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Jim's Watch City Simply Red Review.

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  1. jiminks

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    Simply Red is a good name, but this is not a simple blend. There are several different shades of red (from light to medium to black) with a little orange in this ribbon cut Virginia product. Some of the reds are obviously processed differently. I believe there’s a little stoved red in the mix. The characteristics I observe are a burst of ripe dark fruit with a little fermentation, some tanginess, a lot of earth and wood, a splash of semi-tart citrus, mild grassiness, light sugar and stewed fruit, and a tinge of floral along with small spice, bread and acidic sour notes. It also sports a whisper of vinegar, though you won’t smell it when you sniff the tobacco, and will seldom taste it. The taste level falls just short of medium. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the nic-hit is barely past that center. No chance of bite or harshness even when pushed. Has a minute rough edge here and there. The tobacco is lightly moist, but I don’t think it needs any dry time. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with average range of complexity and a mostly consistent, well balanced, rather smooth, medium sweet flavor that also has a touch of sour savoriness from start to finish. These attributes translate to the short lived after taste. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights if given no chance to dry. The room note is pleasant. An all day smoke that makes a good mixer, too.

    It’s a little more complex, smoother, refined, mildly less sweeter, less matured, and a notch stronger than McClelland’s 5100, which also has a modest vinegar presence that Simply Red mostly lacks. SR is not quite as earthy or sweet, but is smoother with a hair more variety of subtleness than the more matured C&D’s Carolina Red Flake, which is a rung or two higher in the strength and taste departments. It’s not as sweet, aged, or as smooth, is a touch earthier and a little more nuanced, and doesn’t have the depth of flavor that the various years of McCranie’s reds have. This blend reminds me a bit of the reds used in the Sutliff crumble kakes with a little more nuance, and a little less strength and flavor. Simply Red is a couple of degrees more complex, citrusy, grassy and earthy, and is not quite as sweet as Sutliff’s Matured Red Virginia 515 RC-1, a fraction of which I suspect is in this manufacture. SR also has a tad more potency in body, depth, and variety of flavor. As far as I know, the tobaccos in this creation are provided by Sutliff. Four stars out of four.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. hoosierpipeguy

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    Excellent review Jim. Dead nuts on IMHO, especially your comparison/contrast to 5100. I've been smoking a bowl of this quite regularly and find it really enjoyable.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. sablebrush52

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    Simply Red is simply good!

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

    It is pointless to argue with a fanatic since a dim bulb can't be converted into a searchlight. - Jesse Silver
    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. sunriseboy

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    Yeah, Ernie just sent me two ounces down here in Oz, because it was the last two ounces had! Top blend...as usual. Jim has said it all. Highly recommended.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Piqued my interest, Jim. Impressive review-- absolutely no wasted words.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    ^^^^^ Jim's good at what he does, agreed. Very.

    Bill

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    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I'm not sure if an old burley huffer like me can do Simply Red without dressing up and going on good behavior, but it sounds complex in a good way and truly refined. I do miss McC's 5100, so this might fill the gap. One heck of a review, but that's jiminks.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. ophiuchus

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    -I'm tempted to try this out now.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    You convinced me, but it is sold out. Sigh

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  10. jiminks

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    Ernie is making more of it while we chat. He'll have a new batch before long.

    Many thanks to those who complimented the review. Knowing the importance of anything dealing with red Virginias in our current market, I tried my best to be as thorough as I could so my fellow pipers would know exactly what this blend is, and what it is compared to other red Va.s so they could make an informed decision.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Great review Jim. My tongue was on fire just from reading it.

    Harris
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Haha, Harris!

    New batch back in stock. I just ordered 8 ozs. Looking forward to trying a little and setting it into the cellar to mellow.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    snoopy, I hope you enjoy it.

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    Jim always takes pipe smoking to the next level. I don't have the brain capacity to think as much into it as him!

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Just received my 8 oz. today. Harris, I’ll be sure to send a couple of ounces your way.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Thanks for the tip on this tobacco! I bought some as well, and I say after two bowls of it, I understand the sweetness that is Red Virginia. Really good tobacco that stays lit and smokes to the bottom of the bowl! It has caused me to break out my 515-RC1 and TSR1 that I have jarred and set aside to do some comparison work.

    I am glad my taste buds can handle this stuff, as I really do like these reds!

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Every Watch City blend I have tried is of high quality and interesting. These are not your run of the mill rebadged blends. Highly recommended.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    I was lucky enough to get some of the last offering. So very smooth and tasty, I also can tell you it is worth trying if you haven't. How does this Tobacco age?

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Simply Red has only been produced for less than six months, no one knows how it ages. Given it is red virginia, I'd expect it would age superbly. I've smoked quite a bit of it,excellent tobacco. No need to lament over the loss of 5100 any longer. Watch City has numerous excellent blends people should be trying.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. stbruno70

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    I had some SR pre-release and really enjoyed it.

    I have ordered more and will put some aside for ageing.

    Ernie is a superb blender. Have a go at his other creations.

    Mason,Vice President
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    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. mso489

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    jiminks is precise, balanced and accurate, so I always read his reviews with care. This certainly sounds like the blend for those who miss 5100, and for others who just savor a good Virginia.

    Posted 2 months ago #

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