I am a new smoker, only a few days of pipe smoking experience. I did a lot of reading (also read the beginner tips on this forum) and watched a lot of videos. Anyway, I ordered a corncob pipe, which turned out to be a mini corncob pipe. I am waiting for my 'Legend' to come in. And i don't enjoy smoking it, because of the bad feeling in my mouth. The taste is kind of sour (it is a new pipe - not dirty) and I get a feeling that something is clogging my throat. It also makes me want to drink water and swallow that 'something', I feel like spitting a lot as well. The tobacco I have is vanilla flavored MacBaren. I have been smoking cigarettes for about 7 years now and this is not because I am new to smoking. I was wondering what could be the reason. I believe (hope so!) it is because of the lousy mini cob pipe, but I watched a video of a man trying it out and he seemed to enjoy it, even though he is a regular pipe smoker. Also I enjoy normal and flavored cigarette tobacco's so I don't think this is mainly because of vanilla taste and MacBaren seems like a decent brand. Is it maybe because I smoke too fast? I know I do it, because I get tongue burns, but if i smoke too slowly the pipe goes off or there are very little smoke. I don't see the point of smoking if there are almost no smoke since it brings the smell and the taste. Well my techniques still needs practicing and I will get there eventually. My packing skills might not be good also, but i tried the baby-lady-man handshake technique. Anyway, my firs tries were unsatisfactory. Do any of you Gentleman have/had this awful feeling in your mouth? I don't get it from cigarettes. I would like to quit this awful habit of inhaling tobacco and damaging my lungs with only the benefit of getting 'the dose' of nicotine. Pipe smoking would be the perfect replacement since it is not so damaging to the lungs and lip cancer or tongue are much more easily treatable (it could be best to just stop smoking but I am a 'tobacco person' and enjoy it a lot - can't help it). Moreover it seems like a great and interesting hobby which brings some psychological benefits as well. But enough of that. Thank you for the answers in advance!