This. Agree 100%. EMP is a frequent go-to for me, and it took me a bit to figure out how to smoke it just right. When I did, it was night and day. Slow and steady is the key with this one.Um, I am not sure how this thread derails the Christmas thread. But, EMP is a delicate blend, so it require a lot of nuance to be able to pull the flavors out. It may just not be one for you. You might prefer something with more latakia or burley, something easier to taste.
My first experience with this one was a tad bit of tongue bite as well, until I learned to slow down and savor the smoke.
I don't really care for EMP. I'll try it with espresso. Thanks for the tipI smoke EMP and Presbyterian all the time and I don’t understand why so many people think the flavor needs to be coaxed out of these blends and or that they have to be sipped. I think I have pretty shitty pipe smoking technique and I find both of these blends to be fabulous.
Drink an espresso with your EMP - nothing better in my opinion.