Boswell Pipes & Tobacco Countryside

Countryside is our medium English blend. A Virginia base with Latakia and select Orientals. It is a delicious, smooth-bodied blend with no tongue bite. A wonderful balance for an enjoyable all-day smoke.


Brand Boswell Pipes & Tobacco
Blended By JM Boswell
Manufactured By  
Blend Type English
Contents Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.38 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 29, 2013 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Boswell's aromatics at this point, but I can say they know how to make a phenomenal "American English" blend (or, if you prefer, a "crossover" English).

Whatever you call it, Countryside is a remarkably tasty smoke. I also must say that I'm not sure I believe that it actually contains Virginia, Latakia, Oriental and Cavendish as the ingredient list on this page says. If I were called to guess, I'd say it contains burley, cavendish, latakia and perhaps a splash of some bright Vas. I don't taste any specific flavoring agents, but it's clearly been topped with some type of sauce that manages to add sweetness rather than flavor. The effect actually brings out some of the tobacco flavor, which is one reason I suspect there is burley in here -- it's a warm, nutty flavor that I normally associate with burley blends.

The latakia is applied with a light hand but is still definitely noticeable. In fact, the latakia taste is heavier here than in, say, GL Pease's Chelsea Morning or Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe. On the downside, there is no complexity to be found here and there is relatively little nicotine. The moisture level and texture of the tobacco signal the presence of some PG, but not an absurd amount. It doesn't impact the flavor much, and this stuff lights and burns like a dream. I've detected no bite with it, even when it burns a little bit hot.

Basically, Countryside seems to be an archetypal American English blend, that fading genre of OTC pipe tobaccos that once included the likes of Revelation, Blue Boar, and Barking Dog. Of course, if it contains no burley it can't really be counted among those blends, but I have my doubts as to the accuracy of the ingredients list supplied on this Web site. In any case, if you have a fondness for sweet latakia blends or the American English genre, give this a shot. I'm not sure you could do better and I guarantee you could do a lot, lot worse.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 15, 2015 Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is a nice English blend put together by BP&T. This has a nice balance that allows you to enjoy the smoke. If you get worn out on the heavy latakia blends and need a mellower note, this may be it. If you're an aro fan looking to bridge over and find your way toward English - have at this one. This is an enjoyable smoke that is hard to complain about. It has balance and fills a gap in the genre. Based on other reviews you can see where it fits. Love my Northwoods, Night Cap, Potlatch, and Squadron Leader - I find no complaints with this one. It is a nice smoke and I'll recognize it for what it is, another fine Boswell blend.
Pipe Used: La Strada Bulldog, Rossi Sitter
PurchasedFrom: Boswells
Age When Smoked: new, 6 mos, 1 yr
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 29, 2013 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
A nice, flavorful - light blend - Agree with all the reviews below: A good all day smoke; perfect for morning - good quality tobacco's; easy light - no bite - just all round good!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 01, 2022 Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The bag note really confused me on this blend. All I was smelling was the cavendish It smelled so sweet that I went and smelled some straight Latakia just to make sure my nose was still functioning properly especially after all the other reviews. After lighting it things changed completely I smoke mainly English blends many from Wilkie , most are heavy Latakia so my expectations were probably a bit skewed. Defiantly an all day smoke. All the flavors come out in this Latakia, oriental, Virginia and cavendish. It is a very balanced smoke. I don't get the Latakia forward it has some sweetness as I suspect this is the Virginia. Only one light was required dry ash at the finish. Smoked in a Paronelli that has only seen English. If you like light English this is a great one. Sincerely. Update on this review The blend picks up lot of flavor and sweetness after the 1/2 way point.
Pipe Used: Paronelli Briar
PurchasedFrom: Boswell direct
Age When Smoked: fresh from the bag
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 22, 2016 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Countyside is a mild/ medium English that is enjoyable. I try to catagorieze bodies of smokes with seasons, as many smokers do. Lighter blends IMO for the warmer months and of cousre , the full body blends for the cooler months. I tried Countryside at the deer camp this year in the first days of January and still am enjoying it once a week or so going into May. If you have ever tried Boswells Northwoods, you can make a comparison, Countryside being milder and not such a noticeable latakia presence. This is shaping up to be good year round smoke and will be buying more. 3 stars.
Pipe Used: Cherry wood
PurchasedFrom: Boswells
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 03, 2012 Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
This is a slightly sweetened and toned down version of Northwoods in my book. This one would be good for an early morning smoke, while Northwoods may be an evening smoke. I really love the subtle sweetness that creeps in from time to time. This one is very nice.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 28, 2011 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I initially expected a similar English experience as other English blends I've tried. Having forgotten this tobacco included some cavendish, I was surprised to pick up the sweetness during the smoke. That was not a bad thing. It was also not in every puff. It would come and go and made for a nice change of pace. I also picked up some taste/note of leather and dried fruit.

