Here in the UK the most readily available OTC seems to be Condor (at least all my local stores stock it). Being still quite new to pipe smoking I'd been put off buying a pouch for a couple of reasons. Firstly the reported nic strength (I have never been a cig smoker so my tolerance isn't massively high), secondly the numerous reviews slating it for tasting of soap. Anyways, I finally relented and got my wife to order in a pack of long-cut (brown) with our weekly grocery delivery which came yesterday. I dried a flake for about 45 mins, rubbed it out well, loaded it into a falcon bowl that I didn't mind ghosting and headed to the man cave. During the first third of the bowl I could see where people were coming from with the 'soap' thing. There was a slight bitterness that mixed with the faint floral scent was reminiscent of getting soap in your mouth. But it wasn't overbearing, and by the middle of the bowl I was treated to a full-flavoured, almost meaty smoke that was very enjoyable indeed. Even the room note was pleasant and I found myself french inhaling without even noticing. In terms of nic strength it was fine for me. One flake rubbed out filled my falcon 'dover' bowl but I won't be loading any more than that into any of my bigger pipes just yet. Now I'm started down the road of Old Ted I'm already looking forward to getting out of work later and sparking up another bowl!