Just for fun, I decided to do a little taste test using combinations of pipe materials and tobaccos that had been suggested in this forum and elsewhere.
First off, a cherrywood pipe and MacBaren's 7 Seas Royal (I think this had been suggested on one of the sponsors' web sites). Not bad, nice aroma, smoked very wet, though, and hard to keep lit.
Then, a corncob and Lane's 1Q. Much easier draw than the cherry/MacBaren's; a definite taste of the corn coming through.
Finally, just for comparison, my gold standard: a Peterson System briar and Peterson Sunset Breeze. What a difference! No contest; this had the best taste, aroma and smokeability (is that a word??)by far. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but it was fun doing the test anyway.
Has anyone else done similar comparisons? It's fun & educational!
A lightning flash, a puff of smoke, a phantom, and a pipe dream."
- The Diamond Sutra (slightly edited for pipe smokers)