Excellent With A Neat Whiskey
Old Toby is the second in the Middle Earth Series from Just
for Him. I believe this to be an excellent smoke accompanied by a straight up
J.D. Old No. 7, Turkey 101, or Ezra Brooks.
Upon the char light I got the unmistakable flavor of freshly
mown wheat. Old Toby definitely has a grassy flavor, but totally unlike prior
experience with blends containing Perique. I have never tasted this in a
tobacco before. This was totally unexpected and nothing short of Excellent.
I have again chosen my TRG White Ringed Volcano to smoke
this in. And, continuing my practice (as with
the other blends in the Middle-Earth Pipeweed Series Sampler) I will smoke
the sample all the way through without smoking anything else until I have
finished the sample. This is so I know what it is really like without any
adulteration. This sample, while large enough to decide if one should purchase
more, is a bit on the smallish side. I must admit to being somewhat
As the smoke
continued I detect the unmistakable taste of vanilla, not overpowering but in
good balance. Unlike Treebeard from the series this isn't overpowered by my
latte, Old Toby’s flavors come through with flying colors. It is smoking very
dry and very cool. I am impressed.
Now as I approach the end of the first bowl I get a very
smoky flavor, a sweet hickory smoke flavor. Old Toby seems to have an
unadulterated smoky flavor that reminds me of the filtering whiskey aroma at
the Jack Daniels distillery. (That aroma is one of the best olfactory
experiences on the planet, by-the-by.) Old Toby is one truly exquisite pipe
tobacco! And, I am forced to award it five out of five stars only because I
have no higher personal rating. As I finish the bowl, there is only a fine
powdery white ash with very little dark ash under it that remains and it's dry.
I have to give a standing ovation to the blender Mr. Bob Schafer. Old Toby is a
truly inspired blend.
The cut is listed as "ribbon" and I agree. However,
I don't believe that to be the literal truth. And it is supposed to be
Virginia. I think it is a Virginia Flake that has been cut across the grain to
look like ribbon and I definitely see some burley and taste it too. I think
they could have broken up the ribbons of flake a bit better, It did required
some rubbing out but not much. I had to break up a few pieces that were a bit
too long for the smallish bowl size of my pipe. But, I am not complaining. As
for the nicotine content, I would go with medium. Old Toby is a very satisfying
smoke. After finishing the other three bowls, I can say it has been
excellent. I have to have more.