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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 (2718)
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.


12 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

10 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..

8 people found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (44)
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.

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

5 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (136)
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

4 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..

4 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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4 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.

Bushido Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bushido (11)
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.

cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (75)
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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2 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (151)
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.

Wiz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wiz (6)
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.