Well, I decided to rehydrate a chunk of decade old Pirate Kake today and smoke it in my Meer, what a mistake. It tasted like I stuck a ground up peice of charcoal in my pipe. I really like Latakia but it was truly awful. The problem is it's been so long since I smoked the stuff I can't remember if it's worse now or maybe my tastes have just gotten better. Anyway else have this type of experiance with a tobacco you used to like? I can still remember my first latakia blend experiance and it was one of those wow moments that you only get once. This was definatly not one of them.