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One of our "Middle Earth" Series tobaccos, dedicated to the works of Tolkien. Rivendell is woodsy and earthy. Mildly sweet with a hint of walnut.

Notes: Founded by Jim and Gwen Reeves in August of 1970, The Country Squire has been a Mississippi fixture and mainstay for over 40 years. As Mississippi's oldest tobacconist, we feature over 20 unique and interesting house pipe tobacco blends

BrandThe Country Squire Tobacconist
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Walnut
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3005)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Virginia is mildly grassy with some tangy citrus as the lead component. The burley is nutty, a little toasty and woody, a bit earthy with a drop or two of molasses as a secondary player. The black cavendish adds a little brown sugar. The chocolate topping has a nice richness that plays well with the lightly applied, nutty walnut. They say only a hint of walnut is present, but it’s rich, much more so than many blends that have it as a topping in a higher quantity. The topping do tone down the tobaccos, but you will get the basic qualities of what they have to offer. The strength is mild, while the taste is in the center of mild to medium. Has little nicotine. No chance of bite. It’s a little moist, but doesn’t need dry time. The burn rate is slow to moderate, and requires a few relights, but not too many. Burns very cool, clean, creamy, almost silky smooth with a very consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no goop or dottle. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. A very easy going all day smoke.


17 people found this review helpful.

Shiloh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Shiloh (4)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

From the Mountain Rambling Rusticator:

Nutty, Woodsy, Cocoa... this is a very accurate description by the blender. The first time I smoked this I kept saying, "Oh, Wow!," out loud, over and over. Like the House of Elrond itself, this smoke is a respite full of ancient wonder. This is by far and away the best Lord of the Rings inspired blend I have tried from any tobacconist. Top Shelf all the way.

Pipe Used: Various Briars

Age When Smoked: Newly acquired from the tobacconist

Purchased From: The Country Squire, Jackson, MS

12 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (96)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is going to be a first impression review. I’ll try to come back after a quarter pound or so and do it real justice...but the first thing many of you that order this will experience is that first bowl. What’s it like? Well, it’s like’s comforting in times like these that have so much meanness, strife and unpleasantness to find something that soothes, where simple efforts are rewarded with significant pleasure. This blend, as others have described, is a melding of walnut & cocoa with a tinge of vanilla and a fair amount of tobacco shining through. It’s past a semi-aromatic in which flavors are there just enough to compliment the tobacco flavors that are still the main focus. Here, the cocoa and walnut play the main roll...but gently. Instead of being bludgeoned with flavor one is lovingly caressed with the various aromas playing in and out. Of note are the ease of control. If the flavors subside it’s likely too hot...ease back and they come right back. Smooth? Yup. The aroma of the ample smoke off the bowl is a delight - as I imagine is the room note. But I’m an outside smoker,’s only a prediction. I’ve been a pipe guy for about fifty years and have smoked darn near everything, or at least every genre. I love Sweet VA flakes, Burley blends with Turkish and Cigar Leaf, nasty stinky Lakeland twists and name it. But few aromomatics are in my top picks. But this one is. I’d pick this joyfull, subtle, flavorful blend over 99% of the other aromatics out there. Very highly recommended.

Edit 1: Here I am, back again after that quarter pound line I mentioned. I recently went through a period of “aromatic tests & trials” in which I looked up the top rated ten or fifteen blends for personal testing...rated tops by about three guys with whom I usually agree and have never steered me wrong. Guess which blend came out on top...the best of the best of the best? Well DUH. I wouldn’t be yakking about it here if it wasn’t this one. Yup...this Rivendell is HANDS DOWN the top dog. It beat a few by just a fair bit, but it beat the great majority by a country mile. Now all of us here know that in this world most “likes” are pretty subjective. We all like different things. It’s one of can please some of the people all of the time...all of the people some of the time...etc. things. But with this blend I’d be surprised if it doesn’t please all the people all of the time. Well, enough of that. I gotta go order more.

Pipe Used: RD Pipes Custom Snake Head Dog + various cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh as a Daisy & 6 months old

Purchased From: The geniuses at The Country Squire

Similar Blends: A good many in the same general genre but none anywhere close to this..

