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2014's Limited Christmas offering is a simple granular burley with just a whisp of an old time American casing. Reminiscent of the Burley blends of Christmases long past.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q
Blend TypeBurley Based
FlavoringTonquin Bean
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3005)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The granular burley is easy to pack, and fairly easy to keep it, though it usually needs a few relights after the half way point. The burley isn't very sweet, but it does have a touch of cocoa to go with a high degree of toast, earth, wood and nuts. The tonquin bean topping is not strong, and seems to come and go, though it somewhat weakens by the time you get to the last third of the bowl. The more I smoke of this, the more I'm thinking the topping has a touch of anise, too. The level of nuttiness never changes, but it is more noticeable towards the end because the topping is less obvious. The burley never gets cigarettish. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the mild mark. The taste is in the center of mild to medium. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns cool even if you push it a little. Burns clean at slightly less than a moderate rate with a very consistent, deeply rich flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl,a nd requires a few relights. Has a lightly lingering pleasant after taste and room note. It's meant to remind the smoker of the old-time burley blends, and it keeps its promise as an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30126)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Granular cut for sure, and easy to scoop fill your bowl. Chestnut brown with a deep earthy aroma and with just a hint of added topping. WC says tonquin bean and although I can't confirm, I'm in no position to deny.

Where the WC Aromatic #7 missed for me, this one hits dead on. This is a codger burley, as WC states, with just the most minor boost of flavoring. I didn't even get the flavoring some of the time, as it wafted in and out. So this is essentially an easier on the palate codger burley with no bite, full nutty flavor and on the heavier side of the nicotine scale (but not too heavy). Old timey indeed! Less cocoa flavored than their Deluxe Crumb Cut but in the same ballpark, so if one required less flavor, this is the one to choose. Watch City uses unparalleled burleys in their blends that don't go bitter or foul and stay nutty and/or earthy down the bowl. A genius yet simple blend... almost like someone finally perfecting the peanut butter sandwich or something. I hope they still have some of this limited edition available!

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