I did experience some tongue bite, but I'm going to attribute it to not drying the tobacco enough and the pipe I smoked it in. I look forward to remedying both of those issues next time.

I could see where this would be a regular blend in the rotation.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 23, 2023 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
A nice english blend from Boswell's. This is a very balanced english. Can't use the term "balanced" enough to describe it. Very smooth, smokey flavor, smokes cool, and no bite.

I would say strength and taste is a 1/2 step below medium. A little moisture halfway through the bowl. An all day smoke. Would be a good english to start with for those wanting to venture that way.

3 stars
Pipe Used: Savanelli Dolomiti 673 KS
PurchasedFrom: J.M. Boswell's
Age When Smoked: new 2oz. bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 27, 2022 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
From the rolling pastures of the bountiful agrarian landscape, appears Countryside a plush commixture of proud Turkish/Oriental, primary Virginia, and modest Latakia bounded in a pairing bed of sweetened Black Cavendish. As an exemplary American style blend, Boswell’s creation intertwines the standards of a proper English with soothing and tasteful aromatic culturing, as it endows a lighter bodied/mild- medium intensity experience. This mixture stands as dainty recipe of original tobaccos tendered by a minimalistic brushing of complementary accenting ingredients, (more to follow on this mystery). With customary gentility, Countryside individualizes itself as a marginally sweet blending characterized by pungent tangy floridity, spicy peat, sugared nuttiness, and charred retiring wood.

Visual inspection of this pouched bulk varietal revealed an aspect of impressive substance. An excessively darkened blanket of primely groomed ribbons encompassed posh Turkish/Oriental, aged Latakia and ample Black Cavendish encased by a base of red-golden strains of the Virginians. Merging handsomely together, these tobaccos form a dense presentation of blending opulence. Grabbing a pinch of the tobacco the feel was very supple and well textured. There was an inkling of moisture to be found, but in general, Countryside requires minimal set-up for consumption.

Catching the swell of Countryside’s pouched essence, I was immediately greeted with a welcoming sweet tartness. Leaning into this aroma, more scrupulous acumen uncovers lush notes of smokey Latakia, floral Oriental spice, sugary native Cavendish, and a tangy grassy/sweet bread emitted by the Virginia. Additionally, there was a definite tinge of vanilla, delicate plum, and diluted vinegar intermingling in the body of scent. No apparent nor recognizable zest from an alcohol additive could be registered, however, despite the official published commentary concerning the flavorings.

Based upon the roster of composing ingredients, I would argue that Countryside is an involved recipe by default. As with any mixture of marked complexity, there is that fine line of balancing mechanical science and blending craftsmanship to arrive at a product that achieves the final targeted character. Often, with these English varietals, I experience motion in the flavor. Specifically, the streams of divergent taste cascade around randomly throughout the smoking, which is a key feature of the genre that many find appealing.

With Countryside, however, I felt that spread of the simple taste band was kept very consistent and tightly controlled. Yet at the same time the registration enfolded some refined complexity. How this plays out is contingent upon the skills of the master blender. Obviously, Boswell has made the appropriate selections for the source, age, and grades of constituent tobaccos. The art of selectively metering ideal ratios of the same disposes the achievement of the design effect. All be it well controlled and a tad simplistic, Countryside was not colorless by any degree. What it truly demonstrated was an honest core persona that endowed aromatic liveliness and charisma borne by a well-designed/well-balanced convergence of mix-faceted tobaccos.

