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This is the third in the Middle Earth Pipeweed Series! Red Virginias are blended with a rich vanilla to sweeten aroma. Then burleys are blended in to produce a lightly sweet, nutty, full blend best enjoyed after a long day in the great forests.

BrandJust For Him
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Christrom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Christrom (34)
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I usually hate vanilla but the vanilla in this tastes very natural and slightly woody. This stuff is a cinch to smoke and does not bite one little bit. For me the taste is incredibly weak, tastes like you are smoking fog with a hint of vanilla. A real shame, if this had a stronger taste I think I would love it.


I've given this tobacco an extra star. I found my sample in the bottom of my smoking box and decided to give it another go. As soon as I lit up I was teleported back to the first time I smoked it and I found the taste very comforting. The flavour has developed a little and I think that this would be the perfect blend for a late night smoke. I almost get the flavour of a Shisha pipe I once had in Turkey.

To all those who have tried it and not liked it - give it one more chance. This is a fine tobacco... a dessert tobacco for when you fancy a change of pace


I find myself pining for this stuff. I'm going to have to bite the bullet and order some more (I'm in the UK). What the hell, I'll give it an extra star :)

6 people found this review helpful.

Miyanovich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Miyanovich (13)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

These are my initial impressions, after three bowls of Treebeard.

This aromatic pushes the same question to my head as the others that I have tried:

"Is there an aromatic that exists which maintains a center?"

It seems to me that when tobacco is used for aromatics, it is almost completely unable to keep its original body and flavor. The tobacco merely becomes a vehicle to carry hints, whisps, flavor bombs, and goops. I would like to smoke an aromatic that holds its body / center as well as its unique topping.

You know Latakia eh? You know, "that one"? Has anyone ever questioned that they were smoking Latakia? I say not unless you lost your tongue in Nam. When you smoke Latakia, you say something like "yeah baby, LATAKIA!" You don't say, "What f-ing tobacco is this?"

So far, every "reputable" aromatic that I have smoked makes me go, "what F-ing tobacco is this?" I can taste the maple, the vanilla, the mystery casing, the sugar, but not the tobacco itself. The tobacco becomes a brown-grey tasting bog, with the Tollund Bog Man still buried inside of it. And you know what? If the Bog Man were to wake up inside of your aromatic, 3000 years after his death, the first thing he would say is:

"What f-ing tobacco is this?"

Here's a comparison:

I like Treebeard more than I like C&D's Autumn Evening, which is unfortunate, because I REALLY want to like Autumn Evening. But the truth is that they both have no center, and Treebeard wins because I can taste more of the goodies on top of the Bog Man.

As a huge fan of Tolkien, I wanted this blend to be as strong as Tolkien's legacy, and as strong as the character of Treebeard. As it is, it is nowhere near either. This blend should not be named Treebeard. It should be named after some inconsequential squib character that barely gets mentioned. The character should be one of those shady guys who lives in Bree and kisses Bill Ferny's a$s.

The name of this blend should be something like, "Mangar Turdburgle".

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The dark fruity, earthy red Virginias form the base of the blend. The burleys provide some nuts, wood, earth, a little molasses, and a hint of sharpness in a support role. The vanilla is mildly applied, and is a tad syrupy with a hint of the artificial. A dab or two of chocolate may be present as well. They mildly tone down the tobaccos. The strength and taste levels are closer to mild than they are to medium. Has little nicotine. Won’t bite or get harsh. Needs a little dry time. Burns cool, and slightly slow with a fairly consistent flavor. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. The after taste is okay, but the syrup is a little distracting. Can be an all day smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Aromatic fans will rejoice after puffing on this blend. It is mild, smooth, sweet and still tobacco tasting. It burned very clean and dry for an aromatic and I liked the added essence (although Vanilla would not have been my first guess).

Finally, the cut of the leaf (a cube cut), makes loading up a pure pleasure.

4 people found this review helpful.

Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Never smoked it. But I just have to say that Miyanovich's review below is the BEST EVER on this review site, and has compelled me to look for some..

I'm off out to go find me some of 'Mangar Turdburgals' finest. If he still makes it.......himself.


2 people found this review helpful.

PhantomWolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhantomWolf (38)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Not a huge aromatic fan, but this isn't bad. A mild vanilla that hangs around for most of the bowl, an easy, smooth burn, and a nice dry pipe at the finish. Had a faint cigarette flavour under the vanilla, not much else to say about the taste. I guess this could be a simple all day smoke if you dig vanilla. Also my friend's mother loved the room note, so that could be a plus for you married pipe smokers.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh from Bulk

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1 person found this review helpful.

CoreyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoreyR (28)
Medium to Strong Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I ordered a sample size of this with my recent order of Shortcut to Mushrooms. Upon opening the bag i got a sweet smell but it was hard to put a finger on it. Just sweetened tobacco. A good smell, don't get me wrong. I loaded it into a smallish meer, which i keep for sampling new tobaccos. I found it to be most but not too much so and it contained some "twigs." It took some effort to get Treebeard to lite. Very sweet flavor and casing is evident. Others have said "vanilla"& "chocolate" but I'm not getting that just artificially sweet. My wife is ok with the room note she says it is, wait for it, "sweet." Bottom line? I'll give Treebeard two stars. I would smoke it if i had nothing else but, I'm afraid, it will not be joining my regular rotation. If you like "sweet" though.... I shall try adding it a bit and drying it before smoking. I'll report back if there is any difference.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New from the pouch

Purchased From: Just for Him

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OkieSmokie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OkieSmokie (15)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I honestly ordered this because I'm a fan of LOTR and the inherent connection between those books and pipeweed. Nothing spectacular here, there's a definite vanilla, sweet tin note when you open and the smoke is about what you'd expect from a vanilla aro. That's not a bad thing, if you looking for a full English punch, then this isn't the tobacco for you. I had let it age for about 11 months after my first smoke and that seems to have rounded the flavors out. There's a grassiness and nuttiness from the Virginia/Burley combination and it plays nicely with the vanilla top. Surprisingly the vanilla isn't that sticky sweet vanilla top, but a more almost savory vanilla taste. The pairings work well together and I enjoyed several bowls on concalls throughout my day. 2.5 stars for this one

Pipe Used: Missouri Merschaum

Age When Smoked: 11 months

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Noctivagant Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noctivagant (9)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Light casing, vanilla and walnut, maybe? A good smoke that there's really not much to. It does seem to burn hot and did give me some tongue bite when pulled hard. Stayed lit fairly well, not great.

I was left with a strong taste of almonds or walnuts on my roasted tongue after the bowl. Smoked down to a fine, grey ash with not goop and little moisture.

Not a bad tobacco, but pretty well forgettable. Not nearly as good as the other Middle Earth offerings from Just for Him, definitely my least favorite of the group so far.

Pipe Used: Briar mini churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

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luvinthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
luvinthepipe (28)
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I purchased a half pound of this and two other of the Middle Earth Pipeweeds in late 2008. LOTS of time to sit and age. I tried them when I bought them but due to my over indulgence in tobacco spending, I am just now getting back to it (I just smoke once or twice a week).

Now onto my review. Very nice. Kind of like the nice woman at the grocery store, whose name I can't remember, this kind of nice just isn't memorable. Beautiful light browns and some dark chocolate brown. Still moist despite spending most of 8 years in an ill fitting reused condiment glass jar. Taste is very mild. Nothing at all bad or bitter or biting. Just mild, very slight nut and vanilla flavors. The thing is about this one is the wonderful range of flavours which you can find. Make sure you don't ruin your taste buds with a heavy Latakia blend or spicy food. This tobacco is a great middle of the day smoke. 3.325 rating.

Just a side note. I think this blend uses Mclelland 5100 as the virginia. As I open the jar, I get that familiar smell. The taste also has that nice sweet flavour. I think so. At least this blend from 2008 had it. They may have chosen a different red virginia in later versions.

Pipe Used: Dragon Egg from Floggelworks.

Age When Smoked: 8 years

Purchased From: Just for Him

Similar Blends: 1Q but MUCH much better..

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Liam Tyr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Liam Tyr (17)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Treebeard is definitely a very light vanilla aromatic. Well... actually an Ent from the brilliant mind of a great 20th century author. The whole thing about adding Tolkien names to tobacco blends is just marketing, partly because the allure of pipe smoking in his works helps draw attention to what would otherwise be just another brick and mortar tobacco shop blend. That being said, this tobacco tastes nothing like Ent... at least not what I imagine they would taste like (luckily). It tastes like a well crafted mild danish style aromatic with hints of vanilla. Please don't misunderstand my meaning, this is a wonderful blend that stands on it own and I smoke this as one of my favorite everyday smokes. Its light and airy and has just enough vanilla to add interest. Its definitely worth a try if you like soft aromatics with earthy burley flavors. There is a lot in a name, and the name "Treebeard" does much to help it stand above the noise of so many others out there. To be honest, I would still smoke even this if it was named "boring tobacco from midwest number 47" or even "Old Bob's hairy ass".

