood as the pinnacle feature of this blend’s singularizing endowment.

Moreover, an involved degree of stylish accenting and colorful highlighting added to the savor of the total experience. Still, there was a gingerly native sweetness that had been developed within the successive pressing operation. Circulating passively over the composite flavor, this gentle element brought a relaxing contrast to what could have been a racier presentation.

On the specifics, the prime Virginian contribution was brought forth by the significancy of the aged Red and stoved varietals. A fair depiction of the registerable personality is that the mainstream character is colored by a fanciful ambience of darkly matured fruit/tart-sweet teak wood. As this progressively advanced note resonated, a run of supplementary highlighting emerged to effectively frame a basis of extended importance. Principally these seasonings engendered the remarking of spruce-like floral, toasty darker caramel, and a curious hint of a spicing that drew an inference to fresh thyme. This dominant Red/stoved feature seemed to finish with an abiding nuance of loamy dirt and a weakened hint of softened cinnamon sugar.

With a more reserved posture, what denominations of Bright leaf that were attendant, shyly revealed themselves in the remote trails of the upper middle band of flavor. Subtle at best, their character reminded me of the fields of alfalfa present here in Ohio’s Miami Valley, a bit green but more so richly tangy. In order of magnitude, this Bright-centric feature was absorbed comparatively. Although, I did sense a discernable parceling of lemony-orange citrus that filled the shelf of the secluded flavor.

If you were to defer to Watch City’s description of the subject recipe, there is a note suggesting that a “dose” of Perique has been included within. With the smoking of this blend, the implications of that particular statement might be a little misleading. Not that this component is overwhelming, but nevertheless the Acadian factor within the registerable profile, in truth, comprises a good portion of the active flavor.

In demonstrating considerable vivacity, the selection of Perique used within the recipe is most definitely a key attribute of Old Dominion’s perceivable worth. Essentially this fetid condiment counters with an exacting, stark persona layered with embellishing shadows and shading. By and large, the principal thread projected a settled tint of mature simmered prunes, deeply seeded with dark seasoned sweetness.

With decided funky mustiness, the Acadian further showed a determination of smokey charred zest, herby, tart peaty pungency, and a dimmer tone of honest earthen sourness. Additionally, there is a presence of zinging pepperiness that sensitizes the whole nasal cavity. This distinct accent called to mind the feeling of common Cajun spice, as it hinged upon the assertiveness of the sweeter-hot punch that originates from a mixture of cayenne pepper and paprika. On a final thought, about the last third of the bowl, I found the boldness of the Perique did relax a tad becoming more sulfuric than anything else.

Through the production of medium-bodied smoke plumes, a standard room aroma showed as thickly crowded with an extravagant hosting of assorted Virginian splendor. Touching all facets of nuance, Old Dominion’s resolute spirit embraces the toasty fragrance of sweet grass to bolder tones of season spiced wood and yes, that notable musty fruited funk from the Acadian. The plumpness of this aroma is most likely a little off-putting for the sensitive types, but for me, splendidly captivating to come to the point.

Assessing Old Dominion’s essential mechanical properties, clearly the blend charted with solid performance. With an effort of proper preparation, the tobacco ignited easily and assumed a comfortably slow, dry burn for the course of the bowl. Nonetheless, at times there was a bit of roughness in the texture and escalation of heat which is definitely felt upon the palate. As such, my best recommendation is to slowly savor the session for optimum results. Furthermore, I found that my mouth experienced excessive dryness requiring a periodic dosing of water in circumvention. Overall, the rating was quite acceptable on the whole, despite this irregularity.

All things being equal, a VaPer is a VaPer rightly said. However, occasionally one of these typical concoctions comes along breathing with an air of compelling difference. This characteristic alone epitomizes that blending craftmanship is not just making a product that meets existing expectations. Instead, it is about creating something new that changes those prospects. Uniqueness always equates to attractiveness with respect to pipe tobacco. In reflecting upon the mystique of Old Virginia, this unique blend shines with the best of that which made the state historically famous, pure simple enjoyable tobacco. It takes a lot of history to make even a little bit of current tradition and Watch City’s Old Dominion is a fine representation of that very concept.

Objective Scoring: (based on flavor, standard genre attributes and mechanicals): 130/153 ? 2.88 WAVG.

