Watch City Cigar Ahab's Comfort

Before Captain Ahab threw his pipe over the side of the Pequod, he smoked this dark rich English Crumble 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!


Brand Watch City Cigar
Blended By Ernie Q
Manufactured By  
Blend Type English
Contents Kentucky, Latakia, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.63 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 06, 2016 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
The richly smoky, woody, leathery, musty, incense-like 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 lot of earth and wood, and like the less obvious toasty, lightly grassy, honey, sugary fermented 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 essence of fermentation. The Kentucky is nutty, earthy and woody in a support role. The Turkish is woody, earthy, herbal, floral, vegetative, spicy sweet with a mild sourness that you’ll continually observe as a condimental addition. I don’t notice the Maryland, but it generally has little flavor anyway. The perique offers a very mild raisin, plum, fig and spice, though much of the time, you hardly notice it. The strength is just past the medium mark, while the taste is in the center of medium to full. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite, and has no harsh or dull spots, though it does sport some rough edges. A thick crumble kake, it easily breaks apart to suit your personal preference. Mostly well balanced, it burns cool and clean at a slow pace with a deeply rich, sweet and more savory campfire flavor that never wavers. Requires some relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a lasting richly sweet and smoky Latakia and light red Virginia after taste and room note. Not quite an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 01, 2015 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 07, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Well I was looking for some elusive Stirling Flake and Dark Flake Unscented and my usual retailers were plumb out, so I decided to go on to Watch City Cigar. Not only did I find the tobaccos I wanted, but this one and a few others really piqued my interest so naturally I ordered a few samples.

The tobacco comes in a little bag like most bulk ordered blends so not much to describe of there. In the bag are medium thin crumble cakes about the size, if not a little larger, than you will find in Seattle Pipe Club blends. The cakes are a nice mottled black and brown. The smell in the jar is of fermented Virginias, smokey Latakia, sour Oriental. For those Cigar smokers here it reminds me of the barnyard whiff on some cigars. It's very easy to break apart and crumble and light.

Once lit I taste smooth, smokey and woody Latakia. There is a lot of it according to the blender there is 60% Latakia in this blend. It doesn't overpower everything else, but it is nothing short of a powerhouse. Next I taste the Orientals with a very herbaceous, sour and tangy vibe. The Virginias float the other flavors and they tend to be bready.

I give the taste a medium-full. It takes over your taste buds but quickly dissipates. The strength is a medium. I wouldn't want it more than that, its very easy to smoke as it is. The room note is typical of an English so it may be slightly disagreeable to your friends. All in all a very respectable high Latakia English. And I shall keep ordering from WCC more often.
Pipe Used: Peterson Aran B5
PurchasedFrom: Watch City Cigar
Age When Smoked: New
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