So, what was this captivating flavor? Although essentially an Oriental-forward experience, the bottom line of Countryside’s flavor is provided by the citrusy sweet, tang of Virginian strains which favors a stoved woodiness/barn hay-like humor. As I as smoked the blend in a mixed modality of assorted pipes, the range of peripheral Virginian tones surfaced quite nicely. Sometimes prouder and others not depending upon the pipe, regardless the dominant tang was steadily spot on. In specific, rich caramel undertones, brightness, raisin, and sweet bread notes highlighted the foundation in lovely contribution.

As I stated, the Turkish/Oriental is the principal forward element, which I deemed to be so colorfully sharp on the palate. To a large extent its presence underscores one of the primary departures from Boswell’s Northwoods recipe, which engenders a parallel but heavier character. Vibrantly floral and herby in constituent, the strain also projected a bitter cruciferous vegetal air much like a soft cabbage which added notable resonance to this botanic shading. Additionally, I discerned a basic darker mushroom pungency and punchy sour spice as typical of this variety.

The amount Latakia in the Countryside was generally secondary in nature, providing a twin festive complement to the profile. With an apparently conservative balance of aged Cyprian, the registration calmly denoted a subtle leathery charred wood, gentle smokiness, and a dash of saltiness residing in the middle rear sphere of flavor as a dignified contender.

The Cavendish most likely facilitated the smooth tapering of mixed streams to achieve a gentle smoking English. As such, its presence within the overall taste was slighted, merely revealing a dash of brown sugary zest and some earthy nuttiness much like baked pecans. I felt, however, that the casing applied had some sugary plum essence to it. Although the recipe calls for the additive of alcohol, I did not overtly taste it. Conceivably this stated plum note spoke to some dilution of wine or flavored spirit? Moreover, there was a gentle soft creamy vanilla note that rode consistently as a finishing highlight. Compared to Northwoods this last flavoring was a bit more prominent, not stark but vaguely sweeter.

On a further note, halfway through the bowl, I felt the Oriental picked up steam, kicking more firmly as it served to dissipate some of the noted sweet additive flavorings. Furthermore, the blend seemed to take on more woody and earthy feel upon my palate. The cohesiveness of the tobaccos in general were extremely smooth with roundness of edges and a feathery disposition. Overall, the flavorful taste holds true for the duration of the smoking. Cob or briar, this quiet mixture proved to be enjoyable and reliably consistent.

Finally with respect to the basic mechanicals, Countryside’s suppleness facilitated peaceful loading of the pipe as the assorted tobacco gracefully conformed into a dense wadding with the bowled chamber. As to the burn characteristics of this low nicotine mix, I found the cone moved splendidly along in a slow and easy manner, quite befitting the motif of its namesake. The smoke texture itself was velvety soft producing a healthy plume of blue-grey vapor that felt comfortably cool within the mouth. Substantively, Countryside delivered a thin bodied classic English spicey aroma marked with extra mellow tanginess and creamy warm sweetness
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 24, 2022 Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Bag note smells like an English blend. I do detect a slight topping, maybe some alcohol, it’s slightly sweet but I wouldn’t immediately say this is a cross over type of blend. Packs and lights just fine.

The taste is more of a proper English blend. More so than Mild English which was more sweet with a very noticeable sweet topping. Country side had a slight sweetness but not where near Mild English. Country side also has orientals making it more of a proper English blend.

The Latakia is very much present, musty herbal woody smokey. The orientals are detectable and are sour woody floral. The Cavindish and topping tones it all down a few notches. It’s quite nice. A very easy smoking all day English blend. Not I would say into the realm of a cross over, the topping is very light, a tiny bit of sweetness, while mildly retarding the tobacco flavors without imparting much other flavor. Sweeter and milder than a strong English/Balkan but not sweet or flavored like Northwoods, Mild English, or Military Force. Almost boring but in a welcome home cooked meal sort of way.

Slight mouth tingle, no bite. Retrohale is Latakia and oriental forward. Smoked as fine as a tobacco can.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum
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