Subjective Rating: (factored for likeability and cost): 3.4 Pipes.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 02, 2023 Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
A flake? Ummm, okay, you might be able to call it that. It's sort of looks like a flake, but I'd call it more of a crumble cake cut into flake size. Sorry to be a wet damper. I do like the presentation though, it is very well done, and very easy to work with. I'd give that aesthetic feature a good four stars. Like I said it's very easy to work with, and I expect it'll age well.

It is easy to crumble, and I do so without fully rubbing it out, only rubbing out enough to cover the top to get him even burn. When smoked right out of the bag, it takes a bit to get lit. If I might suggest it, taking some out to dry a little bit before packing is a good idea.

The Virginias in this blend are rich and hearty, and the Perique adds a slight spice and plum-iness (my own term for the hint of plum notes).

Some people might suggest smoking this in a flake pipe because it is so rich, but I like to put it in a big pipe, sit back and sip on it every so slowly and just enjoy. I personally think it tastes like a very heavy wheat bread, with the touch of rye, baking.

I'm glad I found this. My first order was 2 oz, and since then I have ordered at least a pound of the stuff.
Pipe Used: Muliple
PurchasedFrom: Watch City
Age When Smoked: Fresh & with a few months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 20, 2021 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant
Pre-Light Aroma: To me, the tin aroma runs somewhere between a Rattray’s Marlin Flake and a McClelland’s St. James Flake. It has a sweet smell to it but more of a dark sweetness to it. Again, most likely from the Matured Virginias in the blend. There is definitely some spice from the Perique in there, but it is in the background to the Virginia sweetness.

First ½ of the Bowl: Wow…..this is good stuff! Everything is very balanced and there aren’t any flavors being shoved in your face. Very pleasant to smoke. As with the aroma, the taste is sweet but in a dark way. More molasses than honey in my opinion. The perique is definitely there to add some spice/tanginess and to cool things down a bit.

Rest of the Bowl: More of the same as above. This blend is very consistent from start to finish. Take your time with this one and it will reward you.

Summary: In short, this is an excellent blend. All of the players are properly represented and they all play nicely together. This is not an overly Virginia VaPer or an overly Perique VaPer…..everything is balanced properly. If you are new to VaPer blends then this would be an excellent place to start. I, myself, will be ordering a few pounds of this just to see how it ages. I think that it will only get better with time.
Pipe Used: Several, mostly Italian
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 19, 2021 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Dark, thick, sticky sweet VaPer flakes with deep fruity notes. A crumble cake, really, as it's super easy to rub out.

After a 15 min dry (I'm wintering in Arizona - no humidity makes for quick drying!), it took a few matches to get going and then it took off and smoked like a chimney with lots of thick smoke volume.

Sweet fruit from the VAs mingles with the spicy Perique. This is a nice, richly-nuanced and savory VaPer - stronger than Elizabethan Mixture and Escudo but not over the top on strength and nicotine. It's fabulous, really. Can't wait until it gets some age on it.

Along with some drinkable water, I just might be able to survive with this on a desert island!
Age When Smoked: Fresh Bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 02, 2021 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
The tobacco comes in perfectly formed crumble flakes. They look as good as they taste. The bag/jar note is very apetizing. You get the the raisin/fig/prune scent but to me it smells more bread like someting closer to "baked goods" I allow for a little extra dry time because the flakes are thick and hold quite a bit of moisture. For the best smoking experience it is best to break up the flake all the way or rub them out fully. This is not the best tobacco for the fold and stuff method.

Once you light it up you will taste the tang and zestiness right away. Nice and sweet. Not harsh at all but the flavor is bold. The blend consists of red, bright, mature virginias, and perique. The virginias are of high quality and perfecty blended to give you that sweet, spicy and tangy flavor. The right amount of perique is added to enhance the flavor of the virginias to give you that sweet and spicy smoke throughout the entire bowl. There might be a slight topping. Maybe brown sugar like? But its almost unnoticable. To me the smoke is a little thicker than a lot of other VaPer blends and it leaves a nice sweet bread like taste on the exhale. I would say that the Nic hit is mild but to me the flavor of the tobacco would be in between medium and full. I think I have been reaching for this VaPer often because it doesnt give me tounge bite and is consistant top to bottom without any harshness. It also has a pleasant after taste that does not dominate. There is some really good age potential to this blend. I think its very hard for blenders to get the different types of virginas to jive well but Ernie did this one Perfectly. An awsome blend from Watch City for sure.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 14, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: New
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