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The choicest blend of Tobold Hornblower himself! Straight from Middle Earth, Old Toby brings together the finest Virginia and Burley leaves with a generous sugar casing and a dash of Louisiana Perique. A treat for your senses and your companions!

Notes: Released 2015.

BrandThe Country Squire Tobacconist
Manufactured ByThe Country Squire
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringSweet / Sugar
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Very Pleasant

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

The Country Squire: Old Toby

This came to me in bulk as a gift from a good friend. It is a lovely & contemplative Aromatic.... this from a fan of the English blenders Samuel Hoggarth & Gawith Hoggarth & the Mac Baren blends. I don’t know if JRR Tolkien smoked this with CS Lewis & the Inklings ... but then it wasn’t around then! It is a blend of Virginia’s, Burleys & the blender says Louisiana Perique... which is very very mild. It has a sugar casing & one reviewer aptly termed it “baked brown sugar, maple, bourbon”. I concur... can’t identify the Bourbon as I quit drinking (for all the usual reasons). It is a sumptuous smoke. The moisture content was extremely high so I dried it out several days. It smokes cool w/no bite. The Nic hit is mild ...( remember I’m used to the English blends). The room note is very pleasant & the briar exuded a pluffera of smoke. It is a coarse cut. It is not hard to recommend this tobacco... especially to Aromatic affectionados or English fans like meself wanting a quality Aromatic. 3+ Stars.

Pipe Used: Briars: Dunhill, Ashton, Comoys

Age When Smoked: New

14 people found this review helpful.

Jasn Wilcox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jasn Wilcox (8)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I don’t know about all the nuances of tobacco reviews, but I will say Old Toby is the best tasting tobacco I’ve ever smoked. May have to relight or dry out or whatever ( I wouldn't think so but some might)... but as far as taste, best I’ve ever tasted. May benefit from a longer shanked pipe as I smoked it in my Bing's favorite and a Nording handmade, but again just damn good. Jon David hit a homerun mixing this blend. I swear I was shocked this was an aromatic. No bite, smooth as hell. Just wow!

Pipe Used: Brand new Bing's Favorite, Nording Handmade

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

12 people found this review helpful.

LSUTigersFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LSUTigersFan (5)
Mild Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Like most people who are Tolkien fans, the name alone drew me to this blend. It is a sweet smoke on the milder side of things with a woody sense from the burley. I do not have the most developed palette, but I could get a sense of the sugar coating that helped to create a great mouth feel. But, there is no tongue bite and a very generous amount of smoke. It presents a wonderful room note. I imagine it would go wonderfully with a port or sherry as a dessert or "end of the day" smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Extra Smooth (806) - a lumberman

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Country Squire

9 people found this review helpful.

A killswitch A Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A killswitch A (1)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Sweetness, something on the edge of a holiday spice but a lot more rounded out and subtle which leads into a flavor and aroma I just can’t quite put my finger on, which is what I love so much about it. I have a feeling after smoking for a while longer this will be a go to and become an old friend. I can’t say anything bad about it so I give it 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Arcobaleno Green 606

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Country Squire in Mississippi

Similar Blends: I am too new to compare it. I have had Plum Pudding, Captain Black Original, Cherry Cavindish. I can honestly say it was not like those..

7 people found this review helpful.

Lve2ride Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lve2ride (1)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This Tobacco is sweet and smooth and smokes well. A little drying time before packing helps to keep the relights down. This like all of the Country Squire blends is blended on-site and is not merely a relabeled bulk blend. If you are an Aromatic smoker or just wanting to dip your toe into the water so to speak, this is a good PREMIUM example of the genre.

Pipe Used: Variety of Briars and Cobs

Age When Smoked: Both fresh and cellared for 4 years

Purchased From: Country Squire

7 people found this review helpful.

cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (100)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Prep: Needs Dry time

The sugar casing is evident. Not overly sweet. The natural flavors of the Virginias and Burley are evident. Dark fruit, a bit of molasses and nuttiness. The Perique is slightly peppery/spicy, but their description is accurate; it is a dash. All in all, a great aromatic, which is coming from a guy who doesnt care for aros all that much. A top 5 for me in the aromatic category. I’d rate it highest out of all the Middle Earth aromatic blends from The Country Squire. 7.5/10 YouTube Video

6 people found this review helpful.

