We start with a base of our own delicious "Simply Red" Virginia, add a bit of matured red Virginia and liberally dose with a black stoved Virginia for our own take on a "Red & Black" mixture. Tangy yet sweet...but not an aromatic!
The various red Virginias provide a lot of tangy fermented dark fruit, earth, wood, some tart citrus, a little grass, sugar, bread, acid, stewed fruit, light spice and a touch of floral. The black stoved Virginia offers a lot of tangy stewed fruit, sugar, earth, some wood, spice, and dark fruit. The well balanced Virginias meld together so well that I can’t say one dominates the other. You will notice every aspect of the Virginias in every puff. There's also a touch of raisins, plum and a hint of spice from a few pinches of perique. Not sure about the casings, but I sense a light red wine. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a rung past that, falling a tad short of the medium mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite, and barely has any rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, sweet and slightly savory campfire flavor that translates to lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a nice room note. A fairly easy going all day smoke.
Another great blend from Watch City Cigar. I keep telling myself to try more of their blends, and it's time I listened. Perfect smoking moisture content and sweet, musty earthy aroma. Smells like tobacco should smell. Flavor profile is slightly sweet, hints of dark fruit, plum comes to mind. A dry, subtle woody flavor supports the base flavor which I would describe as bready and earthy. The stoved black Virginia's really balance out the young and old reds and give a depth of flavor not in Red VA blends when they are standing on their own. Great after tastes that lingers a bit after you put the pipe down. Really good stuff.
The balanced combination of Virginia's rule the roost combining with the Perique to deliver grassy and dark fruity notes. The strength, taste and nicotine are all medium. No bite. Burns cool with consistent flavor and pleasant room note.
Jar note has a rich tangy fruity citrus pungent vaper smell with notes of sugar. Packs and lights just fine. Big pieces and some ribbons in there.
The taste however is much more sweet bread than what the jar aroma was. Don’t get me wrong there’s plenty of stewed and/or dried fruit in this. Not a lot of bright citrus notes or grassy notes instead there’s plenty of dark stone fruit flavor. Reminds me of dates or dried apricots. The sweet bready flavor to me is what makes this. It’s plenty sweet for a vaper. I don’t get any peppery notes on my tongue from the perique, however there’s a slight spice on the retrohale.
Rich, dark fruit, dates, dried apricots, sweet yeast bread. No harshness, smoked great, moisture was perfect. Stayed rather consistent to the end. Yes this will be a favorite of mine for years to come.
A rich, not light, blend of mildly sweet and tart. Detected a tantalizing Peretti-like spice (anise? a mint?) swirling within. Leaves a wonderfully fragrant bouquet in the nostrils. Another very satisfying hit for Watch City.
Package note of pungent sweet, sweet bread and spices. Tobacco is a ribbon/course cut of light brown, black and dark brown. Moisture content is great. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and mostly consistent, with notes of sharply sweet bread, rich, savory, sugar, tart and tangy zesty citrus, spices, floral, mild vinegary sour, dark plums, dried fruits, wood, sweet grass, acidic, a stewed sweet tangy fruit background note, and a peppery retro. Virginias are leading with Perique supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: 2016 Northern Briars Regal Rox Cut #4 Pot
Bulk bag note is quite tart and sweet. Its more of a course cut ribbon in small pieces, easily packed. You can tell from the first few puffs this is a great blend. Starts out smooth and stays smooth. Lots of tart citrus and sweet citrus. The blends of Virginia's are forward. The perique is in the background giving that fig plum flavor but just a bit. Great all day smoke. Strength and flavor are mild to medium while the nic hit is medium. Great smoke for those wanting to try a lite perique blend. 4 stars
Never smoked 'the other' R&B but this one is a real winner. The red virginia is a strong backbone complemented by the stoved virginia. Sweet and a slight sour note in the background. Smokes to the bottom of the bowl with a very satisfying and delicious taste. Vitamin N is ready to come out if you invite. Every Watch City blend I have had is top of the class.
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