I figured I'd take the plunge last night and try another moderately aromatic blend (this one was Dan Tobacco Da Vinci). No luck at all. I had to smoke it so slowly that it kept going out (like fifteen times), and even then it was biting the hell out of my tongue and just tasted like sugary sweet super-hot steam. It's not the tobacco - this is the same experience I've had with pretty-much every aromatic. To make matters worse, I loaded the pipe up with Eric Nording's Hunter Blend Beagle afterwards - a blend I've only tried once, but really liked - and it tasted like nothing. I don't know whether this was due to the state of my pipe or the state of my mouth. ... and this is a pretty mild aromatic! Nothing like one of the cherry-blends that I have (not even game to put that goop in my pipe). How do you aromatic-smokers do it? Do you have tongues made of leather or something? As a sidepoint, it occurred to me that it's probably not a good idea to recommend aromatics to beginners. They seem so difficult to smoke and cause so much bite. Better then to recommend a flavourful, cool-smoking and more forgiving latakia blend. My 2c.