10 people found this review helpful.

AceFour Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AceFour (2)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is extremely enjoyable smoke. Not wet, easy to light.

Cocoa is the predominate aroma and my wife loves the room note. Cocoa is the predominate flavor and is slightly sweet. There is a nutty background that works well in this blend. It is never harsh and does not burn hot.

It has been reported that some folks do a 50/50 with Green Dragon and call it Weathertop. I have tried this and conclude this is very enjoyable blend as well.

Anyone could enjoy this blend. Highly recommended

Pipe Used: T. Christano

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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6 people found this review helpful.

TGatewood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TGatewood (4)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm a big fan of all of the Squire's Tolkien blends, but Rivendell is by far my favorite. It's nutty taste provides a great, cool smoke. No tongue bite or rough smokes from this blend, even if you tend to puff deep and quickly like I do. A great blend to accompany you when you're outdoors camping, or just when you need to "get away" from the monotony of the daily grind. This natural, earthy blend is a great way to escape. I'm not a huge fan of churchwardens, but I feel like it may be the most appropriate way to enjoy this blend designed for hobbits. Great blend that I highly recommend.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Bing's Favorite and MT Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Freshly Mixed

Purchased From: The Country Squire; Jackson, MS, USA

6 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was a part of my first purchase from The Country Squire. This one caught my eye as I am a huge Tolkien fan. This one hits the nail on the head - I imagine this as something ole Bilbo himself would smoke!

First let me say that all of the tobacco I received from The Country Squire had the appropriate moisture level. WOW! No wet goopy tobacco here! It packs and burns well with few if any relites. The description is spot on, woody, earthy, and a little nutty. Pouch note was pleasant as was the room note. This was a comfortable smoke that stayed consistent to the bottom of the bowl and it burn to a fine gray ash with no goop. A pleasant break form the vanilla and fruity blends I lean towards. A good all day smoke (its 2:00 and I am on my fifth bowl)

Pipe Used: Unmarked Lumberman

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Country Squire Tobacconist

5 people found this review helpful.

J. Alton Carter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Alton Carter (5)
Mild Mild Full Very Pleasant

The Country Squire has been serving the pipe smoking community locally, nationally, and even internationally for 50 Years! They are well known for their finely crafted and hand-blended tobaccos that are sure to enable every pipe smoker the opportunity to discover blends that will provide them with their own “Perfect Smoke”! So, Let’s chat about one of their Middle Earth series of tobaccos....RIVENDELL. If you are fortunate enough to have read J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings then you are already going to be drawn to this series of smoking blends. If you have read the books or seen the movies.... then pause and ponder....what things remind YOU of Imladris the Last Homely House East of the sea? Maybe things like happiness, sweet smells of fine foods and the never ending blossoms of spring — gentle Elven songs and strong bardic Tales of war and peace, love.....and loss. Like the famous haven of Rivendell, that provided so many weary travelers with a place of protection, rest, and learning....this aromatic blend of tobacco binds together a panoply of smells and tastes that brings the smoker to think of one word.....COMFORT! The cocoa is most forward here, accompanied by aromas of loamy earth mixed with essences of dried fig and walnuts. Deftly, underneath all, flows a subtle hint of petrichor, that smell wafting in on a summer breeze filled with smells of grassy organic essential oils blended gently with the falling rain. Deeper still — there is that scent of when a spring shower softly caresses the thirsty earth and quenches the firm hard rocks underneath. Yes, this beautifully smelling blend is on the wetter side as many aromatic blends are want to be. However, don’t let that put you off. Moist aromatic tobaccos are meant to be just that.....wet....and if you asked the blender that created it, they would most likely tell you not to dry it out very much. He or she would also probably tell you to smoke it moist as it’s tobacco-components and the flavor and burn properties of those tobaccos and casings are best enjoyed when having a higher moisture content. When smoked, this tobacco provides a luxuriant thick smoke and burns consistently to a fine ash. Remember though that wetter aromatics are best enjoyed through the slow patient stride of a pipe-smoker that understands the true Contemplative nature of our art. “Haste makes waste” and this old saying holds very true for this exquisite blend known as RIVENDELL!!!

