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Kingsfoil is a medium-full Virginia/Kentucky mixture with the natural sweetness you expect from yellow Virginias and the rich, smokiness characteristic of dark fire cured leaf. This tobacco burns clean, and will have you stompin’ your feet, hobbit-style!

Notes: From the blender, Jon David Cole: Kingsfoil has no topping whatsoever. We use a variety of unflavored bright leaf Virginia and fired cured Kentucky in the blend only.

BrandThe Country Squire Tobacconist
Blended ByCaleb Crawford
Manufactured ByThe Country Squire
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
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Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
3.0
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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried some Kingsfoil and found it very comparable to Cowboy Coffee without the Cavendish element in the CC. Between the two, I prefer CC by a smidge.

The Kentucky provides a spice/pepper touch which compliments the Virginias and provides a flavor which lasts throughout the pipe.

Presentation is the typical Squire ribbon with the Kentucky obvious in the mix.

The Squire lists it in their non-aro section so I do not believe that it has any toppings (it was listed in here with a Carmel flavoring)

From the Blender: Jon David Cole

Yea of course Kingsfoil has no topping whatsoever. We use a variety of unflavored bright leaf Virginia and fired cured Kentucky in the blend only.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: fresh from bag to 1 year

Purchased From: Country Squire

Similar Blends: The Country Squire Tobacconist - Cowboy Coffee, The Country Squire Tobacconist - Green Dragon.

9 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (93)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

A nice surprise here with strength and flavor. Most of The Country Squire’s tobaccos are quite mild, which is not a bad thing, but this one has quite a nice medium strength flavor and power.

There seems to be a good variety of Virginias in this blend with just enough DFK to make it a bit stronger and to keep it interesting. It burns relatively cool for me is pretty clean-burning.

Oh, I’ll definitely smoke the rest of the 2 ounce bag that I bought and will order a good deal more. This tobacco has truly grown on me and have been enjoying it a good bit. Still, I will have to keep some stronger tobaccos around when I want that nicotine punch, but this one is quite serviceable.

Pipe Used: Petersons

5 people found this review helpful.

Arizona Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arizona Piper (1)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

"Tin note" was almost hoppie like a beer. Tobacco was a bit more to the dry side of moisture content but burned nicely. I'll be adding this to my regular rotation and I'll be pairing it with my favorite beer, Kilt lifter.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerscham country gentleman

Purchased From: The Country Squire

4 people found this review helpful.

Desertislandtoolworks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Desertislandtoolworks (18)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I simply can't make up my mind on this blend. It has undertones of the virginas that I love but the kentucky dark fired to me overwhealms that. It's not unpleasant but also not a flavor I like much. This is the second blend I've tried with dark fire that I didn't much care for. Not sure if in a smaller dose I'd enjoy it more as there is something about the smokiness I do like. I may try blending this with some virgina to see what happens as well as trying a little more age on it. Overall I think the tobacco is well made, packs and burns well, just not my cup of joe.

Pipe Used: Billiard, corncob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

4 people found this review helpful.

Bumble Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bumble (65)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As a newer pipe smoker, I am mainly exploring the different blends (I favor aromatic blends, although I am dipping my toes into the non-aromatic blends now) to find what I like.

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 2021 the only easily obtained commercial versions are from The Country Squire and Just for Him. This review is for the "Kingsfoil" blend from The Country Squire series, there are 6 blends with a mix of 3 being aromatics and 3 being non-aromatics (Longbottom Leaf sadly is no longer produced and I cannot try this mix).

Opening the bag, what I smelled was the hay from the Virginia and the earthy Kentucky.

The flavor I tasted was the Virginia tobacco and the smokey Kentucky which stood out to me. There is no topping on this blend. I have not tried it yet, but I heard TCS Cowboy Coffee is very similar to this, but deeper in flavor from the Kentucky and I will have to try this.