Valance Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Valance (1)
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is the first tobacco that's prompted me to write a review and that's because I can't understand this blend.

From its subtle and soft flavours that exude from every puff to it's inexplicable resilience. For a tobacco as goopy as this, it burns as if it were enchanted.

It lights like a dream and offers absolutely no tongue bite. Whilst we all agree we should sip our pipes and savour the flavours, I pushed this to its limits like someone chugging a glass of fine red. I couldn't find its limit.

It stayed cool despite my constant assaults. It refused to bite me for my impatience..

And I couldn't slow down because I didn't want to stop enjoying the flavour of this tobacco.

10/10 first time smoke out of the bag.

Next time I'll remind myself to slow down, if only to keep testing it but from the opposite perspective.

Would recommend and will be stocking up enough to last the fall of humankind

Pipe Used: Peterson Fisherman X105

Purchased From: Country Squire

5 people found this review helpful.

CCW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CCW (1)
Mild Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

Old Toby is one of the finest aromatics I have yet to smoke. I can't exactly say it's my favorite, because maybe I haven't smoked my favorite yet, but right now, this is my favorite full flavored aromatic tobacco on the market. I say full flavored because it is hefty in the aroma and taste department. Sometimes I might not be in the mood for such a full flavored and rich smelling tobacco, but this one, for me at least, just cannot be beaten.

I ordered 4 ounces of it off the recommendation of a friend and I'm so glad I did. Being a fan of JRR Tolkien's work and the movies as well, I had to give it a try. My only sadness is that I don't have a proper wizard inspired warden to smoke it in.

When I first opened the bag, I was instantly hit with the aroma of maple and vanilla, maybe even some brown sugar. If comfort, peace and relaxation had a smell, this would be it. It also has the hard to find characteristic of smelling and tasting exactly as it smells right from the bag. It comes a little moist, more so than I typically receive in other aromatic blends, perhaps even slightly sticky leaving a bit of a residue on your fingers, but I've encountered this before in other blends and it never ended up being an issue.

I've smoked it right from the bag and also provided a little dry time, but in either case, it seems to smoke just fine. When still moist, you can hear the soft crackle of the tobacco dry out as the flame approaches. It still lights great and smokes just fine with a few relights in my case, but no more than average.

When lit, you instantly smell the maple and vanilla hints and you can taste them just the same. It has no bite, but if you tried to smoke it too hot or fast, I can't promise it won't. Take this one slow and easy and just enjoy the aroma and imagine yourself in the Shire on a bench with Gandalf puffing and blowing smoke rings. You owe it yourself to try this one if you enjoy sweeter aromatics. This one will definitely become one to which I order frequently.

Pipe Used: MM Washington Rob Roy

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

Similar Blends: The Country Squire Tobacconist - Second Breakfast (Middle Earth Series).

5 people found this review helpful.

JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (119)
Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Tastes like baked brown sugar, maple, and maybe a hint of bourbon. Not bad for an extremely wet aromatic, I need hand wipes after I smoke this stuff to remove the sticky residue from my fingers after packing the bowl. I wil say, this is one of the few aromatics that I can actually taste in the smoke and not just smell.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Little Devil

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new pouch

Purchased From: The Country Squire (online)

Similar Blends: Virginia Cream, Autumn Evening.

