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 

  • Ruins of Isengard
  • Longbottom Leaf
  • Old Toby
  • Treebeard
  • Shortcut ot Mushrooms

Just for Him - Ruins of Isengard

Brand: Just for Him Shoppe

Package: Bulk

Style: ?

Tobacco UsedBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia

Casing: None/Mild

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.

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Comment by Docwill on April 13, 2015 at 11:07am

" The Ruins if Isengard is like a stepping stone from aromatics to english blends." This is a great observation and you know have a medium english blend in your possession. This will make for an interesting series of reviews.

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on April 13, 2015 at 11:44am
The sweet-but-dark aroma in this blend is like aroma-therapy to me: it is instantly relaxing. Really hits my musty-old-library sense. If I could only smoke one blend, I'd pick this one. #Day13
Comment by bob dog on April 13, 2015 at 1:59pm
Is it just me or does Gandalf never have to refill his pipe?? It's good to be a wizard!! #Day13
Comment by HardlyClerkin® on April 13, 2015 at 5:08pm

I have no opinion on pipe tobacco but that is one of the best names ever 


Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 14, 2015 at 11:28am

I did the same thing with my review rating tomorrow. Right in the middle.


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