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

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: thecountrysquireonline.com

3 people found this review helpful.

cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (101)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Prep: The moisture level came just about perfect

Summed up in one sentence, this is Green Dragon with a hint of Kentucky. The Virginia base is top notch, with a nice array of dark fruit notes, bread, honey, and spice. It is why Green Dragon became a top favorite Virginia blend for me. The Kentucky is there, but not nearly as evident as I expected. The earthiness and nuttiness is present but faded in and out for me. I didnt find the nic level too robust as well. Solid blend, but if you're looking for a stout Va/Ken blend, you may be disappointed. 7/10

You can find a more complete review here, along with the other LotR blends from The Country Squire: YouTube Video

3 people found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (133)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As the Shire wind blows this heartening tale of mystical earthly magic, we find ourselves once more poised with an entry crafted from down yonder in Jackson, Mississippi where the herb of note has rooted with inspiring splendor. Coming for attentive consideration is Kingsfoil, a Middle Earth themed blending of select, integrated Virginian leaves garnished with a portion of Kentucky fine strain. This generous based mixture seeks to expand upon the admirable qualities of the precious Kingsfoil plant, all be it within the method of pleasurable non-aromatic pipe smoking.

Gazing upon the attractive collection of tobaccos, the initial reflection mirrors a substantially grainy assemblage of well cultured ribbon strands mixed with variable segments of delicate coarsen morsels. Showing a brilliant palate of warming color, Kingsfoil’s face is well prepared with a large contribution of pale golden Yellow leaf, caramelized/toffee-hued Bright, reddish coppering, darker stoved umbers, and a brush of deep chocolate/blackened fire-cured Kentucky.

Overall, the mix of Virginian leaf is well populated constituting the bulk of girth within the body. Arguably a greater percentage of the apportioning has been allotted to the Bright constituents as they seem to command within the piling. The tobaccos are characteristically dry in composure and present themselves to be optimally primed for ready engagement.

Generally, I discovered the pouch essence of this bulk offering to be inherently polite and standardly calmed. Leading the enrichment of the forward nose is a softened brush of tart sweet grass and barn-dried hay. The degree of accomplished fusion is decidedly aromatic in effect. Persuading this brightened feature, a flattering complement of grounded woodiness, smoky rich tang, and a modest basal element of lower pungent earthen funk successfully enlarges the aired persona. Based the upon gentleness of fragrance, my suspicion led to the assumption that an easy relaxed smoking venture would soon ensue, confirmation to follow.

I would dare say that by original design and by experiential smoking, Kingsfoil is not a mixture that one could label as a complex recipe. Although particularly consistent, the immediate taste profile produced and thereby encountered is essentially moderate in dimension. What you truly get is a medium-full flavored tobacco that stands with a forward native sweetness complemented by a shielding affluence of gentle Kentucky spice and assorted Virginian varietal accenting.

As a well-blended product nonetheless, Kingsfoil achieves considerable balance in the multiplicity of comprising taste streams. In the end it arrives at a tightly layered, rounded performance that is effectually smooth and enjoyably bonded well. On a further note, there is a tendency for the experienced flavor to grow darker, deeper, and woodier as the bowl progresses, a charming advantage most likely to many. Subsequent, the mixture on the whole places upon the middle/upper middle spectrum of charisma and exceeding mellowness.

As a Virginia-based mixture naturally the featured amusement defaults to the blended characterization of the comprising Virginian. Being consistent with the published recipe, Kingsfoil presents a mixed and full variety of standard Bright leaf attributes. The flush of nuances encompassed within give forth elements of fundamental sweetness, fervent spicing, bright floral tones, and some comforting citrusy tang. The base persona leads with an aged hay and dusty sweet barn grass nuance, which has a genuinely savoring effect. Although I did sense what I perceived to be seasoned/stoved Red leaf as darker matured wood tones and deeper fermented sugary influences move in the mingling of flavor as well.

With the Yellow variety one catches consistent tasteful accenting that endows a twist of lemony splendor married with a force of complementing tart/sourness. This annotation rides high in the flavor and lightens the heavier darker profile spinning underneath. Aiding and abetting this effort the floral properties bring notable greened herbaceous commenting to boost. Between the two streams the accenting is crisp and reliably bright throughout the smoking presentation.

Finally, a dark fruity sweetness is found within the registration that seems to balance quite exceptionally with the aforementioned accented highlights. Furthermore, there is bit of lighter caramel and stewed black tea annotations that project to round out the band of composite Virginian flavor. One note of concern, the Bright Virginia did want to impose a little discomfort on the front of the tongue. With that word of caution, be advised to bring conservatism and awareness to the cadence of your drawls on the pipe.