5 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Wyoming Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Wyoming (2)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

What’s in your pipe? Make it Old Toby! “Old Toby”, sounds a little like what you may call your loyalist of dogs. The one who stood by your side, listened to your stories, and pounced upon your return even if you’d only be gone a short time. For me as I smoke “Old Toby” it feels like I’m returning to an old friend. Returning to a time when life was simpler. If you’ve watched the first Hobbit movie as Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins reflect over the Shire, I must believe they often reflected back to this time as their journey became a battle. “The Country Squire” was new to me. I’d heard of them. I even had a link on my phone, but I’d never bought anything. I posted on FB looking for suggestions on what I should buy. Being a Hobbit fan, I was drawn to their, “Middle Earth Tobaccos”. Of course, just because the tobaccos have a fancy name does not mean it’s a good tobacco. (Keep in mind I’m not one who can pull taste all the subtle nuances of each blend. I generally hope, especially with aromatics that it tastes like the “tin note”.) Upon opening the baggie, I only bought 1oz, I was blown away. The Country Squire describes it as having “a generous sugar casing”. I have absolutely NO idea what this means. What I do know is that upon opening the baggie the most amazing and unknown aroma came out. I can’t describe it, but I absolutely loved it. If only the tobacco tasted anything like it smelled I knew this was a winner. Out of the bag the tobacco is a bit wet/goopy. I’ve had worse, but just be aware. I did not dry it; I went straight to packing and lighting. Both were perfect. The biggest test was the taste. Wow, it was spot on amazing. It tasted like it smelled, and with the retro I got the same. I wasn’t left searching. I wasn’t disappointed! I was left content and happy during my crazy journey called “life”. It smoked cool and burned down to a nice ash. Larger bowls have left some tobacco in the bottom. Normal for many aromatics. I’ve smoked with probably 5 different pipes with about the same experience in each. I ran out of the first ounce before I could get my order in for 8 more ounces. For me this is a perfect tobacco and jumped right into my top 1. I now have two top ones. :)

Pipe Used: Floggleworks churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Out of bag

Purchased From: The Country Squire

Similar Blends: Nothing that I know of.

4 people found this review helpful.

Alaska Kate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alaska Kate (1)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Just tried this for the first time and found Old Toby delicious. One of very few tobaccos that tastes good as well as smelling divine. Nutty, sweet, mild but rich.

Pipe Used: Graco bent prince

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Country Squire

3 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (183)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Having never read the LOTR books as a pipe smoker Old Toby reminds me of Sherlock Holmes’ dog Toby.

Smoking now:

Bag aroma is… sugar. It’s very sweet. I don’t detect any sort of flavoring ie vanilla or honey, rather it smells like tobacco… but sweetened. Raisins, honey, hay. Reminds me a lot of Molto Dolce without the obvious caramel and vanilla. It’s almost as wet as MD too, however it’s not as sticky. This will coat your fingers and leave behind topping on your pipe board or whatever you prep your tobacco on.

Smoked it right from the bag with no dry time. Old Toby crackles and pops when you light it, it’s magical.

Now I appreciate that this is a Virginia burley… Perique. The addition of perique instead of the Cavindish appealed to me immensely. Now, can I taste perique? Sort of… there’s not a lot of tobacco flavors going on here it’s all very much retarded by the sweet sugary topping. What I do like is what little flavors I do get are of tobacco. Nutty, wood, hay, bread, raisins, a little pepper spice but it’s all very light. The sugar dominates and along with the natural tobacco flavors coming though it’s quite nice.

Pleased that there is absolutely zero harshness, mouth tingle, or tongue bite with this. A bulk aromatic that does not bite is a treat.

Dont set it down for very long as it’ll go out quick. Rather consistent flavor for 3/4 of the bowl. Co-workers said the room note was very pleasant, no complaints.

Very easy and relaxing smoke, an aromatic that tastes like tobacco! It will not interfere with whatever else you’re doing as the taste is light and the after taste is minimal. As far as aromatics go this is fantastic. Well done! My co-worked loved the room note.

Pipe Used: Briar

Purchased From: Country Squire

Similar Blends: Sutliff Molto Dolce / Creme Brulee.

3 people found this review helpful.

Bwh31 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bwh31 (3)
Mild Very Strong Medium Very Pleasant

To be upfront, this is one of the best aromatics I have ever had the pleasure of smoking. The flavor of the smoke matches the smell of the tobacco perfectly, and comes through surprisingly strong for an aromatic. Most of the time, aromatics smell great but taste like warm air when you actually smoke them. This tobacco breaks this trend to create a very tasty and enjoyable smoking experience.

