So I took a trip to the local smoke shop off base here in Japan and purchased a tin of RY after reading several reviews. Now, I don't consider myself a seasoned pipe smoker by any means but I do have a few years of cigar smoking under my belt. Mostly of the dark, full bodied type. RY seemed like it would be a pleasant change from my usual sweet aromatic smokes. Not what I was expecting! Upon opening the tin I was a bit overwhelmed by the strong smell of hay bales and what almost seemed to me as freshly mowed grass. I was tempted to give up on it, but in all fairness I gave it a try. The tobacco was very neatly packed, not too moist, but not dry. It rebounded well after a pinch test. The smoke itself was very evenly burning, cool, and bite free. The taste however was for me, exactly the way it smelled. Like a bale of hay. I appreciate a good full bodied, heavy on the nicotine type of tobacco and I don't think I got a bad tin, but I'm REALLY having difficulty grasping this sweet, delicious plum flavor that people speak of. Should I let it mellow out for a while? Are all VAs like this? Lol someone please hit me with some wisdom!