The Ruins on Isengard is one five pipe tobaccos featured in the Middle Earth Pipeweed series created by Just for Him. The series pays homage to the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien and features five different blends. The Ruins of Isengard is my first review and I plan on tackling the others soon.
Just for Him - Middle Earth Pipe Weed Series
Just for Him - Ruins of Isengard
Brand: Just for Him Shoppe
Tobacco Used: Black Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia
Cut: Ribbon Cut
Bowls Smoked: Several
Date Purchased/Received: January 2015
Pipe(s) Used: The "Elf" Cobbit
Price Point: $3.25 per ounce
Tobacco for review purchased from Just for Him
Quick Note: I used the CF Pipe Tobacco rating system used, click here.
Tin Note: This tobacco has a very inviting note. There is a mild sweetness with that sour bite of Latakia giving it an earthy feel.
Tobacco Strength: Mild
Room Note: The aroma of the Ruins of Isengard is pleasant. It's not as sweet smelling as an aromatic nor is it as pungent at an English or Virginia blend. There is some sweetness to it, but it also has a leathery tobacco note. My wife has commented that the aroma is quite different with this blend, but she enjoys it.
Flavors: The Ruins of Isengard blend is said to "form thick, satisfying smoke." I can't think of a better way to describe it. There is some sweetness that is in the vein of caramel and vanilla, but there is that sour element of the latakia to balance it out. The flavors are thick and palate coating, but not overpowering. In fact I would say that the profile is in the mild to medium range while the strength is definitely mild. The Ruins if Isengard is like a stepping stone from aromatics to english blends.
Conclusion: I really dig this tobacco. It doesn't have overpowering flavor or strength, but it is consistent and has a really nice balance of sweet and earthy notes. It's the perfect tobacco to fire up in the morning or when you're in the mood for a satisfying smoke that won't crush your palate. I smoked a bowl last night while sitting on the patio with my wife watching Game of Thrones. It was the perfect setting for a tobacco like the Ruins of Isnegard.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
We finally get a rating system and the first thing I do is not adhere to it. The Ruins of Isengard falls in between 3 Stars (When it's on Sale) and 4 Start (Keep in the rotation). I completely enjoy this tobacco so I will always have some on hand, but I'm not sure it will consistently be in my steady rotation. It is the kind of tobacco that I need to be in the mood for, but like I said, I will always have some on hand for when the mood hits me.