Hi I am 18 years old in college and just started smoking a pipe about a week or two ago. I got a few weird looks outside my dorm building smoking a pipe as the cigarette smokers were fing away but I found a really enjoy it so they can give me weird looks! I bought a cob and smoked some cheap super value vanilla because that's all I could find in my area. Since being home on spring break I have bought some other tobaccos like lane 1-q, lane cherry, and prince albert vanilla and what I thought was an ok pipe. Unfortunately there aren't any knowledgeable tobacco stores in my town so I went in blindly and bought a pipe that I wish I wouldn't have. It's wood but after doing some research and finally finding it I came to find its a cheap mystery wood made in china pipe but on a college budget I'm just going to have to stick it out for awhile until I get some expendable funds which college likes to make scarce. After smoking a few bowls through it I am noticing that I am not getting a whole lot of flavor from it and mostly a burnt bitter taste. After smoking today I took the filter out and sucked through it and found that the air through the filter was quite bitter. I have since removed the filter and plan on smoking it tomorrow to see if there is an improvement in the taste. Besides the filter what else should I look into as a culprit to my bad taste? Could it just be my questionable china pipe? I'm sure it also stems from my overall inexperience and lack of sensitivity to taste the complexities as a beginner but I am sticking with it! Thanks for any help you can provide! And if anybody has an estate pipe they want to let go cheap I would appreciate it because I definitely don't want to get any more pipes from the store I got the other from.