Moving on, let us turn the attention in regard to the complimenting selection of Kentucky. Simply stated, that if you favor the conventional boldness of intensity that is generally foot-noted by this particular varietal, then Kingsfoil might be somewhat docile for you. Even though the Dark Fired’s importance is proximate to the body of the Virginian, it counters with a more constrained impression which is merely a function of the recipe’s intended design respectfully.

Residing within the middle band of the taste sphere, the Kentucky as listed is not overly assertive in demeanor. It is in fact a tamer version of itself with projections of smoky zing and an honest tolling of sweet dark cocoa. The standard barbeque zest is a bit light in the profile as well, wanting to lean more towards a softer garnished pepper/blackened seasonings feel. What is more I did sense a dash of peaceful sulphury in the basic undertone, kind of interesting actually. All the same, the strains exhibited a solid degree of smokiness and there is an offsetting degree of sensation felt within the sinus cavity from its natural earthen spiciness.

By circumstance the tobacco tends to burn a little warmer than average necessitating the need for a controlled pacing. As standard protocol I tried bowls of this blend through various venues and found that it performed best in my thicker wall Savinelli Gator briar. Additionally, I felt that the physical wood core of the pipe really enhanced the general flavor that I had been experiencing up to that point. Mechanically it packed well and maintained a fairly constant cone while promoting a clean and dry burn.

The room note that is generated is more composed than one would perhaps anticipate. Generally speaking, the vapors produced are fairly dense columns of blue-gray smoke as is the case. The recordable essence that follows principally channels a lighter bright aroma of sweet airy grass with an inkling of colorizing zesty wooded spice. By speculation the magnitude of this smoky aroma could be deemed as foreseeably “tolerable to pleasant” in a subjective grading. On the whole, Kingfoil’s scent did exhibit a reasonable amount of permanence once emitted, keep in mind.

As a rule of thumb, I generally strive to present the featured blend in a fashion that is tailored around discussing its own individual merits. Nonetheless on this one, I will say however, The Country Squire’s offering does fall very close to Newminster No. 403 Superior Round by comparison. The similarity in profiles is far too striking so as to avoid commenting on this matter. Both scored reasonably well on measured attributes, just as an additional informative reference.

So, what have we learned? Is the fabled Athelas truly the mystical panacea of Tolkien acclaim? Suffice to say, in terms of a consoling undertaking, yes Kingsfoil does well at achieving those sedative and comforting qualities. Perhaps this fact alone underscores the transcribed legend? And although I rated the blend with harboring a medium grading as to the nicotine impact, which for some a highly valued attribute, the blend does expertly share an endearing nature all together.

As a more gentile venture into the Virginia-Kentucky genre, Kingsfoil comes squarely away with a practical recommendation. Despite the fact that the minor laceration residing on the top of my left hand appears unchanged, I cannot disavow that this mixture genuinely allowed me to retreat into a quietening status of refined smoking peacefulness. An ideal physical benefit taking all matters into consideration my friends.

Objective Scoring (based upon standard attributes, mechanicals, and cost) 2.7 measured assessment @ 81% average rating Personal Subjective Ranking: 3.0 Pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Peterson314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peterson314 (38)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

First Take: I went lunting with this blend in a new cob. Kingsfoil is advertised as medium-full, but I thought this blend was mild. The first few puffs barely had any flavor, but once I got a full ember going, this bowl came to life a bit.

This blend has the characteristic Country Squire white-pepper spiciness that I find in most of their blends, which I like. I believe I could pick out a TCS blend blind from that note.

When I got the flavor, it was good. My problem with this blend is that I found it really hard to get to the flavor. When I smoked it slow and low, I got a few hints of sweetness with nothing backing it. Bigger clouds produced more flavor, but never a lot of it. Smoking like a train never produced any acrid turning of the tobacco, but it hit the back of my nose like wasabi, and I had to back off. For the majority of the bowl, it was a 2- or 3-note production. That said, I am surprised that this blend doesn't report any burley, because it vaguely reminded me of Haunted Bookshop. However, I find Haunted Bookshop infinitely complex and this one just isn't.

The aftertaste is mild and lingering. It's the most pleasant part of this tobacco. It's there if you want it, and you can forget about it when you're done. That alone will bring me back to this jar.

This blend burned very clean. Mechanically, it's superb. I only had one re-light.

This is my first bowl of 2 ounces. I give it 2 stars now, and I'll see if it goes up as I go through the jar.

Pipe Used: New Cob

Age When Smoked: 1 month

1 person found this review helpful.