Just For Him Old Toby

This is the second in the Middle Earth Pipeweed Series! Matured and red Virginias are blended with sweet Burleys to enhance aroma. Perique is added to produce a wonderfully smooth, earthy-sweet all day smoke that is perfect with a pint of ale.


Brand Just For Him
Series Middle Earth Pipeweed
Blended By Bob Schafer
Manufactured By Just For Him
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Burley, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Cinnamon, Cocoa / Chocolate
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production No longer in production


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.40 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 10, 2007 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I,as a new pipe smoker,thought this blend to be very mild,kind of boring but still maintains the aura of the South Farthing! I think this blend does well by Tolkien enthusiasts such as myself. It tastes very natural and smooth. Well done gentlemen at Just For Him. Well done.

No tongue bite. No goop. Just a smooth,creamy smoke.
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Jan 21, 2007 Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable
Well...this blend has been railed on quite a bit here, but sorry guys, I think I'll break the mold a little here.

Old Toby is by no means anything fancy, or extra special. However, just like all of the Just for Him tobaccos that I've tried so far, it is a well blended, quality tobacco. Extremely mild and almost flavorless, it is nonetheless a solid and even smoke. A tiny bit of drying out helps (as will all the other JFH tobaccos), but after that its a smooth burning, pleasant smoke. Honestly, I'm not buying it again; but that's because I enjoy much more flavor in my blends, preferring Frog Morton on the Bayou or Shortcut to Mushrooms, Ruins of Isengard, and Treebeard (from the JFH line). But...if one who enjoys Captain Black or the other simple blends without much complexity (or in this case, any), won't likely be disappointed. A quality tobacco is always going to be a quality tobacco, even if it's not as rich or flavorful as most of us would like.
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Aug 28, 2006 Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
My well-meaning bride of 7 years (Good heavens, SEVEN years already???) bought me this stuff. She knows I'm a Tolkien enthusiast, and... Well, she was hoping Old Toby would hit the spot.

Sad to say, I don't like it, really. I wouldn't smoke it again. It's really not altogether different than prince Albert, or Captain Black. There's nothing noteworthy about this blend, and considering the price she paid for it, it was... Really not worth it.

God bless her, and her sweet heart, but this stuff isn't any good. (Of course I told her I liked it, but I also told her I wouldn't buy it.)

Fair winds,

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Jun 20, 2006 Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant
'How Old Toby came by the plant is not recorded, for to his dying day he would not tell." (JRR Tolkien) I'm not sure which corner of the Shire Uncle Bob gathered this leaf, but I hope he follows Old Toby's example, and not tell anyone where he grubbed this from. If this was what was shipped to Saruman, I'm positive Old Toby, or his descendants,laughed all the way to the bank with pouches full of gold.

I hate giving JFH a less than "outstanding" or "excellent" review, considering the usually terrific quality of tobaccos they blend, but Old Toby doesn't make the same grade. I've done everything possible, short of kiln-drying, to tame this leaf. It stll gurgles regardeless of pipe, cleaners, Q-tips, or suction vac, takes its own sweet time to light, and refuses to stay lit. I've opened the jar and left it exposed to Texas heat; maybe that'll help.

My most recent bowl was in a wooden McQueen "Siren". I thought a change to a more traditional "Midle Earth" pipe might help. No such luck. Old Toby remains unistructural, uninteresting, and off the mark. Southron Star, or a good 1470, this is not. I think there's a casing, and it could be vanilla, or hazlenut, or miruvir, for all I can tell, but it never stays dry enough, nor lit long enough, to really determine what's going on here.

Thye caveat here is: I love Virginias, and I'm partial to Perique. I'm not a Burley fan, and the Burleys in this blend seem to tame it far too much. I can get the Virginias to come out, if I work at it, but the Perique is an elusive wraith.

I wondered what the gaffers smoked in LOTR. I think I've discovered it. It's enough to keep them busy, but not enough to stop them from chatting at the pub, then getting a good night's sleep. If they want to stay awake past bedtime, and still want an "English aromatic," Longbottom Leaf and Treebeard are more suited to their tastes

My apologies to JFH, as I've sucked down their other "Middle Earth series" offerings, and will be ordeing more Mushrooms and Ruins, but for now, Old Toby (may he rest in peace)... deserves one star, bumped to 1 1/2 for the kindness and promptness JFH provide.
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Apr 23, 2004 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
As I have found with the other blends from Just For Him, Old Toby could use a bit of drying out before smoking. Just a tad bit damp, in my opinion. Not wet or goopy though.

OT is semi-sweet, very mild and unassuming. The Virginia never really asserts itself; it seems to stay muted by the Burley. The Perique comes on slowly, and is more felt than tasted. Like the other tobaccos in this series, there is not much in the way of complexity with Old Toby. It?s pretty one-dimensional and unremarkable.

Old Toby would be good for those just getting acquainted with Perique. Real fans of the Louisiana leaf will be left wanting. I could say the same for the Virginia.

As mild as it is, this could be your all-day smoke. As long as your technique is Virginia-friendly without effort, there is no great need to concentrate on this one. This is good tobacco, but I prefer something a bit bolder for even my all-day smoke. I won?t go out of my way to replace this when it?s gone.
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