Hello Fellow Pipe Smokers,
So I have been learning and studying how to pack, light, tamp and everything about pipes them selves for a couple weeks now but I still am having taste issues. Here is my problem and I am going to try and relate it to cigars. When I first started smoking cigars I would buy the 2-3 dollar ones because I was new and figured why spend 6 dollars and up when the 2 dollar ones are right here? Well I quickly realized how to cut light and smoke a cigar and over time realized it was more than a manly thing to do while golfing, It was a hand crafted art that when mastered reviled a lot of complex flours. I learned that if I smoked a nice cigar slowly I could get a nice, cool, flavorful and enjoyable smoke out of it and really enjoy it.
Now that I am learning about pipes I see that it is just, if not more, of an art form and I am conflicted on the same issues. I started off with cheap tobaccos and that really was a bad thing to do because the tongue bite was awful and it just tasted like burning tobacco. But then I got samples of 10-15 dollar tin tobacco and its doing the same thing. I really am not getting any flavors besides maybe a little nuttiness but then its just burning tobacco. I ash and it still doesn't help. Maybe my pipe is not broken in? Maybe I'm smoking too fast, I don't know. So I only get a burning tobacco, one kind of flavor and if there is latakia in the blend then I taste that at times but that's about it. Can anyone help me on what they do about lighting and everything to get the best flavors? Because I love cigars for their leathery, nutty, and creamy notes but pipe tobacco smells awesome in the room note but the taste in my mouth has not been good.
Thank you in advance,