Pipe Used: Full-Bent briar & meerschaum calabash

Age When Smoked: Freshly hand-blended by tobacconist.

Purchased From: The Country Squire, Jackson Mississippi,

Similar Blends: Reminiscent of Sutliff’s Molto Dolce Or Cream Brûlée. Also reminds me of “Just For Him’s” Middle Earth blend Treebeard sans the Perique..

5 people found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (55)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

An interesting blend if I do say so. Very tasty, nutty and woodsy with wisps of cocoa and a cloying hint of what I guess would be vanilla.If one sips slowly, a tobacco taste will come through revealing the excellent tobacco used in this blend. A brilliant aromatic without an overly heavy casing. If you are not sure whether you like aromatics or not, give this blend a go. It might possible convert you. Cheers.

Pipe Used: Comoy's of London Zulu

Age When Smoked: Used over several months

Purchased From: Country Squire

Similar Blends: American Style Aromatic.

5 people found this review helpful.

RandallMorgan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RandallMorgan (1)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is my first review. The slight cocoa note is nice, very subtle not a cocoa forward blend at all. The woody/nutty/toasted flavor is absolutely great. It has a nice creamy mouth feel with beautiful ivory smoke. The "aromatic" flavors of this blend to not overwhelm the taste of the actual tobacco. What else can I say? I've read the reviews and heard about this tobacco for a while and my expectations were high. I would highly recommend this blend from the Squire.

Pipe Used: MM Cobbit Shire

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

4 people found this review helpful.

cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (101)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Prep: Came near dry enough, surprising for an aromatic The flavor matches the tin note, which is great. Chocolate. Bright virginia leaf is evident with hay and citrus notes. Possibly honey. That might be the cavendish delivering a brown sugar note. The Burley is soft, with a light woodiness and molasses. The walnut flavor is evident more so in the retrohale, which further gives this blend a “elvish woodland” feel. One of the best aro’s I’ve smoked. A top 5 for sure. A good aro to me allow the natural leaf flavors to shine while supplementing with additional additives. 7/10

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3 people found this review helpful.

Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (75)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Excellent! One of the best aromatics I've ever had.

Rivendell is really a benchmark by which to judge all aromatics. It is almost addictively good, meaning I always have to greedily smoke to the very last ember in the bowl! Always burns smoothly no matter how vigorously I puff. Rivendell artfully straddles the line between full aromatic and semi-aromatic, meaning that despite its fulsome flavor there are still some underlying natural tobaccos tastes to appreciate.

Since I don't especially care for berry or fruity flavors in aromatics my positive rating here reflects the fact that Rivendell provides the kinds of flavors that I actually do enjoy: roasted nuts, walnut, dark nougat, mocha, coffee, roasted marshmallow, vanilla bean, scorched brown sugar, caramel, and a dusting of cocoa powder. And underneath all that you can still pick out the natural Burley and Virginia flavors!

Previous to my discovery of Rivendell 4 Noggins' Bald Headed Teacher filled this slot in my rotation, but in direct A-B comparison I find Rivendell to be deeper in flavor and creamier on the palate than BHT. I also prefer Rivendell over the Squire's excellent Indian Outlaw because, again in direct comparison, I enjoy Rivendell's more complex interplay of flavors. Also, if you like nutty flavors, this is much better behaved than Peterson's Nutty Cut.

Rivendell is now part of the so-called Dozen Delights in my permanent rotation.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bushido Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bushido (25)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Absolutely fantastic. Smooth, creamy, biteless. I get mostly coco and nuts. Has tobacco flavor in the mix as well so it still tastes like you are smoking more than candy. My all time favorite aro.

Purchased From: Country Squire

2 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (182)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Nutty, chocolate and semi sweet with enough earthiness from the burley and citrus from the Virginias to let you know it is tobacco you are smoking. Another excellent blend from The Country Squire. Not overly strong, won’t bite or become goopy. Overall well behaved in the bowl. Tin note and taste are spot on as well. Room note of this one will bring compliments as well. Will definitely keep this on hand here at the creek!

