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Limited Small Batch Release available in 2oz bags.

A fine aromatic blend of Burley, Virginias, Black Cavendish, and Perique. Choice leaves are blended, carefully pressed into a generous cake, aged, and then hand-rubbed. Mirkwood is hearty, full, semi-sweet, and kind to the mouth.

Not a gooey, wet aromatic, but a Hobbit Aromatic… and that means comfort.

Many perilous paths have led you here to the edge of Mirkwood forest. The Old Forest Road is the one you must take. The way is narrow and dark with trees that are tall and menacing all around. The woodsman had told you tales of giant spiders, elves, and an ancient fortress built by a necromancer. Fear could overtake you, but you have prepared for this journey. You take out your pipe from your pack and open your pouch filled with delicious pipeweed. An aroma of baking spice, nutmeg, buttercream, and caramel fills your senses. You light your pipe for the long journey through the forest. The plumes of sweet smoke bring peace to the air that is thick with enchantment. Your pipe resounds with notes of vanilla, almond, coconut, and cane sugar. As night befalls you, your senses get keener as you spot cobwebs in the trees and lurking eyes of yellow and red in the thickets. Just like this forest at nightfall, the mixture you puff now takes on darker tones. Notes of dark chocolate, deep red wine, tangy cherry, anise, and spiced blackberry have come to the forefront of your sense, rounding out the bowl. You have pressed on for many miles and finally spot the end of the Old Forest Road. You look back upon the path you have trod and feel more courageous, yet sad, because the unexpected journey is now closer to an end. Peering once more into your pouch of tobacco, the thought comes to you: “Yes! I shall name this fine leaf after the ancient forest I have crossed. Mirkwood is thy name.”

BrandThe Country Squire Tobacconist
Blended ByQuinn Crawford
Manufactured ByThe Country Squire Tobacconist
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
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To give you a hint from where my below impressions are coming from; I favor aromatic blends (vanilla being my favorite), although I am finding I enjoy English/Scottish blends more frequently, which I could not stand when I first started smoking a pipe. I have been trying more of the English/Aromatic combo blends, which I have found being more and more of that I am reaching for for my everyday smoke.

Like many others, I am a huge fan for Tolkien! So naturally I wanted to try some of the available themed blends out there. So far as of 2022 the only easily obtained commercial versions are from The Country Squire and Just for Him. This review is for the new "Mirkwood" blend from The Country Squire series, there are normally 6 blends with a mix of 3 being aromatics and 3 being non-aromatics with this "Limited Small Batch Release" being an one-off run that I was lucky to obtain.

Opening the bag, what I smelled was fruity (that I could not identify) and sweetness from the tobacco, no strong individual note but a pleasant combination of flavors. This reminds me of "Old Toby" with a fruit topping in the smell.

The flavor I tasted was also very similar to "Old Toby". Think this blend with caramel/fruitiness is what I tasted. The room note was very pleasant.

It was semi-moist, but I did not have to dry this out before smoking. I did not have any tongue-bite with this blend.

Pipe Used: Rattray Goblin 99

Age When Smoked: new

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