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Every once in a while a guy shows up in your inbox and you know you're gonna be in a world of craziness if you reply. Your first instinct is to hit that delete button like a prom date. it's kind of like that two year old carton of milk in the know it's sour, but you just have an insatiable urge to smell it anyways.

Well, I replied and I'm here to tell you that the milk is indeed sour, but the milk man is also a phenomenal blender! Ken Byron is a stand up guy whose blends I love. When I suggested a joint venture he immediately came up with the idea of "Watch City Ventures", A limited run of tobacco where Watch City offers a version of one of his blends and Ken Byron Ventures offers a version of one of ours.

This is my interpretation of KBV Burlier Morning Pipe. I took the liberty of adding subtle flavors of molasses and anise to the heady coffee flavoring. An imperceptible-in-taste amount of Latakia cools the blend of toasted crumb cut burley and black cavendish, and a dash of bright Virginia adds a subtle floral sweetness.

Now Head over to Ken Byron Ventures and grab some of his "Crumb Fu!"...a spectacular take on our Deluxe Crumb Cut.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q
Manufactured ByWatch City Cigar Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringAnisette, Cocoa / Chocolate, Coffee
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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JimInks (3047)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The various burleys provide a lot of earth, wood, and toast along with some nuttiness, and a bare touch of molasses as the lead components. The brown sugary black cavendish is a secondary player. The tart and tangy citrusy bright Virginia also offers a noticeable floralness, some grass and a couple pinches of spice in the background. The smoky, woody, earthy, floral, lightly musty sweet Cyprian Latakia adds a small push to the very consistent, deeply rich, creamy sweet, lightly savory spicy, and floral flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. The potent coffee topping is more obvious than the mildly applied licorice, and vanilla-ish couramin-like additive, and the molasses tends to be an undercurrent in the river of seasoning. One of the toppings has a light spiciness. While the toppings moderately sublimate the tobaccos, they also help the varietals create a synergistic harmony of well balanced complexity in every puff. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a slot past that mark as it falls short of the medium threshold. The nic-hit is a rung past the center of mild to medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness present. Has the barest hint of a rough edge possible. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace, and leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires an average number of relights. An all day smoke with character, nuance, and depth. Three and a half stars.


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