2 people found this review helpful.

Creek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Creek (14)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Yes it is all that. Very complex. Wood, Cocoa Nutty, Almonds, Pecan. Best tobacco I have had. Performs very nice, on moisture, no tongue bite, relits. The only drawback is to me it’s not a summer blend, but perfect for Autumn, Winter and Spring

Pipe Used: Cob

1 person found this review helpful.

SiChange Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiChange (45)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A slightly sweet smoke based on mild white burley, Virginia, and black cavendish in similar proportions to many other aromatics. Not much tobacco taste, but a bit of nuttiness from the burleys and black cavendish brown sugar sweetness peeks through. The room note is agreeable and it did not bite or have chemical notes. A pleasant, rather bland smoke.

Pipe Used: Various billiards

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The blender

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A very tasty blend, I get a chocolate (like a semi sweet chip) and walnut flavor from this tobacco. More walnut than chocolate if I had to rank it. It’s got that slightly sticky feel from the bag some aromatics have, but it burns great. Burns clean too, I get through the bowl with little dottle. Stays lit easily and is mild on my tongue and mild in strength. The room note is quite nice, Ms. Wiz comments on it each time I have a bowl. This is the third Country Squire blend I’ve had, and I’m impressed.

Age When Smoked: New

1 person found this review helpful.

pmonroeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pmonroeb (18)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

As I have put in other reviews I have tried to find an aromatic I can live with for social settings. This aint it. Frankly, I did not finish my first bowl. I am sure this is a fine aromatic for many, but the flavor is almost all topping and little tobacco. To me, the walnut/amaretto flavor dominated. Not the thing for a guy who mostly does balkans and full English blends.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Squire

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Landsurfer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Landsurfer (11)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Paired this delicious, complex blend with a strong black coffee. The thick, tasty smoke was the cream & sugar (with hints of buttered cinnamon raisin toast in the mix)! A true delight to smoke in the morning and really anytime for that matter. Happy piping, gents.

Pipe Used: Lorenzo Spitfire Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Country Squire

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JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (133)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Rivendell poses as a relaxed coarse-cut amalgamation of Black Cavendish, assorted Burley and savory Virginia magically dusted with notes of heavenly chocolate and soft walnut flavorings. Richly variegated colors of fawn, golden brown, copper, and stark ebony comprise an alluring mass of pipe weed that emits a slightly tart grassiness that is blanketed by a sugary essence of natural cocoa infused nuttiness. Sounds splendid right!

With the smoking, the profile rounds out to be a gently flavored taste reminiscent of soft creamy hot chocolate in the fore ground lightly seasoned with a subdued sweet tangy walnut dancing in the shadows. The peaceful intensity of this flavor has a very amiable feel that fosters an appealing gracefulness much like the ambience of Rivendell itself.

For whatever reason, I did register a lower presence that was evocative of fruity-apricot Riesling, although no wine casing is noted in the recipe per say. Perhaps some illusional Elfish mysticism influencing the experience. The native tobaccos do add some misty flair as tones of grassy Virginia, earthen sugary/woody Cavendish zest and full Burley molasses-nuttiness project through with accompanying grandeur.

Mild in temperament without any harshness in tone or effects, Rivendell produces a freshening room aroma that is delicately sweet and tender in significance. A well balanced and nicely crafted aromatic, this mixture inspires enjoyable inner tranquility and obliging Elven spirit. So, draw up pipe and release yourself to its inherent magic. 3.5 pipes.

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J_Row Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J_Row (2)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Having found myself straying from aromatics this is a nice change of pace from the other blends I have been enjoying. Easy going, no tongue bite, few relights. The nuttiness/chocolate is ever present top to bottom of bowl in each of the pipes I used, while not hiding the tobacco flavors either. The room note is quite pleasant - my lady commented it was lovely. If you are not an aromatic smoker and are looking for a change of pace that isn't goopy and those around you won't mind the smell - this may be a great option.

Pipe Used: Corn cob, Basket, Savenelli Ginger's Favorite

Age When Smoked: 0 months - 1 year

Purchased From: Country Squire

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