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A perfect addition to your cozy evening by the fire. Best enjoyed after unburdening from the day's heavy load and soggy boots. This blend embodies the safety and comfort of your snug den and is a treat while you reflect and unwind.

Perfect for the Latakia lover. Naturally sweet, ready rubbed and flue-cured Virginias blend with light burley, Latakia, and exquisite Turkish tobaccos to form a complex smoke that will give the seasoned pipe smoker hours of cheer. Bag End is best enjoyed by experienced pipe smokers that are comfortable "sipping" their pipe and enjoying a single bowl for a long period of time. A complex and rewarding smoke!

Notes: Released 2013.

BrandThe Country Squire Tobacconist
Blended ByJon David Cole
Manufactured ByThe Country Squire
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A quality English style blend from the Country Squire. Despite the presence of the burley, with its sweet/bright Virginias and delicate Turkish and Latakia flavors, Bag End smokes like a milder, somewhat less sophisticated version of Squadron Leader.

As for the Latakia, I think that the amount used here is done quite to balance. However, the blender's description of "Perfect for the Latakia lover" is a bit deceiving because Bag End contains just a trace of it. It does come through in nearly every puff, but only in nuance. Those expecting more Latakia flavor based on the description might be disappointed.

Overall, I would categorize Bag End as a mild to medium strength light English with a subtle burley influence. The taste is that of natural tobacco with no additional flavorings. A pleasant & well-blended mixture.

17 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2849)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The very tart and tangy citrusy, grassy, hay-like Virginias also sport a few drops of honey and a pinch of spice. They get fair competition from the floral, woody, earthy, dry, moderately spicy, rather sour Turkish. The nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet burley is an important third lead varietal that occasionally rises to compete with the aforementioned components. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian latakia is a background player. The strength and nic-hit are just past the center of mild to medium. The taste falls a hair short of the medium mark. Won’t bite or get harsh, but does have a small rough edge here and there. It burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a complex and nuanced mildly sweet and sour, savory, and at times, inconsistent taste from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste, and lightly stronger room note. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


15 people found this review helpful.

Garabaldi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Garabaldi (1)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm far from an expert but I really enjoy this tobacco. It is a very mellow smoke an and I highly recommend it. iike to smoke it late at night after a long day of yard work.

13 people found this review helpful.

Robby the Belgian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Robby the Belgian (24)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A perfect way to cap off the day. The strength makes it nice and relaxing, so probably not the best for a morning smoke before a busy work day.

The Latakia and Oriental spices take a back seat, lending extra body to the flavor rather than trying to take all the attention. The flavor and retrohale are full-bodied, sweet, grassy, and a bit fruity (pear or plum come to mind).

In the first third of the bowl, the different flavors skip around playfully and you get a varied experience. After that, all of the components settle down for a consistent and pleasant experience; also, at that point the Virginias add a bit more sweetness and a hint of sweet citrus.

The Latakia adds some smokiness, but not like your typical "lat-bomb"; rather, it is redolent of sitting next to an open fire with your favorite pipe.

The texture of the smoke is rich and velvety. Ideal for blowing smoke rings with a visiting wizard friend.

Pipe Used: Brigham Voyageur

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: Country Squire Tobacconist

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Cordial.

8 people found this review helpful.

cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (92)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Prep: Came perfect

Very similar to Holiday Mixture though smoother and with the addition of Turkish. The Virginias are grassy, citrusy, the Burley is evident with the nuttiness, and molasses, which gives this blend, like with HM, a winter, cozy feel. The Turkish is sour earthy and delivers a nice spice that is mostly evident in the retrohale. The Latakia is evident, though in the back seat, bringing a lingering smokiness. The description says this is great for the “Latakia lover”, however I am not sure on that as it doesn’t seem prominent enough. If you are new to American blends, don’t expect an English blend. It is mentioned that this is enjoyed best with experienced smokers and I do think that is the case, as it is a nuanced blend. 7.5/10

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4 people found this review helpful.

Sheldon Richman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sheldon Richman (15)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Quite a tasty blend, sweet but pleasantly so. Very satisfying. Hard for me to judge the room note since I smoke outside and usually by myself..

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Country Squire

Similar Blends: Early Morning Pipe perhaps..

4 people found this review helpful.

Bumble Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bumble (53)
Medium None Detected Medium 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 "Bag End" 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 tobacco (hay, earthy) with a little spice and some leather.

The flavor I tasted was mostly the Virginia and burley with a bit of spice, the further I got into the bowl the more of the Latakia I tasted.

I previously tried the H&H Black House & White Knight blends and thought Latakia would be on my "I don't like" list, but this was just a sprinkle and I actually didn't mind it as it was not overwhelming. If I can find more blends like this where it is in the background and not in your face I may give them a try.

I did not have to dry this out before smoking, but it burned hot and I had to force myself to slow down to keep the tounge-bite away (probably a good thing, still learning).

Pipe Used: MacQueen Pipes Ranger

Age When Smoked: new

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geocritter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geocritter (21)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Very middle of the road smoke. The burley comes out with the nuttiness, and the Turkish added a bit of spice to it, maybe a little pepperiness like perique would normally provide. The latakia is extremely muted. This would be a fantastic corncob blend, and I have yet to try it in a churchwarden. There's nothing that stands out in particular to me, but it is quite pleasant to smoke.

Pipe Used: Billiard

Purchased From: The Country Squire

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