The tin note of this tobacco is a wonderful maple/vanilla cake scent that smells amazing. The flavor of the smoke matches that scent perfectly and tastes very sweet. It is a very enjoyable smoke, which smoked down very consistently with minimal relights. The tobacco was very moist when I opened the bag, and I was worried it wouldn't burn well without drying, but that didn't end up being the case as it smoked very easy.

I reserve a 4 star rating for the best of the best tobaccos I try, and in my opinion this tobacco has earned that rating. It is an extremely tasty, great smelling aromatic that smokes easy and has a fantastic room note. If aromatics are your thing, then definitely give Old Toby a shot.

Pipe Used: Multiple Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin

Purchased From: The Country Squire

Similar Blends: Cornell and Diehl Autumn Evening.

3 people found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (133)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

In the immortal words of Gollum. “We wants it. We need it. Must have the precious.”

Pulled out the funky Churchwarden for … you guessed it … that precious Old Toby. I own this single churchwarden and it is dedicated to only smoking Old Toby; ghosting is incredible on this blend.

Not a huge aromatic guy but I will tell you Country Squire’s tasty mixture is my absolute favorite in the category. Word to the wise, this stuff HAS to set-up for literally days due the moisture level (excessive PG?), but once it is good to go what an absolute Middle Earth treat.

Comprised of choice Virginias and Burleys doused in brown sugary, bourbon-full, maple-nougaty spiciness with a modest amount of pungent earthy Perique make this blend exceptional to the genre.

Precious it is in my opinion and my thanks to the good folks at Country Squire for this little bit of Tolkien magic.

Happy piping my friends!

2 people found this review helpful.

Creek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Creek (14)
Very Mild Medium Full Very Pleasant

Heavy Spice and wood/nuts, Almonds on steroids. Deep fruit like over ripened Apricots Very soft and mild. No bite, smokes very cool and steady. Great smoke and flavor Lots of depth and complexity of blends and flavors. Sometimes honeysuckle comes out of nowhere. Rich. No food tastes, incredible room note with deep aged fruit. Excellent fall blend and holiday blend. But a great blend is great, anytime.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Mail order

2 people found this review helpful.

Bumble Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bumble (65)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

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 "Old Toby" 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 sweet/spicy from the tobacco, no strong individual note but a pleasant combination of flavors.

The flavor I tasted was the Virginia/burley tobacco, with some sugar and the spices from the perique (I liked this level of perique in this blend). My first thought was if you added vanilla to this, it would be very similar to Sutliff's Christmas Spice which I love. The room note was very nice as well!

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

Pipe Used: MacQueen Pipes Halfling

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Theebuckeye Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theebuckeye (5)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

As a relatively new pipe smoker I dont have the most articulate pallet. That being said, I do love this tobacco. I like aeromatics and the sweeter, the better for me personally. I have blends from Boswell which are great. 71st Street from Wilke is amazing as well. This though, is like taking the best of those and combining them into one of the very best tobaccos I've had. It seems a little moist, but this is the first tobacco i haven't had to relight. Its smooooth. No bite and I kept after it because it just tasted soo good. The topping is sweet but not overly so. Its just a very, very good tobacco that i honestly think I could smoke all day. If you're thinking of trying this, I think you definitely should.

Purchased From: The Country Squire

2 people found this review helpful.

grimstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grimstuff (14)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ii found this blend rather one-dimensional. Quite damp, needs drying out. Very heavy on the vanilla, almost overwhelming. Lots of smoke, have to baby it softly to keep it from getting too hot. Uninspiring.

Pipe Used: Cob

Purchased From: The Country Squire

2 people found this review helpful.

Peterson314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peterson314 (38)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

First Impression:

Granted, I am only one bowl in; I couldn't taste this blend at all. I tried smoking it fast, slow, while lighting to get huge clouds of smoke, sipping for nuances, retrohaling, exhaling out of my nose, etc. At times, I thought I maybe sorta kinda got a hint of something, but it wasn't necessarily tobacco.

The flavoring poked through every once in a while. And from what I could taste, is something like a blend of molasses and... Dates? Figs? At times, I thought it might be flavored by a hint of juice from a maraschino cherry jar. Most times though, the flavor barely whispered at me, and then simply vanished.

