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Meet Parson's Blend... developed for the parson himself! One of our dear customers, who happens to be an Anglican priest, asked for a blend that his wife would let him smoke indoors and that also would not lead to tongue bite. Parson's Blend is our effort to deliver these characteristics in a mild, aromatic blend that leaves your mouth feeling soft and smooth and fills the room with a delicious, warm note. Customers often say that Parson's Blend's smoke is "thick"; our experience is that it leaves you in the midst of a very pleasant cloud. Delicious and crowd-pleasing!

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
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Parson’s Blend is one of the Country Squire’s more popular aromatic blends and I can clearly see why. Although, I have to admit that I was put off by the fruity aroma of the pouch note which to me smells excessively sweet. But as a few others have mentioned, once properly lit the peculiar fruit flavor sits comfortably in the background of the entire bowl and it creates a rather pleasant room note.

The taste of Parson’s Blend is definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum and what comes through is a fine balance of mild nutty burley, plum, a hint of clove and a light vanilla/caramel finish. Perhaps, the crowning achievement of Parson’s and the hardest thing to describe, is just how well this mixture is blended. The flavor is incredibly consistent throughout the bowl with zero in the way of weird off flavors. Moreover, Parson’s has an extra gear and gains a stronger, woody tobacco taste near the end of the bowl. The shift in flavor strength was a pleasant suprise and a testament to the quality of the burley at the core of this American style aromatic.

Parson’s Blend benefits greatly from being dried down, but as always this is a matter personal taste. Depending on the weather, 30 minutes usually does the trick for me but I do live in a drier climate.

Definitely the best aromatic that I have had from the Squire so far. It's mild but it's quite flavorful.

9 people found this review helpful.

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

From the Mountain Rambling Rusticator:

I smoked this for the fist time, in a briar Canadian, while walking the dogs in the snow on a spectacular bluebird day here in the mountains of Colorado. From the first puff I knew this would be a new favorite and a new addition to my Top Shelf list of tobaccos. This smoke evokes a pastoral stroll in a bucolic meadow. It's as soft as a Lab's ear, as comfortable as a favorite pair of jeans, and as congenial as an old friend. Four stars all the way.

Pipe Used: Briar Canadian

Age When Smoked: Newly acquired from the tobacconist

Purchased From: The Country Squire, Jackson, MS

8 people found this review helpful.

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

The two best qualities associated with Parson's blend, excluding it's fruity taste, is its delightful aroma and the voluminous amount of smoke this blend produces. As the description notes, this blend was created to be smoked in the house at the approval of the wife or girlfriend. If your significant other is hesitant about your pipe smoking, then this may just be the blend to win them over. A soft but flavorful fruitiness makes this blend a great after dinner smoke. While fruit and spices are the main attractions of Parson's Blend, it's flavoring does not detract from the natural tobacco taste. I no point felt I was smoking a "syrupy" aromatic. Great blend that will have a place in my cellar for years to come.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Bing's Favorite

Age When Smoked: Freshly Mixed

Purchased From: The Country Squire

7 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2552)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The aspects of the nutty, woody, earthy burley and sugary black cavendish are fairly sublimated by the toppings. It’s hard to define those toppings, but I notice a little plum, caramel, clove, and a few drops of vanilla in addition to another non-citrus fruit. The strength is a step past the mild mark, and the taste is a slot past that.The nic-hit is very mild. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has no rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent sweet and lightly creamy flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste and room note. An easy going all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


4 people found this review helpful.

OffTheBooksBrewing Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OffTheBooksBrewing (5)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Being a routine Country Squire Radio listener, I knew early on in my pipe smoking adventure that one day I would eventually have to give the world renowned “Parson’s Blend” a shot. I must say, I have not been disappointed. This blend of tobacco gives off large plumes of bellowing smoke that fills the air with a beautiful aromatic scent that almost everyone enjoys. It burns cool and does not leave any signs of tongue bite. I’ve put it through cobs and briars with much success. If you enjoy aromatics or you’re looking for a smoke that the misses won’t mind, I recommend this blend!

Pipe Used: Cobs and Briars

Age When Smoked: Upon Shipment

Purchased From: The Countery Squire;

4 people found this review helpful.

Foz594 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Foz594 (5)
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I am not normally an aromatic smoker. Lately I have been on a big bold kick, smoky and chewy dark fired kentucky, big burleys, bright sweet virginias, peppery zippy perique, etc.

This blend surely surprised me. It is a gentle, comfortable smoke. If I had to describe it in one word it would be "soft". Soft in the manner of your favorite old flannel shirt, your best four legged friend kind of soft.

I got no bite at all, with a mild and unassuming light fruity sweetness. It burned clean leaving very little behind with none of your usual aromatic "goop". Quite a bit of fairly heavy smoke and an uncomplicated and thoroughly relaxing tobacco. As a bonus, this won't flog you with a bunch of nicotine either. This is the first aromatic I can honestly say made me sad when the bowl was empty.

Some reviews here mentioned cocoa and vanilla. I got none of that at all, just a nice soft rounded fruitiness that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

If I were ever to decide to become a dedicated aromatic smoker this is the blend that would convert me. As it is, I will keep this on hand for those times when I just want to sit on the porch, relax and watch the kids play with the dogs. I will definitely be ordering this again when my 2oz taster runs out.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

3 people found this review helpful.