Pipe Used: Savinelli Bing's Favorite

Age When Smoked: fresh and 2 months

Purchased From: just for Him online store

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Papillon6 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papillon6 (24)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just got their sample pack. I started with this one. Treebeard has a distinct barky, or woodsy flavour to it. It lit well after the first light/tamp/relite. Stayed burning the whole bowl without relight. I had a slight gurgle at the end that one pipe cleaner took care of. It started woodsy and stayed that way building a slight sweetness(vanilla perhaps?) towards the end. I had very slight tongue bite near the end but I sip/puff often. Definately reminded me of a woodshop or hike through the forest as it's charecter name implies. A good starting place for the middle earth sample pack in my opinion.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie drinkless billiard style

Age When Smoked: No idea, just opened from sample pack

Purchased From: Just For Him

Similar Blends: Shortcut to Mushrooms(MEB).

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The Right Reverend Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Right Reverend (36)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Some sort of bland vanilla aromatic. The best part is that it is not sweet, just a vanilla in the background and not a bad aftertaste. The room note is like burning leaves laced with vanilla, not unpleasant - not going to chase anybody away, but not remarkable either. Was gloppy in the bowl toward the end and experienced a bit more gurgle than I usually do. Overall not bad but not great either.

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

This is a nice smooth bit of pipe weed. Required a few re-lights, but that can probably be solved by letting the stuff dry a little. Produced ample clouds of smoke. No bite, a little gurgle, just a hint of sweetness to the flavor. I'd recommend and I'll get more when I am through with the 2 ounces I started with.

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fiorano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fiorano (13)
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

I agree wiith tallman down below in the reviews. This for me was light on N and flavor. I felt a hint of perique, but the descriptions says there is none. There is a whisper of sweetness but it is unremarkable. Truthis this is smooth like other middle earth pipeweed blends, and it doesn't disappoint but it is not fabulous or super rich either. It is a comfortable smoke but bland. so far Ruins of Isengard has been one of the tops. They do not compare well. It is very easy to pack with a good thick smoke. I could smoke it all day but I would forget.

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Uncle Burl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uncle Burl (7)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I don't know if this has recently been reworked or if others just got it wrong, but my new sample of this was a rough cube cut not a ribbon. It packed easily and though it takes a few relights to keep it going it smokes cool and even. I am unashamed to say that I love sweet tasting and smelling aromatics, and I don't think that makes me less a man just because I don't like smoking things that taste and smell like burn grease rags or tumbleweeds. This is an incredibly fine tasting and smelling bacca. I will be ordering a pound soon!!! My wife who is not a smoker says the room note comes close to smelling like the package aroma. Since I like talking to her while I enjoy a pipe it's important to me that I have a tobacco we both can enjoy. This one fits that criteria perfectly!!! I think that LOTR character Treebeard was confident and strong enough to enjoy a sweet fragrant smoke without feeling emasculated, and so do I. Get some and enjoy it roaming the woods or on the porch with your lady friend. It's sure to please unless you have no heart or tastebuds left.

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (76)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Tolerable

This comes in a ribbon cut of mostly black cavendish, bright virginia and burley, easy to pack, light and keep lit, and thats all the positives I can say about this blend taste like air with whispers of vanilla, completely boring from first light to the wet dottle found in the bottom of the pipe. Bottom line if this was the only tobacco available to me I would give up pipe smoking completely.

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

This tobacco was just the right humidity when I opened the 1oz pouch I had purchased.

It smelled sweet with a bit of a smokey flavor mixed in. I loaded up my pipe with it and lit it up. The pleasant vanilla and almost caramel vapors were wonderful to smell. The blend seems to be balanced quite nicely, between the vanilla and tobacco flavor. The only problem I had was that it seemed low in flavor, a bit flat, and not enough depth or tobacco flavor.

It is a decent tobacco for an aromatic and will be pleasant to those around you.

Pipe Used: Bent Billard

Age When Smoked: New from store

Purchased From: Just For Him

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (180)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my first foray into the Middle Earth Series from JFH. This seems to me to be quite a mild blend in taste and aroma. The room note seems quite nice. There seems to be a decent amount of Vitamin N along with a nice amount of smoke produced and little or no gurgle while smoking and it burns down to a nice ash at the end of the bowl. I would recommend this to a new smoker and the old hand as well. You should get a few compliments from those around you in the smoking area and passers-by as well.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a very tasty aromatic, although I don't concur with many of the reviewers who taste vanilla or chocolate (taste is an awfully subjective thing, after all). It reminds me a little bit of Deep Hollow, only much better. Like C&D's Autumn Evening, this seemes to be built primarily from Virginia leaf and you can actually taste the Va through the casing. My chief complaints are that it bites more than I'd like (even for a Va-based aromatic) and that it seems to grow tiresome quickly. I recommend this if you like this type of blend, but I also suggest using a small pipe!

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