I'd say that if you are a huge fan of mild aromatics that are not candy-coated, the likes of 1-Q, this blend would be an easy addition to your tobacco stash. While I generally smoke English, I still occasionally enjoy a bowl of 1-Q or LL-7. I need more flavor than this.

I smoked this in a cob with a pretty narrow chamber. The next time I try this blend, I'll pick my biggest pipe so I can get a lot of this lit at once.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

Clynch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clynch (2)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Dark fruit. anise. I'm a noob to doing reviews. I've been searching for a go to tobacco for a year. This might be it. Intriguing, mellow with no bite or off putting taste. Moist, but, after a few lights it stayed lit. Nice smoke

Pipe Used: Peterson system

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: gift

Similar Blends: Not saying its like Captain Black but it fills that niche..

1 person found this review helpful.

Stevetheidahopiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stevetheidahopiper (5)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The best aromatic I've had the pleasure of stuffing in a pipe. This is definitely an aro that wont be favored by a pretentious, overly serious piper who looks down their nose at anyone who so much as looks in any direction away from a classic english blend. But for the rest of us, the tobacco flavor come through, yet still has that hint of sweetness. All while being favorable for those around you.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bubbamorris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bubbamorris (16)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

An amazing aromatic from The Country Squire that has a one of a kind flavor/aroma.

Opening the jar, I’m hit with an aroma that reminds me of a dessert candle. I’m not even sure of the exact flavorings they used, but it really reminds me of a candle, in a good way. Specifically, it reminds me of a candle my 3rd grade teacher used to light up in class.

Upon lighting, the flavor is dominated by the topping. I would describe it as a musky, woody vanilla with brown sugar, nuts, baking spice, and possibly a slight tangy fruit (cherry?) note. The woody, earthy burley is also present along with the topping. The light, grassy Virginia comes through in the finish. There are also pockets where the perique shows up, leaving a tingle on the tongue and in the sinuses. The flavor remains pretty consistent the whole way through. It never suffers from that “hot-air” flavor that many aromatics suffer from. I would recommend leaving this out to dry for 30 minutes-1 hour, as it was quite moist. When lighting, it can take a bit to get it going, but once it’s fully lit, it stays lit.

I’m not much of an aromatic smoker, but this is a wonderfully executed and unique aromatic blend. I would it rank as the best of the Middle Earth series aromatics, the best Country Squire aromatic, as well as one of my go-to aromatics along with Peter Stokkebye Optimum. Highly recommended if you enjoy the occasional aromatic, or even if you don’t generally like aromatics.

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HeadmasterOfHerf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeadmasterOfHerf (25)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

What a delicious blend.

It’s nice and sweet while still maintaining some peppery notes from the Perique. The Burley lends itself well to this blend with an added nuttiness and toasted flavor.

Easily an all day smoke that I can see myself reaching for again and again.

Pipe Used: Rossi Vittoria 8601

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Country Squire

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Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (81)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Well, this makes out Old Hornblower to be a toothless old geezer. Not the finest pipe-weed in the Shire, me thinks.

Nothing really bad here, just mild and boring as milk toast. So, without noticeable flaws I can't go lower than two stars. But nothing really great or distinctive either, so can't go higher than three stars. Kind of falls into that dreaded middle ground with so many other hum-drum generic blends.

Has a smooth nutty flavor that reminds me of a Nutty Buddy (waffle cone, vanilla ice cream, chocolate covering, chopped nuts). There is also something in it that reminds me of Butternut Burley (not a fan of that either). I didn't get much contribution from the Perique which could have spiced things up more.

If you like mild codger blends this may float your boat more than it did mine, but that's not what I expect from a specialty producer who has a portfolio with much more interesting blends to choose from.

I tried resuscitating poor Old Toby with some Five Brothers, some dark-fired, or more Perique, but in the end he just didn't have the will to go on. I've therefore rounded down my score to show my disappointment. But like I said, there aren't any real flaws or imbalances here. Just boredom and naptime in the Shire.

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