I LOVE my new hobby! As with most new hobbies, I get really passionate and always seem to have a sense of urgencency. I need to try, taste, read, learn, buy and understand everything NOW! So many tobaccos, pipes, tools and toys... Oh my! As you can imagine, this is impossible. I'm starting to learn that pipe smoking is both simple and complex. At first, I spent to much time on the complexities and got overwhelmed. Then, it was like the pipe Gods spoke to me. "Chill Grasshopper, Chill. You can't smoke it all and learn it all today.
+1000 on this Zycron! You explained my sentiments perfectly! This is exactly what I felt upon re entering the pipe smoking hobby after a 10 year hiatus. I wanted to do everything right now and do it right. So I as well went off bought a bunch of different blends and various pipe rests and tampers and got way too excited. Then I started to just slow down and enjoy what I had. Some of the tobacco tins I bought over Christmas have remained unopened since I wanted to give what I already had cracked open a good try. And I have been the better man for it.
I found that these forums have been invaluable. And the best advice I got about tobacco blends were to try each different "genre" and use that as a starting point to find what your individual tases prefer. So with that advice I tried the following with various stages of personal success.
1Q and Captain Black White ( loved these both, smooth and great room note, although the sweet smell makes my wife a little " sick"' but I LOVE the smell!)
Hearth and Home " Black House" ( this is growing on me)
Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique ( haven't liked this one so far but will give it it's fair shake, maybe Perique is not for me)
Dunhill Early Morning Pipe ( I " like" this one but still working on it.. It has a nice Latakia amount.)
Dunhill My Mixture 965 ( I am enjoying this as well maybe a little more than the "Early morning pipe")
Granger ( This one so far is my favorite, nice tasty and not too smoky. I know it's a main stream tobacco but hey.. I like it.)
I have McClelland Frog Morton ( still have to crack this one open but it was highly recommended)
There is so much out there but as ones before have noted, try different genres and you will be amazed. I would also take the time, again as ones on this forum have suggested, to read up on the ingredients of these different blends. And what they add to a tobacco blend. Reading up on what a Perique, Latikia, Virginia, Burley, and Cavendish actually are and how they are made will go a long way in your appreciation of each type of tobacco and what they are supposed to add in regards to flavor.
Life is too short. Look up, be nice, and share your smoke with others who appreciate the same.