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Before Captain Ahab threw his pipe over the side of the Pequod, he smoked this dark rich English flake of 60% latakia balanced out with Turkish, white burley, stoved cavendish, red Virginia and perique. A beautiful sliced tobacco for those whose white whale is latakia!

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2396)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The richly smoky, woody, leathery sweet Cyprian latakia is the star component, and though this is close to being a lat-bomb, it’s one with some complexity. The red Virginia is tangy dark fruit sweet with a bit of earth, and like the toasty, lightly grassy, honey sweet stoved cavendish, underscores most every puff. There’s a mild “vinegar” note from the red Virginia as well, and much of the blend’s inherent sweetness has a light fermented taste. The Kentucky is nutty and woody in a support role. The Turkish is woody sweet with a slight sour hit that you’ll continually observe as an condimental addition. I don’t notice the Maryland. The perique offers a very mild raisin and spice, though much of the time, you hardly notice it. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won’t bite and has no harsh or dull spots. A thick crumble kake, it easily breaks apart to suit your personal preference. Mostly well balanced, it burns cool, clean and fairly smooth with a deep flavor that never wavers at a reasonable pace. Requires a few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a lasting richly sweet and smoky latakia and light red Virginia after taste. Not quite an all day smoke.


6 people found this review helpful.

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

I know I have said this on most of my posts on Watch City, but how many pipe shops still design their own flakes and cakes? Ahab’s is a winner. For me it needed no dry time, it didn’t turn to dust like many Latakia heavy flakes can sometimes do, and this is one Latakia heavy flake. Ahab’s is a thick flake, almost like a thin crumble cake. It can be broken or rubbed out, but it doesn’t lend itself to folding and stuffing. Ahab’s burns cool, with a lot of flavor. Although there isn’t a ton of complexity, Ahab’s allows the component tobaccos to make them known without the Latakia overpowering the smoke. I don’t detect any topping and if there is one, it is extremely light. If you are a Lat fan and/or a Lat flake fan, Ahab’s is one of the better ones out there. As a point of reference, I enjoy it more than Ten Russians and Pirate Kake (both blends that I enjoy) and is not quite up to par with my newest Lat flake, “Latakia Flake” by Mac Baren. Congrats to Ernie at Watch City on a great tobacco!

Age When Smoked: New

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6 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (69)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Beautiful thick, dark flakes with regular specks of tan. Pouch aroma is smoke and ketchup, like a very smoky BBQ sauce. Rubbed out and packed easily, formed a beautiful ember, no relights needed.

Wow. From the get go, it's right up there with Samovar, Legends, Magnum Opus, Commodore Flake and the like, with a healthier nicotine kick than most of them. Thick, beautiful, cedary/leathery smoke with a deep woodsy flavor and aroma; the latakia and orientals play very, very nicely together. Blend is a real steady Eddie through the first half of the bowl.

In the last half/third of the bowl, it gets interesting. This might have been my fault; it was so tasty that I couldn't help but push it pretty hard. The creosote and soapy flavors familiar to Lat lovers started showing up. Suddenly, the buttery and floral notes of a high-quality burley started taking center stage, with occasional hints of dark fruit, spice, and chocolate (the perique?), without ever losing that woodsy campfire in the background.

I thought I was finally settling into a well-defined rotation. Watch City Cigar is throwing that all out of whack.

4 people found this review helpful.

dolomite128 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dolomite128 (2)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Excellent blend and was pleasantly surprise to hear from Ernie Q that he had a new Latakia flake. According to the blender this has roughly 40% Cyprian Latakia in it. Delivers a nice gentle smokiness which reminds me of a more rounded out / aged Esoterica Penzance. Not saying it's identical but has similar characteristics. The Krumble Kake format is always fun to smoke and offers the chance to keep it chunky or rub it out all the way. My samples were only slightly rubbed out and kept lit all the way down the bowl. Offers sweet Latakia / Virginia / Burley smoke that is well balanced and leaving this tester wanting more. This is my first review of many to come but happen to enjoy this style of tobacco quite a bit. If you enjoy the richer, slightly sweet latakia blends (Bengal Slices?!? - not the aromatic version) then give this a whirl. Excellent!

Pipe Used: Ashton LX Billiard

Age When Smoked: n/a

Purchased From: Watch City Cigars

Similar Blends: Penzance, Pirate Kake.

4 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (882)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Beautiful mottled flake/cake with the heady aroma of latakia in the bag. I smelled nothing else. As SteelCowboy stated, this is a cross between a thick flake and a thin crumble cake, and breaks apart pretty much on its own. I finally decided that a very thin rub worked best, leaving something somewhat smaller than a broken flake and I stacked the load into thirds.

As with the Mac Baren Latakia Flake I just smoked, this falls a bit short of ideal for me. But I hasten to add that I'm simply not a heavy lat guy as a rule, preferring that condiment to be added... well... condimentally. But as a heavy lat, this is a winner. It lacks the spicy characteristic of the Mac B, which lacked the gorgeous body of this one. This actually TASTED thick, if that makes any sense. It's more of a mouthfeel, of course, but this was like a stew. Lots of component pieces that created a rich flavor, if somewhat monotone. I didn't get a lot of the oriental flavor and almost no perique, but the latakia and kentucky showed themselves quite prominently. What I liked most about this one is that it didn't taste "dirty" like so many lat bombs do (this claims to be 60% latakia but I'm guessing closer to 40%). Very often this is the case for me when blends add to many component tobaccos. But not here. This one was focused, deep and tasty. Just not my personal thing. But if you enjoy lat bombs, wait no longer. Ernie Q just nailed it.

3 people found this review helpful.

Kingdom Danimalia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kingdom Danimalia (11)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Strong

So, the description for Ahab's Comfort obviously hints that this is their take on Penzance. I had never tried Penzance before, but as it happens, my local B&M had an 8 oz. bag of Penzance available the VERY DAY my Watch City order arrived. I probably shouldn't do this, but what the hell. After smoking a half dozen bowls of each over the past week, and finally one of each side by side, here are my thoughts...

Having been initiated into the Penzance club, I guess this is supposed to be where I put on my haughty tobacco snob cap on and say, "Ah, you fools. Nothing could possibly compare to Penzance." I can't do that though, because Ahab's Comfort is actually pretty similar. More so than I recall any of the other blends frequently compared to Penzance (i.e. Lancer Slices, Quiet Nights, etc.). I find the VAs a bit more noticeable, and a sort of "aged" flavor in Penzance. I think Ahab's might be a bit spicier, and I get some subtle notes of vanilla. They're both outstanding. Supposedly, Ahab's has 60% Latakia, but it doesn't taste like it. It's not over the top at all. Both are very fine Latakia-forward crumble cakes. Both full in flavor, and moderate at most in nicotine.

If you think Penzance is God's gift to pipe tobacco, you might be disappointed. Clearly someone who feels that way finds something so unique about Penzance that it would be impossible for others to compare. Obviously, Ahab's Comfort is a different blend, with different tobaccos from different parts of the world. That said, if you're like me and think Penzance is merely an excellent pipe tobacco? I think you might find Ahab's Comfort to also be a very excellent tobacco and in the same class as Penzance. If you don't give a rat's A about this comparison and just enjoy a nice Latakia blend or like to play with crumble cakes? Highly recommended for you as well! If you just want this review to end already? You're in luck.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Billiard/Peterson Bulldog

Age When Smoked: Fresh from vendor

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

Similar Blends: Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance (Hides from angry mob), Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices (re-release) {Minus the topping}, Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding.

1 person found this review helpful.