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

First - great aroma. Cocoa-nilla fruity something W the fruity thing WAY in the back. It packs, lights burns very easily taking off with one good touch from my Pearl Eddie. After lighting and settling a bit I am getting the best flavors of any aromatic I've ever smoked. Smooth and creamy light cocoa mocha vanilla with a subtle enhancement of something slightly fruity lurking. Totally free of any chemical taint of metallic tinge. The smoke through the bit is delicious. The smoke off the bowl is delicious. Hmmm. I just remembered...I'm pairing this with a tall cup of fine Kenya, black. That might be where the Mocha thing came in. Anyway, very bite. Steady puffing doesn't seem to bother it. All in all, long story short...a real winner. Gold medal trial on this one. If this is any indication of the quality of The Country Squire house blends...they just found a new customer for life!

Pipe Used: MM General W 5" Forever Stem

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

3 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Dunhill 23 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Dunhill 23 (35)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I am not a regular Aromatic smoker but this is no regular Aromatic.

Usually I can be found far away from people smoking some quality Balkan or English because they tend to not be too bystander friendly. I am simply not a big fan of Aromatic blends but there's something special about Parson's Blend.

The aroma from the pipe is very pleasant. People actually come around to find out what it is I am smoking, yet it still has enough complexity in the Virginias to thoroughly enjoy the smoke. They say this is a crossover blend but I think it stands on its own. It's sweet yet savory. There is body to the flavor and while smoking it, you know you are smoking something unlike many Aromatics. It's not gloopy at all and requires very little drying time. The smoke is thick and creamy thanks to the Burley which adds some strength and it's very easy to keep lit. It burns very cool.

The toppings are subtle and seem "natural" in flavor. I don't know how else to describe it. Like the opposite of some of the Sutliff blends out there which burn your tongue and leave a tar like coating on the inside of your pipe. It's kind to your mouth.

It would be very easy to smoke this one down to the bottom of the bowl without even knowing it so be careful not to harm your pipe. There is ZERO tongue bite even if you are really chuffing. Not harsh and leaves a nice aroma on your clothing.

This is a very satisfying blend and one of the few aromatics I really enjoy.

Solid 4 from me. I will never be without some of this blend in my cellar as long as it's made. If I am going to be around people, this is usually the blend I have in my BaccyFlap.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28801)
Medium to Strong Strong Mild Pleasant

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Age When Smoked: Fresh from the package

Purchased From: Country Squire Tobacconist's website

1 person found this review helpful.

jasoncbaily Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jasoncbaily (2)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

A mild, fruity taste that blends nicely with a nice aroma. Very enjoyable for my wife to be in the presence of as opposed to non-aromatic blends. From her standpoint, it is a pleasurable experience for an evening smoke. From my standpoint, great taste. Not too fruity. Definitely not syrupy. Great blend!

Pipe Used: Viprati bent

Purchased From: The Country Squire

1 person found this review helpful.

Rex Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rex Pipes (1)
Extremely Mild Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The wife had zero issues with this one. Although it can put out a lot of smoke, it seems to dissipate quickly. And, even though the room note is pleasant it doesn’t linger.

Parson’s Blend has a luxurious, almost entitled look to it. It just looks like a winner.

On the nose, there is a strong essence of cocoa, cinnamon & fruit that compliments the quality tobacco rather than covering it up.

Without hesitation I scooped a bowlful into a new cob directly from the bag. The flavours (including fresh tobacco) are with you the entire smoke and finish with a dry cocoa ash. I should mention I had one relight. That’s unheard of for me!

For newbies to the pipe this is a must! For aro-haters it’s worth a shot. For everyone else, it’s a pleasant smoke that will insert itself into your rotation with aplomb.

Fun Stuff!

Pipe Used: M.M. Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire Mail Order

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Benjitzu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Benjitzu (1)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

My first pipe experience was with Captain Black Original - it wasn't a great experience and I almost gave up trying to enjoy/learn the hobby (nothing against anyone who enjoys it, just not my cup of tea).

Because of the great reviews on this site, I ordered a bag from the Country Squire hoping I would taste the difference in this blend vs the Captain Black.

Boy did I ever...

This stuff is amazing and I could tell right away after the first light that I was in for a treat. Loads of soft smoke, delicious room note, and smooth taste throughout the entire bowl. Zero tongue-bite even for my beginner level knowledge and skill.

While enjoying this blend the other day, a friend came over for a visit. She cannot stand the smell of cigarettes or cigars - they make her gag and feel very nauseated. Her comment walking up to me as I sat on the porch, 'That smells yummy. What is it?'

This is the perfect blend for a beginner and I'm assuming a wonderful experience for everyone else. I'll be ordering more. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Corn cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

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Robykeys82 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Robykeys82 (21)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Another great blend by the Country Squire, this blend lives up to the expectations of those wives who don't stand stronger blends in da house :) It's a really good mixture, with a fruity (but not syrupy) taste, easy to pack and to light. The room note is really pleasant, no tongue bite even if you draw too fast. The Aromatic Squire blends are blends which are... "reassuring", in the sense that, as soon as you decide to have a bowl of them, you'll know it will be a great experience.

Pipe Used: Bent Apple US

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire shop

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jcoope Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jcoope (2)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

The fruit flavoring in this tobacco is very mild. It is very subtle. It smokes great all the way down. It did not bite either.

Pipe Used: Peterson 01 system, cob

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: The Country Squire

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